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Recognizing mental health issues in your children

Most parents find it fairly easy to tell when their children are unwell. If they have a fever, become very fatigued or lose their appetite, for instance, it’s reasonable to assume they might be heading for a bout of illness. Being aware of mental health issues is just as important as finding out about how physical illnesses, such as chickenpox or influenza will affect them. Fortunately, more attention is being paid to the mental health of young people than ever before, however it’s important that parents, teachers and those who care for children are aware of the symptoms and effects. Here are a few things to look out for if you’re concerned about your children’s mental wellbeing.

 

Being aware

 

It’s known that parents sometimes shy away from the notion that their child might be mentally and emotionally unwell. They may be concerned about the stigma associated with mental illness and the kind of medications that may be prescribed, as well as the challenges of dealing with it. If you feel this way it’s a good idea to learn more about some of the wonderful programs for young people in need of help – check out Newport Academy’s twitter feed, for example, to find out more.

 

Understanding the conditions

 

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can appear in very young children, usually before the age of three. This serious developmental condition has a number of different symptoms, which affect a child’s ability to interact and communicate with other people. The severity and range of these symptoms varies from person to person.

 

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can include symptoms of three kinds – your child may have difficulty paying attention, be hyperactive and prone to impulsive behavior. Some children with ADHD may have only one of these symptoms, while others may have symptoms in all the categories.

 

Anxiety disorders that are a persistent problem include obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a more generalized anxiety disorder. All of these can interfere with a child’s daily activities.

 

Although adults and children can have the same mental health issues they don’t always present with the same symptoms. For example, depression in an adult is usually manifested by sadness, whereas your child might exhibit extreme irritability.

 

Children and teenagers may also suffer one of the range of eating disorders. These include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and a disorder that results in binge eating. These are serious, sometimes life-threatening conditions, and you should get help immediately if you have evidence or strongly suspect that your child has become so preoccupied with food and weight that they are unable to focus on anything else.

 

Mood disorders include depression and also bipolar disorder. Your child may have persistent feelings of sadness or their mood may change very quickly, much more severely than the normal mood swings you may know are common in many people. The severe mental illness Schizophrenia causes psychosis, in which a child’s thought processes and emotions become so mixed up that they lose touch with reality. It most often appears in the late teenage years and during the 20s.

 

Spotting the symptoms

 

Sometimes when a child’s behavior changes it may be because they are going through a developmental stage however there are some signs to look out for if you become concerned.

You should be alert to the possibility of mental health issues if you realize your child is doing any of the following:

 

  • Avoiding friends and family
  • Attempting to self-harm or injure other children
  • Experiencing more frequent mood changes
  • Having more intense emotions, angry outbursts or exhibiting extreme fear
  • Beginning to neglect his or her appearance
  • Experiencing more difficulty concentrating as well as more problems at school
  • Lacking motivation or energy
  • Developing a lot of physical complaints
  • Having trouble sleeping, or having a lot of nightmares
  • Eating significantly more or less than usual
  • Becoming obsessed with his or her appearance, shape or weight.

 

Finally, even if you are aware of some of the symptoms of a mental illness remember that you won’t necessarily be able to identify it immediately. This is because some reactions are typical of normal childhood behavior and also because at first you may suspect a physical health issue. It’s also the case that some children may not be able to communicate their needs and concerns or explain their feelings. As a parent or carer you will need to be vigilant and responsive to your children’s needs, and perhaps to anticipate those needs if they have difficulty expressing them.

 

 

Impurities found in drinking water:

There are a number of impurities that may be present in your drinking water- its type and quantities will determine whether it is a risk to your health, or just an inconvenience.

 

The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines require that tap water “should contain no harmful concentrations of chemicals or pathogenic micro-organisms, and ideally it should be aesthetically pleasing in regard to appearance, taste and odour”.

 

However, contamination still does happen- from Oakley, whose water supply is contaminated by fire fighting foam to Sydney’s drinking water crisis where Giardia and Cryptosporidium contaminated the cities supply throughout 1998.

 

Furthermore, even if your water is safe when it leaves the reservoir, there are a number of ways it can be contaminated- including from your own piping!

 

Contaminants that are found in water include:

 

  • Copper:

Copper is safe in low levels and generally can’t be tasted. However, it is common for older households to have copper based plumbing systems- these can corrode and leach copper into your drinking water over time.

 

Copper contamination may be indicated if blue or green rings or staining are becoming apparent in your sinks or tap ware. Higher levels of copper (which pose a health concern) will cause discolouration of your water, a metallic smell, and an unpleasant taste. Filtration can remove copper.

 

  • Pesticides and Herbicides:

Pesticides can make their way into freshwater, and their cumulative effects are not fully understood. Whilst they are tested for, the Australian standards for acceptable pesticide quantities are much higher than those of the EU, which is certainly concerning! As such, filtration is a good option if your water originates from an area with intensive agriculture.

 

  • Nitrates:

Drinking water that is sourced from aquifers may have nitrate contamination. In low levels this is safe, however in higher levels can be a risk to babies less than three months old, causing ‘blue baby syndrome’. If nitrates are present in extremely high quantities it can also create health issues for pregnant women, and for those with a rare metabolic condition. Nitrates must be filtered out (i.e. via reverse osmosis), as boiling the water is not an effective treatment.

 

  • Microbes:

Microbes including Giardia, Legionella, Cryptosporidium, and Amoeba can pose a serious health risk should they contaminate the water supply. They are often present when faecal contamination of water occurs, and induce gastrointestinal illness in those infected. A recent outbreak in New Zealand left three dead and caused 5000 people to fall ill. Most common microbes (although not all) can be filtered out of drinking water.

 

  • Lead

A recent study found that 8% of Australian homes they tested had dangerously high lead levels of lead in their drinking water. This was largely due to their brass tap-ware. As lead is a dangerous neurotoxin, they recommended installing filters on their taps, or swapping them out entirely.

 

  • Arsenic:

Arsenic is tasteless, colourless, and odourless so can be difficult to detect in drinking water. Whilst small quantities are almost always present, in high quantities it is poisonous. Arsenic levels are tightly monitored for town supply, however can be an issue on private bores, due to either industrial contamination or naturally high levels in the soil. Testing can determine if arsenic is an issue in your water. If you know (or suspect) your water supply could be contaminated, filtration options are available.

 

Filtering contaminants from your drinking water is the smart choice for ensuring the health of you and your family. We recommend that you learn more about the range of filters available, and investigate which option best suits the issues faced in your area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Help: Ways Your Kids Can Help Decorate for Christmas

 

WIth less than 100 days until Christmas, the holiday season is looming on every mom’s mind. From gathering Christmas shopping lists and hunting for the best bargains to planning out the holiday decor, there’s a lot to do in a short amount of time. To keep focused on one of your favorite reasons for the season — family — here are a few age-appropriate ways that you can get your kids involved in your holiday projects.

Toddlers & Preschoolers

The littlest ones are often earnest in their desire to help, but their attempts to help can quickly go off the rails without a little planning and guidance. This is especially true if yours is very active and has a short attention span. To make sure your toddler or preschooler’s assistance is actually helpful, take some time to pre-plan all of your decorating activities and ways in which they can help. By having everything clearly fleshed out and written in a to-do list, you can help everyone to stay on task and avoid any overly ambitious projects that lead to both of you having meltdowns.

One easy way to involve your toddler is by having him help you shop for wreaths, ornaments, lights and other holiday decor. Let your child choose between two items at a time to maximize a short attention span and get decor that he can be excited about seeing around your house. By editing the options down to two items that you like, you can ensure that you’ll love his choice and avoid having a Paw Patrol Christmas wreath on your front door.

Another great way to involve your toddler in seasonal prep is by putting a creative spin on activities they already like doing. For instance, you could have your little one create a holiday-themed drawing that you scan into the computer and have made into holiday cards. Or engage your little artist in painting with some metallic silver and gold paint and then cut the paper into star shapes and string them into an abstract-painted garland to adorn your tree or mantle.

School-Age Kids

As kids reach elementary school, following directions begins to become second nature to many, making their involvement in holiday decorating much easier than with their younger siblings. Make the most of that small stature by having your school-age kids help you retrieve all of the holiday decor from your attic or crawl space. If you have multiple children, form an assembly line to make this process go even faster.

Help to inspire your school-aged child’s creativity by tasking her with planning an outdoor holiday display for your home. She’ll surely beam with pride every time she see your home’s outdoor lights glowing at night; you may even win as the most festive house in the neighborhood.

Encourage your kid to bring their holiday creativity indoors too by getting him or her a miniature Christmas tree to display in their room and decorate to their heart’s desire. Offer a small budget for decorations to help your little one learn the value of a dollar and how to make a little money go a long way.

Tweens & Teens

By the time your child has reached middle school and high school, the magic of Christmas isn’t quite the same as it was when they were small and believed in Santa Claus. It’s up to you to bring the youthful charm back to the holiday season in any way that you can.

One trend that’s gaining popularity and is sure to make your tween or teen do a double-take is an upside down Christmas tree. Add one of these to a room in your house where space is scarce and infuse the room with some seasonal sparkle in a flash. Have your teen help design the decor scheme and hang all of the lights and ornaments on the tree for a finished look that you’ll both love.

Ask your teen to hang all of the outdoor Christmas lights as well. This will be a useful practice of patience for both of you, but with extra help, you can finish this time-consuming task much faster than if you wearing hanging the lights outside alone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explore Indiana with an Amazing Hiking Trip

The landscape in Indiana has a magical beauty, awe-inspiring and bewitching. There are so many different views, that you can’t help fall in love with the diversity of this place, so there are plenty of opportunities to unravel its hidden gems. And if hiking is your thing, you came to the right place, as we’ll take you through a virtual, guided tour of this magnificent region.

Hemlock Cliffs

Located in the south part of Indiana, these cliffs form a valley that stands out through imposing, unique features and a pleasant, cool weather. That’s because the cliffs are arranged so as to form a box canyon, and they shelter various waterfalls and lush vegetation.

They’re made from sandstone rock so you’ll see plenty of landforms corresponding to that. With outcrops and ravines, overhangs and caves, this Tar Springs Formation sandstone hides impressive springs and an underground drainage system.

The cool weather and the plentiful shade are just the things you’re looking for in the midst of a harsh summer. You’ll get to see cliffs covered with hemlock, but also different plants. The aromatic wintergreen, with its small leaves and red beans, is surrounded by the delicate, five-petaled wild geranium that looks like a little star.

Still, the most beautiful of all is the mountain laurel, with its delicate, bell-looking flowers. And if you take this hike in winter, you’ll walk through a Winter Wonderland with frozen waterfalls and snow-covered evergreen brush.

You’ll get to see all that in Hemlock Cliffs, along with rocky formations, large trees, and slippery rocks. And while you marvel at this stupendous scenery, you can imagine the Native Americans that used to walk these same trails thousands of years ago, taking shelter in canyons, drinking the clear water from the streams and bathing in the waterfalls.

The Knobstone Trail

If you’re into more strenuous hiking, then this trail is definitely for you. Considering it’s the longest one in Indiana and part of the Appalachian Trail, you’ll walk about 45 miles and 20,000 feet up in a few days’ time.

Since this hike lasts more time, you’ll need to make sure all your devices stay charged, so you can keep in touch with your family and friends at home. That’s why you might need the best external battery pack that’s easy to use even with no wall sockets. Besides, there might be weather warnings or alerts to consider, so you shouldn’t allow your smartphone to discharge.

This renowned trail is so liked for a reason: it harbors amazing views with tall ridges and lots of hills covered by forests. And if you happen to hike the Knobstone trail when it’s sunny and cloudless, you’ll see on the horizon the Ohio River and the city of Louisville.

The name comes from the way in which this landscape looks on a topography map: like it’s surrounding a knob, represented by the higher grounds of western Indiana. The hills have a button shape because they’re higher than the landforms below, with abrupt walls and very flat tops. So all this looks strange, but enchanting at the same time, with a natural path that’s a delightful hike.

You’ll walk through forests on practice trails, see amazing lakes like the Spurgeon Hollow and Deam, with lush vegetation that invites for a quick snooze. You’ll see streams and mushrooms, steep ridges, tall trees and a generous cover of leaves.

Charlestown State Park

This park covers a huge amount of land in Indiana, almost 5,100 acres filled with enviable vegetation, critters, and scenic trails. You’ll get to experience lots of different hikes around here, whether you prefer easier, day-long walks or more extended trips with overnight stays. This park is near the Ohio River too, so the landscape has been modeled accordingly.

With a lot of creeks and streams, it’s no wonder that Charlestown has such a magnificent vegetation. Consider, for instance, the Fourteen Mile Creek that has traces of a glacial era, so time also allowed the carving of legends, not just ridges. Devil’s Backbone is such a place, surrounded by an aura of mystery and stories about medieval Welsh warriors who built a fortress here.

But if that’s just a story, the Native American remains are not. Just like the Hemlock Cliffs, Charlestown is a place that abounds with historical artifacts of people and animals. Just imagine the Devonian fossils that still remain in this park, along with karst dolenes that cover underground drainage systems with sinkholes and caves.

This park provides a generous shelter to over 70 species of birds too. The happy bluebirds will enchant you with their melodious songs for which many people actively try to attract these fellows in their backyards. Or you might get the chance to see the sociable black vultures, carrion feeders who value the company of their peers more than anything else. And if that still doesn’t motivate you, think about the once in a lifetime chance to meet a true American symbol, the courageous bald eagle. Still, it’s recommended to have high-power binoculars if you actually want to see them up-close.

There are six different trails you can hike here, each ranging from moderate to high intensity, and in the ballpark of 2-3 miles. You’ll walk through gravel roads, descend through floodplains and climb up valleys, admire wildflowers and ravines. You can enjoy a picnic and a few hours of rest before adventuring in the forestry hills with waterfalls and streams. With abrupt roads and ruins of 20th-century amusement parks, you can even encounter great fishing spots, hardwood forests, and platforms located right on top of more steep ravines.

What will you choose?

Just think of how many of these wonderful hikes Indiana has to offer you. There are plenty of scenic trails and varied landscape forms right at your fingertips. Or toes, for that matter. But we’re sure you’ll choose a terrific setting because that’s one thing you can absolutely be sure of when hiking in Indiana: the beauty of its scenery.

 

Author Bio

Rebecca lives in USA, but loves hiking all over the world. Her favorite is Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal. It usually takes 16 days, but she likes to slow down, enjoy mountains, company of other adventurers and take more pictures, so it took her 28 days last time. Another of her passion is the ocean, so all short and long hikes along the ocean shore bring a lot of joy. She also writes for hikingmastery.com.

 

Advice for Going on a Ski Vacation in Canada

Considered one of the finest destinations in the world for skiing, Canada has a reputation for having some of the best skiing in the world. From the world-renowned Whistler to the small resort of Kimberley, there are many places to choose from when picking somewhere to grace the snow with your skis or snowboard.

Planning such a trip is certainly exciting. However, you also have to take into account various points before you set off on your journey. In fact, there are arguably more things to consider with a ski holiday than any other type of vacation. If you need advice for this, check out the following aspects to contemplate before going on a ski vacation in Canada.

Choose a destination and accommodation

First things first, you need to settle on a specific resort. When doing this, you need to look into the quality and diversity of the course, other activities available and accommodation options.

When doing this, it is easy to focus on well-known locations in Canada. However, look into the possibility of staying in a less prominent place. Take Mont-Tremblant for example. This is a beautiful area with great skiing conditions, plentiful shopping and dining options, and award-winning hotels like Chateau Beauvallon.

Take your own gear

If you’re flying and trying to avoid extortionate baggage costs, you might ponder the idea of not taking your own skiing gear. Well, don’t do that.

Along with not saving much money (if any at all) due to the need to hire any gear you haven’t brought, it will also hamper your general comfort levels. Think about it: if you’re wearing your own gear, you will feel more content and ski to your best ability.

On the topic of saving money, also try and purchase your ski lift passes online in advance if possible. You will usually be able to save a significant amount doing this as opposed to buying direct in-person – plus don’t underestimate the amount of cash that will be spent on such passes!

Go easy on the alcohol

When you are on vacation, the temptation to have a drink is strong – and that’s certainly the case when in such a welcoming, fun place like Canada. However, try and stay away from any alcoholic beverages when possible.

Firstly, partying the night away with drink will affect your performance when skiing. Secondly, alcohol can leave you dehydrated. That point is especially troublesome if you’re residing at a high altitude, as it can support altitude sickness – something that can ruin your entire trip.

Be wary if a first-timer

Going to Canada for a ski vacation might be a long-time dream, yet you have to be wary of going on such a trip. For instance, if you have never skied before, the country’s thick snow and steep runs – at least, in certain resorts – might be too much for you to handle. So if you’ve never skied before, or need a bit of practice, it is advised that you tackle a less demanding mountain – whether that’s in Canada or elsewhere.

 

 

 

 

Car Accidents Stay Safe on the Road

Automobile accidents provide some horrific statistics. Vehicles weigh an average of 4,000 lbs, and combined with velocity, the damage can be fatal. The best way to avoid these accidents is to be alert and aware when you’re driving, to have a car that has the latest in safety features, and to drive proactively. A simple run to the store can be the end of someone. Thankfully, each year’s new model of cars brings a higher standard of safety.

 

Accident Statistics

 

Automobile accidents happen everywhere. Worldwide, they are responsible for 1.3 million deaths each year, which equates to an average of 3287 per day. In the United States, the yearly death toll resulting from automobile accidents is 37,000. That statistic is high, however it is a lot lower per capita than it is in some countries due to the advanced safety features our cars have, as well as the quality of roads and assistance.

 

Death due to an automobile accident, however, is the leading cause of death in people aged 15 – 29 years old. It is also responsible for an average of 1600 children under 15 to die in the United States every year. These deaths are not always as a result for a vehicle-on-vehicle collision. Pedestrians are also in danger, particularly small children, of being hit by a car that is either backing up or driving. Over 74,000 pedestrians a year get hit by a vehicle alone.

 

Injuries are far more common than fatalities. Every year between 20-50 million people are injured or disabled in an accident worldwide. In the United States alone that number is a shocking 2.35 million. It’s no wonder that accidents account for $230.6 billion dollars in compensation each year, which averages out to about $820 per person. The level of compensation a person receives depends on their case and the injuries sustained.

 

To make sure that you get the compensation owed to you, make sure to hire a car wreck attorney Baton Rouge to access experienced and superior legal advice. You need to be represented by professionals who know the law inside and out. Accidents can be traumatizing and can take a long time to recover from. You will want your compensation to cover any medical expenses, to pay you for the income you have lost, and for the pain and suffering you’re enduring.

 

Don’t Settle

 

Never settle if you’ve been injured. If the injury was serious enough, it could seriously affect the remainder of your life and your means to support yourself. Having insurance is necessary because it is there to protect you from being left high and dry without help or compensation. Losing income because you have been hospitalized should never be a reality. You should be able to focus on healing and recuperating, and not worrying about how you and your family are going to survive without your pay check this month. Even something as “minor” as whiplash can severely impact your ability to work and provide. Don’t settle, know your options.

 

When you are in an accident, you could suffer from many debilitating injuries. The type of injury you can receive depends entirely on the type of accident you’ve endured. Here’s a comprehensive list of the injuries that can befall you, so that you can be aware and be proactive in your day-to-day approach:

 

Protecting Yourself from Non-Traffic Accidents

 

Non-traffic accidents are the accidents that result in injury, but not necessarily with the car in motion. Accidents that occur when the car is parked are the injuries that your car insurance company won’t cover, however they are also the most common. These are the accidents where a little caution and common sense will protect you from harm. Also teach your children to respect vehicles from a young age. They should always be wary of cars backing up, should never play on the vehicle itself, and shouldn’t hide underneath the car. Then there are also careless acts like leaving your child in the car. Hypothermia and hyperthermia do happen and they can be lethal, particularly to small children who have been left in the car during summer or winter.

 

Here are the top injuries that you can easily prevent:

 

  1. Radiator or antifreeze burns – hot liquid naturally burns. When you’re checking your car for fluid levels or if it has overheated, always use gloves. The fluid can reach 240°F when it is under pressure, so be careful!

 

  1. Flying objects – when you suddenly brake, even if you don’t hit the person in front of you, you might be injured. Flying objects injure approximately 20,000 people a year. To protect yourself, pack smartly and secure or keep loose objects in compartments.

 

  1. Falling – over 28,000 people a year injure themselves either falling against, or out of their vehicles a year. A little patience and care can prevent this injury with ease. Similarly, don’t allow your children to play in truck beds or on the car.

 

  1. Getting hurt by the car door – there are many ways you can hurt yourself on the car door. It could swing outwards or inwards too quickly and hit or pinch your leg if you aren’t fully inside yet. You can close the door on your fingers, or hit your head on the way in (or out). You can sprain or strain yourself if you get out of the car incorrectly and you have a pre-existing condition. Further, never allow your children to climb on your car. Not only can they damage the car cosmetically they may hurt themselves.

 

  1. Getting cut – over 68,000 people get cut by their older vehicles. Jagged, unfinished or even rusting parts of vehicles will easily cut through skin and fabric. These injuries can be prevented by properly maintaining or upgrading your car.

 

  1. Being hit from back-overs – these are the injuries that people sustain when a car unsuspectingly backs into them when reversing. As a pedestrian, it is necessary to be wary of vehicles that are reversing and to wait for them to acknowledge you or stop before walking behind them. Drivers should, however, be the most careful. Children and elderly are at most risk for being hit by a reversing vehicle. Extra care and precaution should always be taken when around a reversing car and when you are reversing.

 

  1. Overexertion – if your car fails, runs out of gas, or is otherwise stuck on the side of the road, do not try to push it by yourself. Even in neutral, vehicles weigh around 4,000 lbs. You can injure yourself through overexertion, and not accomplish much of anything. Always call for assistance first.

 

These are the accidents that occur most frequently because people are careless, aren’t thinking, or rushing. They are all easily avoidable with some care and caution. If you have children, always stress the importance of road safety and teach them to respect vehicles. For instance, children should never run out onto the street to get a ball or any other toy without looking both ways across the street and making sure it is safe, first. They should also refrain from playing on the roads, and always watch out for reverse lights.

 

Adults similarly also need to be careful around vehicles. Commuting in a car every day can make one lax when it comes to safety, but an accident can occur at any time.

 

Protecting Yourself from Collisions

 

Collisions are when your car is hit by another car or vice versa. These accidents cause fatalities or serious injuries that can impact a person’s life. While you cannot avoid the possibility of being in a serious accident, you can prepare and proactively protect yourself.

 

  1. Have a newer car

Your last line of defence when you are on the road is your car. Even if your old car was, when it was produced, the top in safety certifications, it doesn’t mean it is safe today. New cars have top features that actively protect you on the road. Not only are they tested to protect you in crashes, but they have features that prevent you from getting into an accident in the first place, such as an automatic braking system. People’s attention can fail, and when that happens, automatic systems kick in.

 

  1. Be proactive

Be clear and focused when driving. Put your phone away, keep your eyes on the road, and actively check all mirrors and monitor the behaviour of cars around you. Many driving schools today teach young people how to be aware and react to specific behaviour on the road. For instance, whenever you are passing a parked car, always put your food on the brake and look under the car for feet. This is in case children run out from behind the car. Being prepared for the worst means you can react appropriately.

 

Car accidents can always happen. Knowing what the most common types of accidents are is a great way to be aware and careful in the future. Being proactive is the best first step towards being safe. If you end up in an accident, know what actions you can take to securing your future. Being injured isn’t the end, however you need to know what you are en

How To Revamp Your Kitchen On A Budget

From time to time things just need a little shake up, whether it’s something simple like a hairstyle or big like a new kitchen. But our budget doesn’t always cooperate with our aspirational visions, so today we’re giving you the guide on how to renovate your kitchen while sticking to a tight budget.

A Bit Of Paint Covers Up A Lot

Does your kitchen look small? Got cooking related stains on the walls? Just don’t like what colour your kitchen is? The first thing we can recommend would be a fresh lick of paint on the walls to brighten up the kitchen and make it look cleaner and more fresh. Bright colours will make the kitchen look larger but be aware that light colours will be easier to stain in a kitchen so maybe a neutral colour may be best.

Also when you’re getting your pain look out for kitchen specific paints that wont get stained from oil or steam, this will mean you can put off the next round of paint for a few years with more resistant paint, saving you money down the line.

 

Get A New Feature

When you’re doing your kitchen you’re going to need something to stand out and bring in the focus of the room. Of course this doesn’t have to be done expensively!

There are thousands of fun ways you can add a feature to your room on the cheap, how about a mice poster or canvas print by your table, paint your breakfast bar to make it the hub of your kitchen or a plastic splashback on your oven from Simply Plastics.

Keep The Core

Well this might sound counter intuitive for a guide on renovating a kitchen, but if all your appliances (cookers, fridge etc) are still in good condition and working keep them in your kitchen. There is no point throwing out a decent oven just to spend hundreds on a new one, it’s thinking like this that will keep your budget in balance. Obviously if you have the budget to accommodate a new appliance or you have one that needs replacing you should get one, but if your appliances are still working, why fix what isn’t broke?

So we say keep your appliances, save money on that to spend elsewhere & all you really need to do is give them a clean and maybe a fresh new paintjob to match your new kitchen!

In Conclusion

Okay after all this work you can have a brand new looking kitchen for less than £100! It sounds crazy I know but follow this guide and throw in a few personal touches here and there and it can be done.

Everyone has the right to have a great  looking kitchen in their home and today you just learned how to get yourself set up with your own wonderful kitchen to last years to come!

Everyone has the right to have a great looking kitchen in their home. Whether you revamp on a budget or decide to read reviews to take out a loan, today you just learned how to get yourself set up with your own wonderful kitchen to last years to come!

 

Benefits Of Natural Vitamin C Skin Care Serum

Vitamin C has many natural benefits for the human body and is a common ingredient in several Timeless Skin Care products, including serums. Here is a bit more about the benefits of Vitamin C and some of the best Vitamin C skincare products from Timeless.

Skin Benefits of Vitamin C: While ingesting Vitamin C is known to be great for our immune system, adding a bit to a serum has several benefits. First, Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant, which means that it can protect your skin from daily damage that is caused by free radicals. A free radical is essentially an atom with an odd number of electrons and can cause oxidative damage to skin and other tissues. Free radicals can be found in a variety of things including fried foods and air pollutants. While our bodies have a system of fighting free radicals, the efficacy of this system tends to decrease with age. Adding a bit of Vitamin C to your daily skin regimen can help your body continue to fight the toxic effects of free radicals and protect your skin. In addition to its anti-oxidant abilities, Vitamin C is also a known anti-inflammatory. While the mechanism of how Vitamin C stops inflammation is currently under investigation, the effects themselves are well documented.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum: In addition to Vitamin C, this serum contains Hyaluronic Acid which is a powerful hydrating ingredient. Hyaluronic Acid can be found naturally in the human body and can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water.

20% Vitamin C+E Ferulic Acid Serum: This serum is ideal for protecting dry skin because of its Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid content. Vitamin E promotes the skin’s natural oil production while Ferulic Acid is not only a powerful anti-oxidant, but also a potentiator of Vitamin C.

With so many great skincare options, it may be hard to choose one that is ideal for your skin. If you are uncertain, you can always consult your dermatologist or a reliable skin-care expert.

 

 

 

How to make your house a home

Although the two words are often interchangeable, it is important to know that there are big differences between a house and a home. A house may be where you live, but a home is where you feel relaxed, spend time with loved ones or quality time by yourself and is a place that you are always happy to return to. Buying property is a major investment and something that many people aspire to, but it is only when you turn your house into a place that feels like home that the true benefits of owning property come to the forefront.

A home is where you should feel at ease. It is not only a place where you feel secure but also a place that you enjoy spending your time in. When you own a home, you should feel confident about stamping your own style on the place, and it is through the decoration process that many properties are transformed into homes that their owners love and cherish.

Personal touches make a house feel like a home

While there are many ways that you can decorate a property, it is often the personal touches that make you feel at home. This is why a lot of people like to focus on placing images of loved ones, posters and artwork relating to special moments in their lives. If you create a home that is packed with memories and happy times, then your house will feel like a home in no time at all.

When it comes to decorating or adding personal flourishes, it makes sense to think about yourself and what you like. If you have favorite colors, then painting the walls in these hues is a great way to enjoy your home. If this is too much, then add pillows, throws and rugs in your favorite shade while perhaps opting for a more neutral or standard color for your walls.

There are many attributes of a good home, but comfort is definitely something that people look for. This means that you should consider soft furnishings and ensure that you have plenty of blankets and throws to stay warm and cozy. In recent times, the Scandinavian look has been very popular, and this has helped homeowners to create a sense of warmth and comfort around their home.

Focusing on cushions, blankets and candles creates a strong atmosphere, but you’ll find that the use of lighting can make your home even more appealing. As opposed to using one main light in a room, installing a number of smaller lights can make it cozier and help you feel secure and safe in your dwelling..

Add some privacy to your property

Sometimes, the best way to make your house a home is to ensure that you have privacy and some peace and quiet. There are many ways in which you can achieve this, but by creating visible barriers between the inside and outside of your home, you can provide a clear visual indicator that this property is yours, and when you are inside it, you don’t need to worry about the outside world.

Thankfully, you can do this without spending too much money because there are affordable shutters that combine fashion with functionality. Good-quality shutters can reduce the amount of noise that comes into your home, reduce the amount of light that seeps into a room and prevent people from looking into your home from the outside. These are all very important benefits for many property owners, and of course, if you choose an attractive style of shutter, then you will appreciate its look and style. Whether you opt for shutters that match the design of your window frames or the overall appearance of the rooms in your home or just pick shutters that appeal to you, this is an addition that definitely makes a house feel more like a home.

Your personal style and preferences will always play a big role in ensuring that your house becomes a home. There are many experts who offer advice on how to style a property, but your personal taste will impact on what you like and the design scheme that you feel comfortable with. This means that you should think about what is important to you and use this as the starting point for creating a home that you love. After this, focusing on the appearance, comfort and utility of your home will help you develop a property that you adore.

How to Prepare Your Walls and Ceilings for Paint

Adding a splash of paint can often freshen up tired looking rooms, which can transform a space. To ensure the DIY process is a success, we are going to show you how to prepare your walls and ceilings for paint.

Choose the Perfect Colour

Of course, the first thing you must do is choose the perfect paint colour for a room. With so many different shades available, you might be torn on the right colour for your home. We therefore recommend considering the size and natural light that enters the room. If it is a small room with little light, avoid darker colours to maximise the space.

Also, consider the atmosphere you want to create in each room. For instance, blue can be a calming colour to create a relaxed environment, whilst red is a passionate colour to design a romantic space.

The Right Amount of Paint

The last thing you will want is to be halfway through a project when you realise you haven’t bought enough paint. You must therefore ensure you buy enough before you whip out a paintbrush and get to work. Use a paint calculator to discover how much paint you will need for your room’s size.

Prep the Walls

Don’t destroy the paintwork with blemishes, marks and stains, which could stand out for all the wrong reasons. Instead, ensure the walls and ceilings are ready for a splash of paint by cleaning the walls, so they are dust and debris-free. Wash the walls with either sugar soap or detergent, before rinsing them with clean water and leaving them to dry. Do you have new plasterwork within the home? It is essential to remove any blistering or blemishes. If the walls are not in a good condition from removing wallpaper, you are best to seek the services of a professional builder near me for this stage.

A Bare Plaster Primer

Have you bought an oil-based paint? If so, we recommend using a primer designed for plaster. While an emulsion paint can be added onto almost any wall covering, the wall covering must be stuck down and in good condition. Adding paint to textured wallpaper? This might not be the best idea, as the textured design will show through the paintwork.

The Right Number of Coats

The number of coats you will require will depend on the type of paint you buy and what you are painting over. We recommend following the manufacturer’s specific instructions on the tin. If you are painting with a darker colour, you will more than likely need three coats of emulsion. It’s also advisable to allow each coat to dry before applying another.

Cover Your Furniture and Flooring

Paintwork on your flooring or furniture will be counterproductive. After all, you are painting to transform your home, not destroy it. It is essential to cover both your furniture and flooring with dust sheets or plastic wrap before you even dip a brush into the paint. We also suggest having a bucket of water and a handy sponge available to wipe away any paint splashes before they dry.

 

Perfect Summer Wear For Babies

Summer can be a very delicate season which requires you to keep your baby safe and comfortable at same time. Putting on too many pieces of clothing could lead to heat rash, and under dressing the baby exposes its delicate skin to hot conditions, making it susceptible to either a painful sunburn or to heatstroke. Neither offers positive outcomes for your baby.

It is important to state that overheating has been associated with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), due to the fact that babies tend to sleep deeply when they feel hot, making it difficult for them to wake up.

Overheating can be caused by over dressing and swathing your newborn to keep it from cold. However, because babies possess very limited ability to regulate their own temperature, it’s just as crucial in ensuring that it is kept cool in the warm months as it is to keep it warm in the cool months.

What is the Ideal Body Temperature for  Babies?

To be able to determine whether you are overdressing, under dressing, or simply clothing your baby adequately, you have to know its ideal body temperature.

The temperature of the baby in the womb is about 37.7°C and outside the womb, it’s ideal temperature should be somewhere between 36°C to 37°C. In a case where the body temperature of your baby is between 37°C to 37.5°C, it might not likely be a fever.

Rather, this little rise in temperature is usually as a result of overdressing, over-wrapping, or keeping the baby in a hot environment. What is required when you experience such a condition is to simply peel some layers of clothing off your baby and take it to a cooler environment. This should bring down the temperature of the baby.

Is it Essential to Clothe Your Baby in Socks and Hats During Summer?

One avenue used by the human body to cool itself is by sweating. This could be a problem as babies have very limited ability to sweat. They only sweat from their neck, hands, feet and head, which is 30% of their overall body surface.

Based on this, they have a quick tendency to overheat. Therefore, clothing babies with socks and hats on babies during hot weather will limit their ability to cool themselves down again. So, get rid of the socks and hats in summer.

What is the Most Suitable Clothing for Your Baby During the Summer Season?

During the hot season, dressing your baby in a cotton short-sleeved onesie is totally appropriate for your baby. If you feel comfortable in a t-shirt and shorts, then your baby will be comfortable in similar clothing. In the same vein, if the weather is so hot that you feel like peeling off all your clothes, dressing your baby in just a nappy is ideal.

Summarily, in summer, the best type of clothes for your baby is soft breathable cotton.

Is Wrapping Your Baby Okay During Summer?

On extremely sunny days, strip your baby to the nappy and wrap him either in a light muslin or cotton wrap, as most babies like to be wrapped for sleep, even when it’s hot. Ensure that the head of the baby is not covered and its hands poke out of the wrap to allow him some ability for self-cooling.

How to Know if Your Baby is Overheating

Your baby may be overheating if you notice one or more of these signs: reddened face, rapid breathing, skin that is unusually warm to the touch. Generally, babies cry and become cranky when they are hot. Follow the steps below to monitor your baby and know when it is overheating:

 

Press the back of your hand to the back of your baby’s neck, to check its temperature. The optimum body temperature should be comfortably warm to the touch. You can also feel your baby’s head and collar area to check for dampness, as a damp neck or head shows that your child is sweaty.

 

Again, if your baby’s face appears redder than usual or has a rash, it may be signs of overheating.

 

Rapid breathing is another symptom of overheating. You can track this by either listening to your baby’s breathing or watching the rise and fall of its chest.

Restlessness can be a sign that your baby is overheating. Look out for signs that your newborn is finding it difficult to fall asleep, and that it does not stay asleep as long as usual. However, restlessness is also a sign of several other problems, including an intense feeling of cold.

Here are some safety tips to ensure that your baby maintains the normal body temperature:

Ensure that the baby’s head is not covered during sleep, after the first few days of birth. The only exception to this rule is if the environment is cold. Due to the fact that babies lose most of their body heat through their heads, covering a baby’s head will trap a large quantity of heat inside its body.

Overdressing your newborn is not advisable. Rather, dress your baby in as much clothing as you would find comfortable, plus an additional light layer, such as a thin sleeper.

 

Weird and Whacky Gift Ideas for the Goofball in Your Life

We all know a goofy, quirky person in our lives who is always just a little silly. Although they might sometimes grate on your nerves, you usually appreciate that they’re willing to laugh at anything, including themselves. When someone is a little off the wall, shopping for a gift for them can be a little difficult. You want to delight them with something they’ll love, but you might be scared of making a misstep and giving them something they just think is lame instead. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun gift ideas you can use for inspiration if you’re feeling stuck.

Novelty Gifts

A novelty or gag gift is always a great go-to when you’re looking for a present. It might not be something you buy someone as a main gift, but it’s a fun thing to give them on the side. And, depending on your relationship and how much you spend, it could be good for a single gift too. Novelty gifts can include all kinds of things, from a funny mug or glass to a silly sign to hang up at home. When you’re choosing a novelty gift, think carefully about whether it will be appreciated. It’s important to know your giftee’s sense of humor if you want to get it right.

A Gift That Says Something

Buying a gift with a slogan or saying on it is an excellent option if you want something funny. You can get clothing, accessories, homewares, and all kinds of other things with funny words written on them. The shirts from GeckoShirts.com could give you some good inspiration if you’re looking for ideas. Think about your gift receiver’s interests so you can find something that works for them. It’s often funnier to choose something that only makes sense to people who are interested in a certain thing because it makes it like an in-joke that signals their interest to other people.

Something Out of the Ordinary

There are all kinds of weird and wonderful things you might think about buying for someone on a special occasion. If you want to make them laugh or you just think they would appreciate something a bit odd, there’s sure to be something out there that will work. They might like a cool gadget that does something they never even knew they wanted to do, like a smartphone projector. Or you could give them a kit to build something, such as an SLR camera making kit.

Big Kids Toys

There are some things you never grow out of. Everyone likes to play with toys sometimes, even if they won’t admit it. There are some great big kids’ toys that everyone can enjoy, whether they play with them at home or at their desk at work. Some popular toys at the moment include drones and quadcopters, but there’s plenty more to play with. Have a look at buzzfeed.com for an article on toys both adults and kids will love.

If you share a sense of humor without whoever you’re choosing a gift for, don’t worry too much about making the right choice. They’re almost sure to love it.

Compression sportswear: the science

As the popularity of compression sportswear continues to soar, you may well be wondering what all the fuss is about. Sure, the garments certainly look good, and both amateur and professional athletes tell us that they are exceptionally comfortable to wear; but is there actually any truth behind the claims made by retailers about the performance and benefits of compression clothing?

 

In fact, recent research has demonstrated that compression clothing may have a positive effect on reducing swelling and muscle oscillations, and also promoting recovery from injury. It may enhance local blood flow and joint awareness and reduce muscle soreness after exercise. Running economy can be improved, and there is no negative impact on performance. Having said that, there have been some inconsistencies in findings across various studies, so it’s worth looking into the science behind how compression sportswear functions.

 

Muscle damage

 

Athletes embarking on intensive training regimes – for instance, in preparation for a sporting competition – can suffer from delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). This a disorder that occurs as a direct result of the exercise they take during training. To address DOMS, a number of different therapies have emerged over the years, including those using massage, water immersion, and hyperbaric oxygen. Other remedies include the application of electrical stimulation, whole body vibration, and foam rolling. The use of compression garments has risen through the ranks because they can be used to prevent injury as well as aid recovery.

 

Improving performance

 

There have been several studies of compression garments to examine particular features. One research review indicated that compression garments can have a number of positive physical and psychological effects on both sports performance and recovery from extreme exercise. It was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in 2013 by a team of scientists, J Hill, G Howatson. K van Someren and C Pedlar, and entitled “Compression garments and recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage: a meta-analysis.” This is a useful study because it analyses findings from a number of other research projects on the topic of compression clothing.

 

Among the effects noted by the research team were the impacts of wearing compression garments, which are tight, in order to apply external pressure to the human body. This decreases osmotic pressure and decreases the space available for swelling and hematoma. Lessening osmotic pressure may also decrease the degree of chemotaxis, or the movement of organisms, which in turn reduces inflammatory responses and pain. The study also found that compression garments are an effective recovery tool for reducing the concentration of creatine kinase (CK) after exercise. CK is a biomarker of muscular damage: on balance, muscle power and strength recover more quickly with the use of compression garments.

 

Of course, compression garments are worn not only to improve recovery from things such as muscle or other damage that may be experienced between training sessions, but also as a method to enhance recovery during training sessions.

 

Choices available

 

Compression clothing is designed for men, women, and children, and there are a range of uses for different garments. For example, there is a wide variety of comfortable compression sleeves for ankles, knees, wrists, arms, and elbows that provide compression and relief to these specific areas. You can wear these sleeves under clothing if you prefer.

 

An ankle sleeve moves with the wearer. Made from lightweight stretch fabric for kids and heavier grades for adults, it supports the ankle and the foot. Odor protection is built in to keep feet comfortable and dry. Ankle sleeves are ideal for running and also for sports requiring agile movement, such as tennis or basketball.

 

Knee sleeves are also ideal for lots of activities, and thanks to ergonomic paneling, they sit comfortably above, on, and below the knee to provide support alongside freedom of movement. Elbow sleeves behave in a similar way and are ideal for workouts as they protect your joints from strain or other injuries.

 

For activities such as lifting weights or doing pull-ups, a full arm sleeve offers additional support. This heavyweight sleeve compresses the entire arm and molds itself to your body contours, hugging your arm from the biceps to the forearm.

 

Wrist sleeves are useful for sports activities such as badminton and squash, and also have applications for day-to-day work. Whether you want to be careful when sweeping or mopping the floor or protect yourself if you spend a lot of time tapping a screen or a keyboard, wrist support can be a real blessing.

 

Back and leg support

 

The top grade 4D compression technology is ideal for lumbar support and can be worn for workouts or as a base layer for everyday use, bringing relief and benefiting muscle recovery after exercise. A back brace targets the lower back area, while the full core compression shirt comes in a range of styles and sleeve lengths, depending on your personal preferences. These are recommended for both men and women, depending on the activities in which they engage.

 

In addition to providing leg support during sports activities and on long-haul flights, compression stockings have a number of medical uses – for example, for the prevention and treatment of aching, heavy, and tired legs; swelling of the leg and ankle (edema); and varicose veins and spider veins. Compression therapy is additionally used for other vein diseases and disorders following interventions, including lymphedema, deep vein thrombosis, and chronic vein insufficiency (CVI).

 

Hands and feet

 

As with wrist support, specialist compression gloves are ideal for repetitive hand movements, and you can choose full-fingered or half-fingered versions. Foot supports are useful for everyday use or specialist sports use and cushion your feet and legs during normal activities, such as walking, as well as during sports workouts and games. Look for orthotic shoe inserts when searching for the appropriate type.

 

Conclusions

 

On balance, then, it would seem that compression clothing can improve the quality of life for everyone in need of additional physical support and comfort during work, exercise, sporting activities, or in relation to preventing and treating medical conditions. As science research programs continue to examine the pros and cons of claims about compression garments, undoubtedly more facts will come to light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Accessories You Need to Invest in to Secure the Sale of Your Home

When it comes to selling your house, it’s important that you not only spend the time ensuring it’s furnished and clean but you also add other smaller accessories so potential buyers can get a feel for how well they can decorate their new patch.

Many homeowners invest huge sums of money in the decorating process to spruce up a home when in reality a few accessory additions can make all the difference when it comes to selling. Have a look at some of the below accessories you need to invest in that will help you sell your home quickly.

1.      Layered Bedding

It’s certainly not at the top of the list of things you thought would make a difference, but when it comes to the bedroom, it needs to feel warm and comforting. By purchasing layered bedding accessories such as throws and runners from Threel, you’ll give your bedroom the extra accessories it needs to look its best.

2.      Extra Lighting

There’s nothing more irritating than walking into a room that has one simple overhanging light. If you truly want to give your home the brightness it needs so potential buyers can take in each room as if they already live there, add some table lamps, and even consider the addition of dimmer switches.

3.      Fascinating Artwork

Just because you’re selling your home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invest further to try and land yourself a quick sale. With the use of additional artwork like painted canvases, you can really add an individualized touch to each room in the house. It will give potential buyers that personal feeling and it will also give them further ideas for when they move in. If you can make buyers admire your interior decorating style, you’re closer to selling already.

4.      Dramatize Each Room

Buyers want a feel of uniqueness when it comes to buying a home. They want to feel like they’re going to own a home different to all the other homes out there and, by investing in distinct items such as landscape photographs, different shaped mirrors and the like, you’ll give potential buyers the drama they crave.

5.      Rugs Add a Comforting Touch

When it comes to flooring, basic carpets and vinyl just aren’t going to suffice. If you really want to give your home a unique and clean feel, the use of scattered rugs could prove to be the difference. It’s an affordable way of making your home smell like a new one and it also means you can take your rugs with you once you’ve sold your home, which makes it an all round excellent investment.

Selling a home is a difficult procedure and often, there are multiple reasons why you’ll spend months selling (if it sells at all). By taking advantage of the above accessories that needn’t cost a lot, you’ll be able to spruce up your home for a bargain to make it look like the newest build on the block.

 

 

Wear Good Quality Helmet For Safety

In some countries, the motorcyclists are required to wear helmet while riding their bike while other countries do not have this enforcement. The reasons behind the law is mainly for the safety of the riders and the ones riding pillion. Many prefer not wearing a helmet because it can get stuffy and sweaty with a helmet over your head. Many prefer to enjoy the cool breeze blowing on their face and hair but there are many who knows the importance of wearing a helmet in spite of the discomfort.

Riding a bike has its advantages especially saving on petrol consumption, easy parking and it is also easy to manoeuver out of a traffic congestion on a busy road. But riding a bike also has its risks. It is especially so when the riders are sharing the road with other faster and bigger vehicles. The risk of motorcyclists are higher because they are not easily visible to drivers of bigger or faster moving vehicles when they happened to get into the blind spots of these drivers.

Wearing a helmet helps reduce death or fatal head injuries to the riders and those riding pillion during accidents. Motorcyclists are fully exposed and have no protection around them to shield them like other vehicles. It is advisable for motorcyclists to wear a helmet to protect their head, eyes and face from dust, flying objects or insects and road debris. It also helps to shield the eyes from the blinding glare of sunlight or reflection from the front or oncoming vehicles. Wearing a helmet also helps protect from getting sun burnt from the direct blaze of the sun or the cold and rain.

Now that we know that it is of top priority and benefit to wear a safety helmet, let us take a look at the different types of motocross helmets for sale. These helmets are of high quality lightweight materials and are padded to give added protection. The helmets allow for more air circulation and are also equipped with good quality visors for clear vision. You can choose from the many vibrant colours and designs available to suit your style and taste.

Investing in a specially designed helmet is worth your money spent. We should not just simply buy any helmet as it is not safe to wear poor quality helmet which will break easily on impact and does not serve the safety purpose. Safety helmets not only protects your head and face, they are also made to protect your chin and cheeks.