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How To Make Sure Your Family Has Healthy Smiles All Round

Mom’s always want to make sure that their families are happy and healthy. While healthy living will always look slightly different to everyone, one thing’s for sure, there’s are a few things that really define what healthy really is. From being able to run and jump and leap, to feeling energized, to preventing sickness, no matter who you are or what your outlook on life is, this will always be the same. And although we tend to get the exercise and healthy eating thing down, it’s also easy to forget about the other aspects of health that you need to work on too. This can often be the case when it comes to oral health. However, it you want to make sure that you all have healthy smiles, here’s what you need to do.

Brush, Brush, Brush

First of all, you’re going to want to focus on brushing. And although it’s highly likely that you already brush at least twice daily, you’re going to want to make sure that when you are brushing, you’re brushing the right way. Because if you’re all going to keep your teeth clean and healthy, you have to make sure that you’re cleaning both the outer and inner surfaces, as well as the chewing areas too. If you want to enjoy fresh breath, you should brush your tongue here too. By doing this twice a day, and flossing, your health will stay healthier for longer.

Eat Well

We’ve already covered off that you’re focusing on healthy food, but at the same time, you need to make sure that you’re all staying away from too much sugar. Yes, it tastes nice, but it’s not great for either your waistline or your teeth. Too many sugary drinks and food will cause your teeth to decay faster than normal. But by eating well, you’ll be helping your oral health.

Get Checked

Next, you’re going to want to make sure that you all stay on top of your oral health and hygiene as well as possible, and this will involve a checkup. You need to make sure that you’re registered with a dental practice, such as Tysons Corner Dental Care, to do this. Then, you may make regular appointments, ideally twice yearly. This will allow you to check on your oral health, and nip any issues in the bud.

Consider Orthodontics

Maybe you’re also suffering from some issues with your teeth too? When this is the case, you could look into correcting any issues that you have. From braces to implants, you may find that now is the time to get your teeth in check, for the sake of your oral health too.

Use A Straw

Finally, you’re all going to want to think about using straws too. Because drinks, such as coffee, can stain your teeth. And when you want to work on having a good smile, this is going to be counterproductive. But when you start to use a straw when you drink, you’re going to be avoiding the issue altogether.

 

5 ways to pest proof your house

As the temperatures dip and the weather gets colder, people want to spend more time locked in their homes, and unfortunately, so will common rodents and pest. Insects, cockroaches, mites, spiders, scorpions, mice and roof rats love to warm up in your home’s nook and crannies just as much as you do.

 

You do not have to spend money on costly pest management. Here are top five cheap and effective ways to pest proof your home.

 

  1. Keeping pest away from your home

Pests, insects as well as rodents are not only destructive to your household property but can also introduce a myriad of diseases into your home. Therefore knowing how to keep the pest away from your home is the first step towards having a stress-free and comfortable pest free winter.

 

  1. Seal all points of entry

 

To effectively keep the rodents away from your home, it’s vital that you seal off any place that makes it possible or the pests to gain entry. While cockroaches are great at wiggling their way through cracks and crevices, mice and rats are extremely adept at squeezing through small gaps.

 

Therefore, ensure that you inspect the entire exterior of your home for cracks, crevices, gaps and any large openings that could offer pests a leeway to access your home. Some of the common points to examine include attic vents, roof soffits, foundation cracks, loose siding, missing roof shingles, and the gaps around incoming utility lines such as electric, pipes, and water.

 

  1. Clean up your home

 

A cleaner home is less attractive to pests, the less chance a pet will live and breed and the less chance you will go on the defense by either seeking the services of an exterminator in Austin for example or pulling out a can of bug spray.

 

Kitchens, in particular, should always be kept clean, and all food residues should be discarded in a closed bin. Ideally, set aside 15 minutes each day to wipe down the countertops and other surfaces with vinegar-it remove odor trails left by foraging insects. Also, ensure all your food and groceries are stored in tightly sealed bags/containers to prevent access.

 

Maintain landscaping

 

Before the winter season arrives, ensure that you perform appropriate yard maintenance. Trim back any trees, branches, plants and any other shrubbery that near your home to eliminate pest “bridges” to your home.

Additionally, make a point of tidying up the overgrown vegetation, weed, mulch and life piles to ensure that lurking pests do not have a place to hide.

  1. Get rid of clutter

Pests, particularly mice and rats thrive in dusty and cluttered spaces, which offer plenty of convenient hiding spots, especially in places that do not serve as the primary living spaces such as basement, attic, and garage.

 

For a start, you can clear any junks such as stacks of old newspapers, pick up any piles of laundry from the floor and ensure that you store your items in an organized and elevated position.

 

  1. Don’t let pest hitch a ride into your home

 

Winter is synonymous with the holidays-a lot happens during December. When bringing decorations to your home, either from the garage or storage shed, ensure that you do not carry the pests concealed in the storage containers. A single spider can spawn hundreds of babies. As a rule of thumb, ensure that you leave the storage containers while opened in the open for at least 15-30 minutes and thoroughly inspect them before bringing them in.

 

The above tips are just some of the tactics that you can employ to stop the invasion from the uninvited guests. However, if you do encounter a problem during this winter, you can call a professional pest controller in Austin to help you.

4 Hobbies For A More Fulfilling Life

In this day and age, we live in massive megacities the likes of which the world has never know. It is a cruel irony that although humans are more densely packed together than ever, there is an increasing sense of isolation in the general population. If you work in a cubicle, live in a condo and drive to and from work parking in an underground garage, it can lead to a pretty lonely existence.

 

Because most people have easy access to social media, Netflix, and other forms of digital entertainment, there is a temptation to sink into a lethargic existence that seldom strays from the day-to-day formula. Many writers have identified this lack of face-to-face interaction as a failing in our society, Bill McKibben’s book Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, is a great read that emphasizes the importance of community.

 

While the overall topic of isolation versus community is pretty lofty, here are a few activities that individuals can pursue this winter to foster real connections with other human beings.

  

Learn a Language

 

There are so many reasons to learn a language and literally zero drawbacks. With helpful websites like Meetup and Mobilize, you can connect with thousands of people who want to converse in French, Spanish, German, or whatever language you please in exchange for a bit of coaching in English. Not only does this help you get out and meet people, it helps you develop a real world tool that looks good on your résumé and can be useful when travelling!

 

Play an Instrument

 

If you never learned as a child, learning to play an instrument can seem daunting as an adult. The important thing to remember is that a little bit a day can go a long way – if you play the piano (or the ukulele, your choice), for a mere 15 minutes a day for a year, you’ll be pretty competent by the end of that year. If you find yourself looking for music lessons in Toronto or the GTA, consider one of Long & McQuade’s several locations or refer to reviews and customer experience write-ups on sites like Yelp. Once you get going there are lots of open mics and opens jams around the city that are extremely inclusive and supportive.  

 

Become a Board Game Wizard

 

Board games certainly aren’t for everyone, but if you find yourself craving a fix of Settler’s of Catan, you can always head down to one of Toronto’s many board game bars or cafés to meet likeminded individuals. Snakes and Lattés is a very popular destination for group hangs and dates, with a huge selection of games and lots of knowledgeable staff to help you have a good time. Playing a board game is great way to bond with people, engage your intellect and just have a lot of fun!

 

Learn to Knit

 

While some people might think that knitting is a lame pastime for grandmas, those folks are sorely mistaken. Arts and crafts are extremely in vogue in the 21st century, and presenting your friends or partner with an awesome handmade scarf or hat creates a pretty special, personal moment. Knitting circles are common and a great way to socialize, but it’s also a skill you can hone at home while listening to music and relaxing with a cup of tea.

 

A Holiday Budget Isn’t Infallible

When it comes to the big things in life, you know you need to budget. Things like Christmas, New Year’s, and Spring Break need some extra attention. When you improvise these special events, it’s easy to lose track of your purchases and miss opportunities to save. But a holiday budget isn’t a flawless financial plan if it’s skewed too heavily towards these events. Your budget needs to work all year round.

It also needs a dose of reality. Sadly, reality is often ugly. Though you hope the months preceding Christmas or a big vacation go smoothly, they don’t always go off without a hitch. You can get laid off, get sick, or get hit with a costly repair. A budget meant to help you pay for discounted presents or predetermined airfare won’t help you cover weeks (or even months) of unemployment.

A holiday budget doesn’t always show you how to handle unexpected expenses. It only helps you set aside cash for things you know you’ll have to buy. The Christmas dinner turkey, the Christmas tree, and the presents that go under it are all things you expect out of the season. You know how much these will cost, so you know how to plan for them. A sudden breakdown with your furnace, an emergency trip to the vet, or a parking violation fine aren’t predictable, yet their payment is every bit as important as the food and gifts that you plan.

Some Americans can cover repairs, bills, or a sudden job loss with savings, but the number of individuals who can do this is dwindling each year. According to the latest stats, almost 70 percent of the nation doesn’t have enough money set aside to cover emergencies of $1,000. Almost half of these people have absolutely zero savings. That means they’re living paycheck to paycheck for when their weeks go according to plan. As for those weeks that don’t, they turn to personal loan companies for online loans to cover unexpected expenses.

Living paycheck to paycheck signifies a chronic financial problem, and it’s usually the result of several factors. Some reasons may include the fact that these people don’t get paid enough, their fixed expenses (like rent) are too high, and they don’t manage their finances properly. In which case, no homemade budget is enough. They need to speak with a professional to learn about how they can manage or consolidate debt and save for their future.

If you do have enough savings set aside to cover these emergencies, then you can solve your own financial problems. Your next step has to be re-adjusting your budget to accommodate the unexpected. Financial experts recommend you breakdown your expenses into three main categories: the necessities, fun money, and savings. The necessities cover regular expenses like rent and groceries and should take up roughly 50 percent of your income. Fun money is at it sounds. It encompasses all the wants in your life. Roughly 30 percent of your income should go towards frivolous spending or special events like Christmas.

Savings, meanwhile, should take up the remaining 20 percent, and it should cover contributions towards debt relief, a rainy-day fund, and retirement. While retirement planning is an obvious requirement if you expect to live your golden years in comfort, the other two may not be as clear. Debt relief is there to help pay down any online short term loans, credit cards, or mortgages you have, and the rainy-day fund is there to replace these products, so you can cover unexpected demands on your cash, like a household repair or medical emergency, on your own.

The next time you sit down to pen a special budget, don’t let your excitement for the holidays distract you. Your budget must accommodate everyday savings if you expect it to be an effective one. Check online for tips on how to start your first comprehensive budget, and see how you can plan for the fun stuff and your future.

Emoji Theme Birthday Party

 

 

Looking for a simple, fun and inexpensive Emoji Theme Party? We had the help from Oriental Trading Co. to get all set with a fun Emoji Party for Sarah’s 12th Birthday.

 

 

Bowls full of candies are easy and look fun! 

Emoji Poop Cupcakes.

The kids love the Photo Booth Props

Want some other fun ideas for your Emoji Theme Party?

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New Year New You: All Natural Raw & Quinoa BArs

INTRODUCING A SWEET NEW SURPRISE: EIGHT HEALTHY, ALL-NATURAL RAW & QUINOA BARS FROM PEREG NATURAL FOODS

Just a Few Ingredients = Convenient, Satisfying Treats with a “Clean” Conscious

  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten Free
  • All Natural
  • Dairy/Lactose Free
  • Certified Kosher
  • No Refined Sugar or Corn Syrups

Pereg Natural Foods has answered the call. The all-natural ancient grain and spice specialists have been on board with the “less is more” movement for more than 100 years. Now, for the first time, they’re offering ready-to-eat snack bars that satisfy the sweet tooth with only simple, nutritious, all-organic ingredients. Available to grocery industry supermarkets, natural food, independent and big box stores, as well as distributors and food service.

Making its debut at the summer Fancy Food Show in NYC, these brand new Raw Bars and Quinoa Bars from Pereg Natural Foods pack a burst of flavor – and no more than six natural ingredients – into eight delicious, mind-blowing combinations, with no refined sugar or corn syrup.

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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.
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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!

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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 Ancestry.com, 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.