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What To Do When Your Child Hates School

Many kids go through phases of hating school – they may show no passion to learn or they may even refuse to turn up. This can have a serious impact on your kid’s education if not addressed.

 But how do you go about encouraging your child to enjoy school again? Here are just several steps to take if your child hates school.

Find out why they really don’t like school

Few kids hate school just because they want to be rebellious. Often there are other reasons – some of these reasons can be serious such as bullying, feeling overwhelmed or learning difficulties. Getting the truth out some kids isn’t easy (especially if they’re teenagers). You should confront them about it, but you should show concern as you’re doing. Once they start opening up, don’t try to offer unsolicited advice or judgement, but instead try to simply listen so that they feel confident discussing their issues with you. Knowing the problem will make it much easier to then take further action.

Talk to the school themselves

Talking to the school could be important in addressing the problem. If bullying is to blame, the school may be able to notify teachers so that a more careful eye can be kept on your child. If it’s problem of struggling with the work, the school may be able to recommend its teachers to spend greater amounts of time with your child. Alternatively, if your child hasn’t opened up, asking the teachers could be the next best option for getting to the route of their disdain for school.

Know when to get professional help

In certain cases, professional help may be needed to help encourage your child. This could include counseling services if you feel bullying in the reason. You could also consider hiring a tutor if your child had learning difficulties or behavioural problems that are stopping them from learning within a school setting.

Provide the right encouragement

Different children will require different types of encouragement. With younger kids, you may be able to help them with their school work. Older kids and teenagers could be more difficult and you may have to instil confidence by highlighting their progress. Try to also show interest in their interests and don’t just push them into subjects that you want them to do well at – it’s better that they have a passion for some subjects rather than hating school in general.

Gifts From The Heart

When you’re looking for gifts that mean something often it’s the ones that show you know that person best that are the most well-received.

Sure, you could buy a generic piece of jewellery or a big bunch of flowers and that would be great but something you’ve remembered them saying they like is more than just a one-off gift, it affirms your relationship too. Take a look at our guide to the best gifts.

Present buying doesn’t have to be outside the box

The key is buying a gift that you know will be appreciated. That might be having her car resprayed or having his bike serviced. Mundane, maybe, but if that’s what you know they’ll love then why not?

Their perfect gift might just be the gift of some time to themselves. Any parent who juggles childcare with work and home will always jump at the chance of being ordered to their favourite cafe for the afternoon with a friend of a book. That level of thoughtfulness is always appreciated.

Very often you’ll want to think about something you can do together. A surprise that means the two of you get to experience something new together. Even if you’re not a big fan of the classic Broadway musicals, something smart and clever like dear evan hansen tickets might be the perfect way to spend a classically romantic evening together. It’s not just about the show but the restaurant you choose for dinner and the bar you find yourself afterwards for post-show drinks. If these are things that you rarely do then the effort will always be appreciated.

Experiences

On top of these there are other experiences you might consider sharing together as well. A wine pairing and tasting course at a restaurant you’ve both wanted to try. A chance to try out an SUP board or a diving course. Whether food, sports or drinks related there’s a great weekend experience out there for both of you.

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How about remembering the days before children where you’d travel across state to see your favourite band? Make it a road trip and overnight stay and enjoy a day or two of child-free time.

You’ve got a lot at stake and you’ve set your goals high when it comes to finding just the right gift, but you’re armed with a lot of ideas, so make it happen. Yes, some of them are going to demand a little research but you can do it. It’s worth every moment trawling through websites to find a gift that gives you edge and demonstrates just how much you really do care.

Find an experience that you both love and book a show or weekend away. Insist on your loved one taking some much needed downtime away from domestic and work responsibilities or get something practical and helpful done. Whatever you choose, if it comes from the heart, you’ll have chosen a gift that means the world to your special someone and you can be pretty pleased with yourself about that.

A Few Extra Ways You Can Keep Your Child As Healthy As Possible

You know that when your child/children were born, your entire perspective on life changed in an instant. This may have happened as soon as you found out you were expecting, or when you noticed how big the bump got, also. For years and years, you worried about the smallest little instances and the weirdest idiosyncrasies, but as soon as your offspring arrived, they became the priority. All of your selfish worries vanished into nothing – they really didn’t matter anymore.

As a parent, your job is to keep that little terror in the best condition possible. Mentally, physically, socially – all of the above; if they’re doing well and they look set to have a marvellous, happy future ahead of them, then you’re doing it right. While the baby was growing in the belly, you guys probably did loads of research and attended lots of classes – which is obviously the right thing to do. You never really fully learn, though; you’re always picking up new things. This will be the case until you’re no longer on this Earth!

If you’re an expecting parent, or you feel as though you need a few more pointers (let’s face it, you always will!), then hopefully the following points will be able to give you a few more ideas on how to bring up a wonderfully healthy little sweetheart.   

Watch What You’re Feeding Them  

You obviously know the basics regarding what you should and shouldn’t be giving your baby, toddler, or infant. But how much do you really know about nutrition? Sure, it shouldn’t be something to massively worry about, but you could be giving them stuff they really shouldn’t be eating. A lot of parents just get whatever they can because they’re busy or stressed out. Put some effort into this; it can be a pretty big deal at times. Obviously, you don’t want to feed them too much; they may develop an eating habit which will only be detrimental to them going forward. It can be pretty easy to do this kind of thing as you’ll want to make sure they’re properly nourished.

Keep Home Safe

A lot of people forget to baby/child-proof their home. This often leads to dangerous situations unfolding. Make sure the home is safe for them to roam around in – you never know what can happen. Sharp corners, loose items on desks, plug sockets – they can all be pretty nasty to deal with, especially for a youngster.

Limit Their Time Looking At Screens

As time has gone on, we’ve developed a collective addiction to phone, tablet, and computer screens. These gadgets have done a lot of good, but they can also damage our eyes, brains, and physicality. Sure, if you want to download Netflix on Mac, windows, or your TV, then it wouldn’t be a problem. Just make sure they’re not staring for hours on end. A lot of parents tend to give them an iPad to look at in order to keep them occupied – this can be a pretty neglectful decision.

Watch Who They Play With 

This shouldn’t be said, because, in an ideal world, everyone is lovely to each other. Unfortunately, it’s not the case. Some kids can be a little rough around the edges in terms of their attitudes towards others. Bullying can have a massive effect on someone’s personality for years to come – even at a very tender age. Make sure you look out for anything like that.

Gift ideas for the little man in your life

Finding the right gift for the little man in your life should be a simple task, right? Wrong! It’s so difficult trying to find and pinpoint the right gift that we often panic and stick with a gift card just to be on the safe side!

With so many gifts, toys and electronics out there – not to mention all the other relatives and friends that might duplicate the same gift as yours, its no wonder so many of us feel overwhelmed! Well, don’t worry because help is at hand! Whether you’re looking for some ideas for what to buy a 6 year old boy, or you’re already thinking about Christmas gifts (there’s nothing wrong with being organised!) read on for some super simple, but highly popular gift ideas that the little man in your life will absolutely love. 

Bath toys

I know that bath toys are usually something that babies and toddlers get the most enjoyment out of, but there are still toys that apply to those who are a little older. Toys like bath crayons are perfect if your child is bursting with creativity. Or even something like bath slime, where they can revel as the bath water turns into a gruesome, slimy concoction are always heaps of fun. If you’re looking to top up their gifts with some smaller items then things like glow sticks are great fun in the bath as are plastic soldiers and other items you can pick up for a low price.

Feed their creativity

There are loads of options here, but the most popular would have to be a good old arts and crafts set. Children of all ages get excited when they see plenty of craft paper, paints, glue, pens, glitter, stickers and anything else that’s needed to create a masterpiece

Outdoor toys

Getting the kids away from technology isn’t as easy as it sounds, so why not get them back outdoors with some traditional garden games and outdoor toys? A football complete with goal set for the garden will always raise a smile, or maybe something like a new swing set that will bring them enjoyment for years to come. 

Something for their curiosity

Do you have a budding scientist at home? Or someone that’s curious about the world we live in? Science toys are always a big hit for those looking for big answers. A microscope is fun to use and experiment with. As are things like magnifying glasses or a minibeast hunting/pond dipping kit to aid your little explorer on their next adventure. You can also purchase science experiment kits in various themes for children of all ages. 

Instruments 

How about something to introduce them to a little music? You could go all out and treat them to an instrument complete with lessons. Or for the younger ones, spoil them with a music box filled with everything from a mini xylophone to maracas, a good drum and even a recorder – if you dare! 

5 Romantic Southern Getaways

When you’re a mom, everything can feel like it’s all about the kids, and that’s because it probably is. Sometimes, you just want to take time away from the kids and the responsibilities and go somewhere fun, relaxing, and romantic with your partner.

The southern United States has some great getaway options if you want romance with some fun thrown in as well.

The following are the top five romantic southern getaways to give you inspiration for your next trip without the kids.

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is versatile in that it works well as a family trip when you do take the kids, and also as somewhere you can go to get away with your spouse. If you’re planning a girls’ trip, Nashville’s great for that as well.  If you’re not sure where to begin as far as planning your trip, consider booking a Nashville romantic getaway package offered by a travel company.

This will help take some of the planning off your plate so you really can enjoy your getaway.

You might consider a carriage tour, dinner at one of the amazing restaurants Nashville is known for, or perhaps a ride on the iconic General Jackson Showboat Dinner Cruise.

When you’re ready for lively fun, you can head to the “Honky Tonk Highway,” which is the stretch of Broadway Nashville is best known for, with live music pouring out of every window along the way.

Jekyll Island, Georgia

Jekyll Island is part of what’s called the Golden Isles, and it’s near St. Simons Island and Sea Island. Jekyll Island is a state park, which ensures it’s pristine, undeveloped, beautiful and of course, romantic.

There are live oaks that drape over the streets, and maritime forests to get lost walking in.

The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is historic, and it’s in the Landmark Historic District of the island. You can take a walking or carriage tour, and feel like you’re one of the millionaire Victorian-era visitors to the island. You can also grab a cocktail at the hotel bar, even if you aren’t staying there.

Another can’t miss is Driftwood Beach, where you can take a horseback tour.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston has endless charm, history, and beauty, making it great for a getaway weekend or even longer if you have the chance. You’ll fall in love and likely want to bring your kids back to Charleston when you can.

You can wander along the cobblestone streets, enjoy fantastic food and take in the serenity of the Charleston Harbor at night.

There are many rooftop bars and restaurants in Charleston as well that are perfect for a date night. A favorite is the Rooftop at the Vendue Inn, but there are others as well like The Pavilion Bar.

Walking along the Battery is something you should do in Charleston as well. The Battery offers a combination of sea views, and also amazing antebellum homes.

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia, known for the historic tree-lined streets and southern charm. It’s close to Tybee Island as well if you’d like to get some sun and sand during your getaway.

For romance, consider a private carriage ride through the city to take in the historic mansions. You can also walk in Forsyth Park, which is the most iconic place in the city. There’s a cast-iron fountain designed to look like the Grand Fountain in Paris. It’s a great place to have a picnic under the shade of the trees if the weather’s nice, and if you’re there on a Saturday, you can visit the farmer’s market.

There are some nice restaurants, most of which serve Southern-style fare and a lot of fresh seafood, or you can do a wine tasting.

Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina takes you away from the coastal areas included in this guide and brings you to the mountains. Located in western North Carolina, Asheville features the scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s a very outdoor-centric city with hiking, rafting and more.

You can drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, or of course visit the Biltmore House. The Biltmore Estate is 8,000 acres and includes on-site hotels and lodging. There are 75 acres of gardens, and the Estate is home to the most frequently visited wineries in the country.

Outside the Biltmore Estate is a quaint shopping village with eateries, or you can go to downtown Asheville to experience the more bohemian style the city is known for, with street musicians and wonderful food.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Let’s take a look at three mother’s day gift (or year round gifts) ideas that won’t fail…

Handmade Soap Gift Set – The Perfect Gift For Your mom’s Birthday Or Mother’s Day

A handmade soap gift set can be the perfect present for your mom. With every birthday and Mother’s Day that comes by, it can be more and more difficult to know what to buy the most special woman in your life. If you need to know when Mother’s Day is, there are lots of resources online, for example, this one on when is Mother’s Day in Germany? There are only so many boxes of chocolate you can purchase, which is why you should consider a natural soap gift set instead.

When we talk about soap gift sets, we do not mean the mass-produced products that are available in every supermarket and retail store. Instead, we mean the beautiful handmade items that are available from independent companies. You can find these businesses online with a little bit of research. They specialise in making soap and other natural skincare products, and thus you can be confident of a much higher level of quality when you purchase their items. Handmade items are always much more impressive, especially when they come in a beautiful individually-wrapped package, and this shows that you have put a lot of thought into the gift you have bought your mom. Most handmade soaps are made using natural ingredients, but this is not something you should take for granted; you do need to check to make sure this is the case. Natural ingredients are much kinder on the skin, providing a beneficial and luxurious cleanse. Commercial soap is very harsh and can leave skin feeling dry instead of nourished. 

Wicker Hamper Baskets – Create Your Own Gift Package For a Loved One

Wicker hamper baskets are ideal for anyone that is looking for the perfect gift for someone they care about. No matter whether you need something for Mother’s Day, or one of your colleagues has a new job, or you are simply looking for a birthday present, a hamper filled with gifts is a great idea.

The first thing you need to do, of course, is to find the perfect wicker hamper. If you take a look online you will see that there are plenty of wicker basket specialists, selling everything from wicker storage baskets to wicker pet baskets. Thus, you should have no trouble finding a good range of hampers. When choosing, do not only consider the design of the hamper, but the size of it as well. You need to make sure it is the appropriate size for the gifts you are going to put inside. If you go for something too big, it will make the presents seem small. 

The next thing you need to do is fill the hamper with gifts for your loved one. Sit down and make a list of all of the things they like. What is their favorite chocolate? Do they drink alcohol? What are their hobbies? You can use this list to then search for relevant gifts. For example, if they are passionate about baking, you could buy them a cookbook and some baking supplies. You may also want to include little finishing touches to make the hamper extra special, for example, scented candles and truffle chocolates. 

Why Artificial Flowers Are The Perfect Gift

Of course, a lot of people will buy their friend or partner fresh flowers. However, fresh blooms will die within a week or so, and they require a lot of upkeep. After a mere few days they will have lost their beauty. This is something you don’t have to worry about with artificial flower bouquets, as they will last for years and years to come. This makes the present extra special, ensuring they have a beautiful flower arrangement that they can admire long into the future. An artificial flower arrangement is also recommended because flowers offer so much more than merely something beautiful to look at. This is because all flowers carry different meanings, and thus you can send a special message to the recipient with the flowers you select. For example, a red rose is, of course, the perfect way to say ‘I love you’ while orchids represent ‘delicate beauty’. You can also opt for your loved one’s birth month flower if buying for their birthday. Peonies and daises are the birth month flowers of April, for instance, and chrysanthemums are for November. You also have more options available to you when shopping for artificial flowers online. You are not restricted to what is in season, and thus you can always buy the recipient’s favourite flower.

5 Wonderful Tips for Choosing the Perfect Engagement Ring

Getting engaged is one of the most amazing experiences you can have in your life, and it’s important to make the most of it. There are so many things to enjoy when it comes to your engagement, and it is something you need to consider moving forward. There are a lot of factors that play a role in the perfect engagement experience, and this is something to think about. 

One of the biggest things to consider when it comes to the ideal engagement is to choose the perfect engagement ring. This is a decision that a lot of people like to be involved with as it can have a major impact on the engagement. Traditionally, people like to be surprised when they are proposed to, but you may wish to take an active interest in choosing your own ring. These are five of the best tips you can use to choose the perfect engagement ring for you right now. 

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1. Think About Style

When it comes to choosing the perfect ring, you need to think about the right sort of style. This is something that should play a role in every decision you make, especially with regards to fashion and jewellery. So, you need to think about the different styles of engagement rings, as well what your sort of style is. Whether you’re choosing a necklace, plumbing for some Royal jewellery, or choosing your ideal rock, style matters. You have to pick something that complements who you are and the way you like to present yourself.

2. Size Matters

Now, when it comes to choosing the ring, you need to understand that the size matters and plays a big role. There are a lot of factors to consider, but the size of the ring you choose is one of the most important. Again, this is largely going to come down to personal taste, and you need to think about whether you want to go for a smaller, more dainty ring, or a larger and bolder choice. This will also be affected by your budget too, so this is something you need to be aware of.

3. What’s Your Budget

Deciding on the right ring generally involves choosing the perfect budget to go ring shopping. We all have an idea in mind of the sort of budget we might have, and this is something you need to think hard about when trying to come up with the perfect price. There are a lot of decisions to make here, and budget plays a big part in this. You need to think about how you can make the most of your budget, and maybe consider shopping around and shopping the sales in order to get the best possible outcome for your budget.

4. Choosing Your Stone

Next up, you need to think about the stone you go with for your engagement ring. There are a lot of factors that make a ring ideal, and this is one of the best things to consider. Most people traditionally go with a diamond, but there is so much choice outside of this too. There are other great looking stones like garnets, emeralds, and rubies that you could choose from. It all depends on the color and style you like, as well as the budget you have set for yourself. Making the right decision about which stones fit which engagement rings is something you need to consider right now. 

5. Complement Your Wedding Band

One of the big decisions you need to think about when you are choosing the right engagement ring is how it is going to impact your wedding band. Now, you’re likely to buy your wedding ring after the fact, but you will almost certainly have definite ideas about what you want from it. This means you are going to need to choose an engagement ring that is going to complement the wedding band you have. The two should be able to work in harmony and look great besides one another. 

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There are a lot of things to keep in mind when you are trying to choose the perfect engagement ring for you. This is an important thing to get right as a business, and you need to make sure you are focused on making the right choices here as much as you can. There are plenty of factors to keep in mind when it comes to choosing the perfect engagement ring, and these 5 tips should go a long way toward helping you with this.

Fun activities to do with the kids this summer

It’s the summer holidays and the perfect time to spend quality time with your kids creating memories and having fun. Here are some of our favorite ways to create epic memories with your kids this summer.

Baking

Baking is not only fun and good for family bonding, but you get to eat something tasty at the end of it! Baking a cake and following a recipe is also a great way to teach kids the value of following instructions. Kids love to get involved and weigh different ingredients, but most of all they love to decorate. Get lots of cake topping options for kids to get creative and create their dream cake. Chocolate spread, icing and hundreds and thousands are all tasty cake toppings, but be prepared for things to get messy. If you really want to push the boat out you could take your kid fruit picking in the day to pick some fresh berries to make into a pie. Check out the bbc website for some fun baking project ideas.

Go to the Beach

A trip to the beach is always full of fun activities for kids. Whether it’s swimming, sunbathing, playing sports, there’s so much to do. See who can find the biggest or most interesting shaped shell, kids can then take the shell home as a souvenir of your fun day out together. You could also collect a range of shells and take them home to make a shell necklace. When you’re kids not splashing around, the sands offers lots of scope for creative fun. Challenge kids to get creative by creating an epic sand castle fortress. Use the sand as a playing board and draw out a TIC TAC TOE grid to play on, or simply have a race to dig a hole and see who can get to the water first. Kids love going to the beach, try and book a weekend away this summer and make it a memorable day out.

Outdoor Adventure

The summer holidays are the perfect time to get outdoors and get active with your kids before the winter arrives and you’re stuck indoors. Exploring the great outdoors is a great way to keep healthy and create special memories with your kids. Hikes or wildlife walks are ideal for budding nature enthusiasts to discover new plants and creatures. Take a wildlife book with you and note the different animals you see to help learn about the different species. If you want the full safari experience, a safari cargo vest and explorer set are two of the most highly rated outdoor gifts for kids which kids love to take on hikes. Mountain biking on family-friendly cycle routes is another fun way to spend time outdoors and you can cover a lot of ground on a bike.

Visit the Zoo

If you kids exploring the outdoors and learning about different animals, you can take it to the next level by visiting a zoo. A trip to the zoo isn’t only fun, it can be a highly educational experience. Let kids learn about the most incredible animals, from sun bears to zebras  you can blow your kid’s mind. Most kids remember their first trip to the zoo for the rest of their life. Talk to your kids before you go and ask what they want to see the most so you can plan the day around their priorities and give them specific things to look forward to. Map out your route through the zoo and don’t forget to take a packed lunch.

6 Things That Feel AMAZING After Having A Baby

Having a baby is one of the most exciting things that you can ever do with your life, but there are so many things that you take for granted – and you don’t even know it. It’s not until you have a pregnancy and go through labor that you realize how important and precious some of your usually mundane actions are. Babies are beautiful, but they can leech the “feeling human” out of you. With that in mind, we’re going to take you through six things that feel amazing after you’ve had a baby!

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That Morning Coffee

You’re sitting in your kitchen that has gone from looking like a kitchen to looking like the inside of a florist, and the baby is still asleep. As you’ve read the studies proving caffeine has no impact on breastfeeding, a cup of steaming hot coffee feels simply amazing – especially as the baby is still asleep!

A Hot Shower

Previously, you’d get in from work, jump in the shower, and then carry on with your evening. Now? Now, a shower is a soapy, long affair. It’s those five minutes you get to be a human being and attend to your OWN needs for a while. It’s hard to take a hot shower when your baby won’t be put down, so savor these minutes!

The Magic Of Breasts

Crying baby? Offer a boob. Hungry baby? Offer a boob. Teething baby? Offer a boob. Sleepy baby? Offer a boob. No matter what, the closeness and comfort of breastfeeding will always soothe your baby. You get to benefit from buckets of oxytocin, and your baby is left milk-drunk, cute, and content. Win-win!

When You Sleep

Before, sleep was a necessity between work and waking. A lie-in was a staple on a Saturday morning, and it was something to grab as a priority. Now? It’s a currency. You’ll change fifteen diapers in exchange for an extra half an hour in bed. They say to sleep when the baby sleeps, but it’s not always the case that you get to do that, so you should rest when you can and enjoy every moment.

Getting Outdoors

You may have been quite the hermit before you had your baby, but now you’re in a position where you get cabin fever when you sit indoors. So, you get out of the house for a walk when you can, and the fresh air hits you like nothing out there!

Dating Your Partner

You will never understand or appreciate how precious dating your partner is until you can’t just go out for drinks or head to the cinema. Those moments where you get to spend time with your partner one to one are much further and fewer between, and you should enjoy them while you have the chance. Plus, he’ll bring you flowers!

Having a baby is a miracle, and you should enjoy every possible moment they’re in your life. However, you should also try to keep hold of the things you love from your old life – like peeing alone – where you can!

How To Save Big With Coupons

Coupons come with a monetary value, and you can cash them in when you buy groceries and retail items. The coupons take money off of your total bill which can result in great savings. To get the coupons, you need to cut them from newspapers, magazines, or print them from digital systems. You can also get them from constant purchases where you earn loyalty coupons. The coupons, if well utilized, can help you save a lot. However, very few people know how to go on a saving streak using them. Below are pointers you can implement to save big using coupons:

1) Know Your Coupon

There are many types of coupons out there, and they are all cashed in under different terms. Some coupons can only be used for specific items or at particular stores. To save using these types of coupons, ensure you purchase items from the specified brand or stores. Other coupons can be cashed in different stores. Their value in each store differs, and you need to find out which option helps you save more. Stores due to competition can increase the face value of the coupon to attract customers and drive sales, and you can ride on this wave to get the huge cuts. However, keeping up with coupon offers can be a daunting task. Coupons Collector has made it easier by sharing updates on coupons available and their value once cashed in from different stores. All you need to do is log in and compare where you get the most value for your coupon.

2) Collect Many Coupons

For you to save with coupons, you get as many as you can. Start by collecting the free coupons or request friends and family to share them with you. You can also become a consistent shopper at stores known to reward loyal customers with them. Stay up to date with the current offers to ensure you get as many as you can. Coupons can be cashed in every day to get discounts or combined to make massive cuts. However, avoid overspending in the name of collecting vouchers since all you end up with is clutter and a low bank account.

3) Check Expiry Dates

Coupons come with an expiry date, and you need to ensure you cash in before time runs out. An expired voucher becomes a useless and a loss of a saving opportunity. Some do not have an expiry date but come with a limited window period for you to use them. Once this time elapses, you either wait for the next window opening or cash them in at a lower value. As soon as you get the coupon, check their terms and conditions to ensure you do not get to miss out on such crucial details.

4) Keep Your Coupons Safe

Coupons you cannot find when you need to exchange them for items would be all worthless. Get a specific place you can keep them for easier retrieval when required. It also helps ensure they are not damaged as would make them useless. You can also sort them out as this enables you to find the ideal coupon to cash in at the right time. In case your vouchers can be redeemed in different stores around town, carry them around safely to ensure you can use them at your most effortless convenience.

Creating the Perfect Family Bathroom

A dull, nondescript bathroom is not what you want in a warm family home. From the layout to the décor, various aspects of bathroom styling depend heavily on the people using the bathroom. Sometimes there are people of different age groups using it. There are families with seniors, and there are those with tiny tots. So, how do you create ‘the perfect family bathroom’ that scores in the looks segment and also keeps it secure and convenient for everyone?

Simple and Efficient Layout

The first step to creating a family-friendly bathroom is to pick a practical design and one that is also simple in various ways. It should give easy access to everyone at home and should be easy to maintain. It should also solve the needs of everyone at home. Various aspects contribute to a family-friendly layout. For example, the bath/shower design, the positioning of the toilet, and the washbasin. 

Let There be Space

When you decide on the layout, make sure that you maximize the floor space. Wall-mounted washbasins and wall-mounted toilets are some of the examples of how you can save floor space. For kids, you need a lot of floor space to let them move around without trouble. Especially as bath times can be a whole family affair.

Toilet Choice

Here are some of the specifics of a good-family friendly toilet;

•    Choose one that is not too wide, one that doesn’t take too much space. This allows you to use children’s potty seats that you can snap on to the regular toilet seats. 

•    Do not choose a tall toilet – select a height that is safe for kids to use. Use a step stool or kids potty training ladder with a no-slip surface. 

•    Place the flush trigger button at a conveniently accessible height

•    Place convenient holding handles near the toilet if you have elderly at home. There are toilet safety rails that are easy to install.

•    Install a soft close lid for the safety of the little fingers (plus it means the boys will be more likely to close the lid as it’s easy to just give it a push and it won’t slam shut)

•    Consider child locks for the toilet seats if you have especially adventurous little ones

Flooring Matters

Anti-slip tiles are a must in bathrooms, especially in the wet areas. Whether you have older people at home or children, it also helps to add a few anti-slip vinyl bath mats. Absorptive bathmats can help create dry bathroom floors for safety. Nice bathmats can also simply brighten your bathroom and keep toes off cold tiles in winter. 

Adjustable Shower Heads

There are several innovative bathroom fixtures available in the market today like the adjustable showerheads, for example. These can provide a comfortable shower for everyone at home. These come either with magnetic adjustment strips or sliding bars or even a shower head with an adjustable arm. Young kids can be intimidated or uncomfortable with a very high shower head. Sharp water falling on you from a great height? No thanks! An adjustable arm solves that.

Bathtub Design

Make sure you think about the height of the bathtub. You might need appropriate step-up and step-down options added outside and inside of the bathtub too. If you have a bathtub-and-shower-in-one design, then you can add anti-slip vinyl bathmats inside the tub to prevent slips. Grab bars, like the safety rails, are important fixtures near the bathtub for the homes with the elderly (or just the plain tired and clumsy…). Sunken bathtub designs with step-down graduation will be more comfortable for the little ones as well as the elderly. So, if you’ve got the budget, don’t forget that option for a remodel.

Let There be Storage 

Provide ample storage in the bathroom when the whole family is using it. You need plenty of space for the toiletries, toys, towels, talcum, toe-nail clippers… and so much more. There are shower hung caddies for secure storage and access of toiletries for kids. You can even add a towel rail and hang some wicker baskets in it for storing bath toys. There are some shower curtains which come with pockets for storing toiletries to help kids grab them when they are in the tub. The other most important aspect of the storage design is to install a high cabinet to lock away all your cleaning supplies. Or better yet, store these elsewhere. You would also need a secure place for your care appliances like curling irons, trimmers, and other items that you do not want your children to access. 

Styling

Finally, the looks of the bathroom. From the core theme to the colors, I like to try and impress the whole family. Using bright colors in some areas with a few quirky elements can encourage the little ones to the bath. There could be timers, sticker charts, and other such features added to help the kids learn to brush the right way and encourage them when they do. Adding plants can be beneficial to the whole family as it can help purify and freshen up the air. 

So there you have it, not everything, but hopefully a few things to spark your imagination and help you create your perfect family bathroom.

Finding the Right Dentist for Your Child

We all know how important dental hygiene is and as a parent you will know that it is important that dental hygiene starts at an early age. You need to ensure you teach your child good habits when it comes to oral hygiene as well as teaching them how certain foods and drinks can impact their dental health.

Another thing you need to do is make sure your child goes for regular dental checkups with a professional and that treatment is carried out sooner rather than later. In order to do this, you need to find the right dentist for your child and there are various points to consider when making your choice. In this article, we will look at some of the factors to take into account before you make your decision.

Important Points to Help with Your Decision

All parents want the best when it comes to their child’s health and this includes their dental health. The last thing you want is for your child to be in pain and discomfort due to dental problems or having low self-esteem because of the appearance of their teeth. This is why you need to find the right dentist.

One of the things to look at when it comes to choosing a dentist for your child is the level of experience that they have in terms of dealing with pediatric dental health. Finding a good family dentist is a great way to find someone with plenty of experience in dealing with kids. Children are often nervous and scared about going to the dentist, so you need someone who knows how to put them at ease, which is why experience with pediatric dentistry is important. An experienced children’s dentist will also be familiar with common dental issues that can affect kids.

Another thing to look at is the services that the dentist offers when it comes to pediatric dentistry. Naturally, most will offer preventative treatment such as checks and cleaning. However, you may want to look at other procedures and treatment they offer such as Invisalign to help bring your child’s teeth into alignment without the need for embarrassing and uncomfortable metal braces.   

One of the things that many parents overlook the importance of is the location of the dental practice. When you are looking for a dentist for yourself, location may not be a huge issue. However, when it comes to a young child, it can make all the difference. For example, if your child is experiencing dental problems and is in pain, or has a dental emergency, the last thing you want is to have to drag them halfway across town to get to the dentist. So, choose a dental facility that is within easy reach.

Take Your Child for Regular Checkups

Once you have found the right dentist for your child, it is important that you book in for regular checkups. This will get your child used to going to the dentist, will help them to form good habits when it comes to dental hygiene, and will help to save them from the pain and discomfort of dental problems that could have been avoided. 

Hers and Hers: 4 Memorable Summer Gift Ideas for Women

Do you have a lady in your life that you need to buy a present for this summer? We’ve got four unique and memorable gifts for women, guaranteed to be loved!

To make a great impression on the special women in your life, you will need birthday gift ideas for her. It is no secret that women love being pampered and receiving special, memorable gifts. Buying the perfect summer gift is the best way to show how much you love and care for her.

Some men don’t have the time or patience to select a wonderful gift. They will choose any type of boring present that may not have such a positive impact on the recipient.

Therefore, it is necessary to take the time to select a memorable gift that your woman will enjoy. This article provides tips that will help you find the best gifts for women.

Get started on your summer shopping with these cool gift ideas.

Gift Certificates are Special Gifts For Women

What are the best gifts for her? The summer months are exciting, bright and cheery. But the perfect summer gift can also be difficult to find.

One simple way to make your gift memorable is to have it personalized. If you’re passionate about buying a fun summer gift that will last for years, you’re making a smart choice with gift certificates.

Furthermore, gift certificates are easy to make when you buy them from an online store. Browse through a beautiful selection of templates from Adobe Spark Post to design a gift certificate that fits the personality of the woman in your life. Even if you’re not a professional designer, the process is simple for you to customize your gift.

These beautiful gifts speak louder than words. 

Romance Novels

Does your woman enjoy reading romance novels? There is nothing more exhilarating than summer reading. If you’re planning a fun summer vacation, buy her a romance book for her to read during the trip. 

Get information from her girlfriends to learn about the type of romance novels that you should buy. This is a thoughtful way to show your love for her.

Summer Gourmet Gifts

Are you thinking about buying beautifully designed strawberry gourmet gifts? Summer gourmet gifts are attractive, delicious and suitable for any occasion you’re planning. Make her summer unforgettable with a delicious assortment of strawberry gourmet gifts. 

Surprise your woman with a beautiful selection of these mouth-watering, tasty creations. You can plan an outdoor picnic and present these gifts to her. Gourmet gifts are heavenly, delightful and will put her in a good mood.

Trendy Sunglasses

If she is stylish, treat her to a fashionable pair of sunglasses. The warm summer months consist of people having fun outdoors, enjoying the sunshine and wearing elegant sunglasses. Choose your gift from leading brands when you’re looking for summer shades.

The sophisticated sunglasses you choose will have her looking sexy and confident when she’s outdoors.

Impress Your Woman to Make Her Happy

When you’re buying summer gifts for women, focus on selecting gifts that are meaningful, creative and heartfelt.

Visit the gift guides section of our blog for more inspiring ideas.

What is There to do in LA This Weekend?

If you are visiting Los Angeles this weekend you are probably wondering what there is to do in town. LA is a city that never slows down when it comes to parties, festivals and events. On any given weekend you will find farmers markets in almost every neighborhood and a thriving restaurant and bar scene. The beach is a popular place to visit in the summer and you can find surfing lessons and paddleboards for rent at almost every beach. There are bike paths leading from one end of the city to another, and taking a long ride on the beach can be a relaxing way to spend a weekend afternoon.

There are a few things going on that you can only catch for a limited time. Be sure to plan ahead and find yourself a good car rental in Los Angeles, so you can do all the things your heart desires.

Second Home Serpentine Pavilion

This art exhibit by architect SelgasCano features a series of colorful tunnels to walk through. The exhibit will grace the Le Brea Tar Pits and museum until November 24th.

Fly to the Moon

If you or your kids have ever wondered what it must be like to be an astronaut, you can go to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena where you will find the Lunar Dome. The dome plays host to the immersive film experience, “Apollo 11.” The experience allows you to blast off from Kennedy Space Center and fly to the moon with Houston on the radio the whole time. Be sure to get tickets in advance. The popular experience is only around until August 11.

South Bay Greek Festival

The weekend of July 12th to 14th you can attend this fun festival at Redondo Beach. The event takes place at St. Katherine’s Greek Church. And features traditional dancing, food and games. While you are there you can take a walk along the beach and walk up the popular sand dunes.

Old Fort MacArthur Days

If you visit San Pedro on July 13 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, you can head over to the Fort MacArthur Museum, where you can see the stars of tomorrow dressed up as soldiers. They will be demonstrating how to use various pieces of military equipment used from 1917 to 1975. It’s a fun history lesson for the kids. There will also be a few local militias tabling at the event which should provide an interesting civics lesson for you.

Griffith Park Shakespeare Festival

The Griffith Park area is arguably the cultural center of Los Angeles, and every year they present a festival of the Bard’s most popular plays. The festival runs from July 5th to September 1st. The current feature is the gender bending comedy, “Twelfth Night” which tells the story of a set of twins and their troubles with unrequited love and mistaken identity. The shows are performed on the stage of the Old Zoo at the park.

LA holds adventure and excitement all year long, but July is a particularly popular month to visit the city. Make your hotel and car rental reservations in advance and you will have plenty of time to enjoy the festivities.

*Authoritative Sources:

https://www.pavilion.secondhome.io/

http://www.ftmac.org/

5 Safety Precautions for Kids in Cars

Always keeping a watchful eye on their kids, a good parent knows how important it is to take precautionary measures and stick to them. As much as driving with kids can be hectic, you need to make sure your kids are secure when inside the vehicle. Keep in mind these five safety precautions next time you’re on the road.

Don’t ever leave your kids alone in the car

Rule number one when it comes to driving with kids is to never leave them alone in the car, not even for a quick minute. Whether you’re going to get gas for your car or buy something to snack on at the gas station, it takes just a couple of seconds for something bad to happen. Your car could be accidentally set in motion while they’re playing in the car, or your kids can suffer a heat stroke when it is hot outside. Not to mention how someone could take advantage of the situation and kidnap your kids. All this could happen in a blink of an eye, which is why it’s important to raise the awareness about this surprisingly common problem. Even though some people might think it’s normal to leave their kids in the car while they run a quick errand, it’s definitely something you should never do, no matter the circumstances. You never know what danger you can put your kids into when you leave them unattended inside a vehicle, so be careful.

Avoid any distractions that can put you in danger

Oftentimes, especially when the car trips are longer, kids get bored and often start acting in a way that could be distracting to the parent who is driving the car. All the screaming, yelling, and fighting between the siblings may cause the parent to lose focus and shift their attention from the road, which can be extremely dangerous and put them all in a life-threatening situation. And yes, as much as it is hard to drive a car and remain focused while the kids are being loud, you need to find a way to remain calm and collected. If they start fighting, or they need your attention, it would be best if you’d pull over safely and tend to their needs. Before you get on the road, make sure you bring something they can play with. Bring coloring books and toys, or play some music to keep them entertained.

Invest in good car insurance

When you are clear on what is covered by your insurance, you are able to drive without any worries. The insurance you get for your car has to be able to cover any costs in case of an accident. Sometimes, car insurance will cover a baby seat or stroller replacement in case it gets damaged or destroyed in an accident. That is why it’s important to get informed about the type of car insurance you’re getting because not every car insurance is the same. Youi car insurance offers a wide range of covers, features and optional extras to meet your expectations and tailors an insurance premium that works best for you. By investing in good car insurance, you can rest assured your car is kid-friendly and functional, and in case anything unexpected happens, you can have a peace of mind knowing your costs are covered.

Choose a proper car seat

A proper baby seat is a must for any parent who is driving with their kids in their back seats. You simply can’t travel anywhere without a car seat, but with so many types of car seats, many parents get confused about how to use them. What happens next is that the car seat is either installed improperly or parents don’t teach their kids how to use them correctly. With over half of the purchased baby seats being installed inadequately, it is important that you, as a parent, understand just how big of a role a car seat plays in preventing your kid from getting injured while traveling. Choose the car seat according to your kid’s height, weight, and age, and consult with a certified child passenger safety technician to ensure your kid is safe and protected.

Emphasize the importance of wearing a seat belt

This one can’t be emphasized enough, but failing to put on a seat belt can often have fatal consequences. Make sure your kids are taught from a young age how important it is to wear a seat belt  every time they’re driving in the car. Always check if the seat belt and harness buckles click to ensure the seat belt is used properly. Lead by example – put a seat belt on as soon as you get into the car and refuse to start the car until they do the same. That way, you’ll instill a good habit that can potentially save their lives one day.

One part of being a responsible parent is to always ensure the safety of your kids. Use the safety precautions explained above to make driving with kids a more pleasant, carefree experience.