Tips On Writing A Great Birth Plan

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In the distant past, laboring mothers were expected to give birth without any particular preparation and with little help. As time has gone on, the medical world has come to realize that the more preparation a mother does before the birth, the easier it can be. This is why birth plans are such a good idea – they offer mothers (and their partners and friends and family) the chance to really think about the birth itself, and come up with their own ideas of how they will feel happiest when it comes time to go into labor.

Here are some useful tips for you to help you write a great birth plan; you don’t need to follow them all, as each plan is unique, but they should help you have an idea of what to include.

  1. Don’t Use A Pre-Printed Form

You can download a variety of different pre-printed birthing plans from the internet, but these aren’t always such a good idea. They won’t include everything that you want, or there might be sections that are included that simply aren’t necessary, and only go onto confuse rather than assist.

Writing your own plan means that you have a lot more control from the start, and it also means that you won’t be including information or details that aren’t really relevant.

  1. Pain Management Research

You might have an idea in your head that you definitely do or do not want to be given certain types of pain relief. Do these ideas come from proper research? If not, they should do – you might be mistaken in your ideas about what the pain relief does, and how it affects you.

Before making a final decision about the pain relief that may be offered and including your instructions in your birth plan, make sure you look into all the options so that you are completely informed and are making the right choice for you.

  1. Key Names And Numbers

Your birth plan can be a truly useful document for not only you, but the medical team delivering your baby as well. By including all the important names and phone numbers in your plan, they will know who to contact without having to disturb you when you’re resting or in labor. These names could include:

  • Your birthing partner
  • The baby’s father (if different)
  • The baby’s name (if known)
  • Your obstetrician
  • Anyone you don’t want to be informed of the labor or birth

This will help you to stay in control and will allow your midwife to do their job efficiently.

  1. Contingency Plans

It’s important to remember that while many births are absolutely uneventful, some won’t go according to plan, and this is why contingencies are a good idea. You might, for example, need to have a c-section, so it’s important to note down what your wishes are should this be the case. Or perhaps you will require an episiotomy, and you should know whether you want to decline this or not. Speak to your doctor about all the different outcomes and try to have a plan for each one. If you find that you suffer complications during the birth, you may find you need to reach out to a leading solicitor for birth injuries, who can help you claim the compensation you deserve.

A birth plan can help you prepare for what is bound to be an exhilarating, emotional time, that may bring you stress but will inevitably bring you plenty of joy as well. A little preparation is all that is needed to make your birth experience as relaxed and stress-free as possible.

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10 Awesome New CAPTAIN MARVEL Character Posters!

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Check out these new character posters for Captain Marvel! Which one are you most excited for? Brie Larson as Carol Danvers? Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury? Clarke Gregg as Agent Coulson? Or perhaps you like Goose? He looks like a regular house cat but I can’t wait to see what his character really is although I think we all have a pretty good idea.

  
Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom. The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, with Annette Bening, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law. Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL is produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patricia Whitcher and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The story is by Nicole Perlman and Joe Shrapnel & Anna Waterhouse, and the screenplay is by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck and Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Jac Schaeffer.


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Adding Value To Your Home

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There are a lot of reasons why you might want to add some considerable value to your home. It could be that you are thinking of selling at some point in the near future – or even the relatively far future – and you want to make sure that you can get as much as possible for your home. Or you might just be thinking about the long-term, and perhaps even something like leaving your home to your children after you have gone. Whatever the underlying impetus, adding value to your home is something that you can always do, and which is always going to be a possibility. If you know what you are doing, it might even be quite a simple thing to achieve. In this post, we are going to look at a few things which might help you to add value to your home much more effectively.Image Source

Get An Initial Value

It’s a great idea to get a value before you even start doing anything to your home. First of all, you want to know where you stand, and what kind of starting point you are at. You will also want to know how much you have actually added, which you can only do by getting it valued first of all before you do anything. What’s more, if you hire professionals like William Pitt to come and value your home, you might find that you also get to hear some pieces of advice as to how you might be able to add as much value as possible to your home. In short, they are likely to know what they are talking about, and as such you will find it gives you a great incentive to carry on as well as a good means of planning out what you are going to do.

One Thing At A Time

You might come away from that meeting with an overwhelming feeling that you need to do a lot of things in order to add some value to your home. However, it is likely to be a bad idea to do too much at once. This will only mean that you can put less effort into each thing, and it is much more likely to be a good idea to take it one thing at a time instead. Start with something relatively small, and work your way up. This trick will also help you save money, as you will know what you are budgeting and what to expect.Image Source

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You can also expect things to be considerably easier if you do as much of it yourself as you possibly can. Any amount of money you can save on the labour is likely to help, so you will want to do things this way as best as you can if you are trying to go for the cheapest means possible. That will also mean you are getting more financially, of course, as you will be spending less but adding more to your property’s value. Do whatever work you can yourself, and it will really help.

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CAPTAIN MARVEL – Tickets Now On Sale + A New Spot!

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The wait is almost over to see Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL. It’s coming to theaters in just a few months. Meanwhile you can get your tickets now because they are on sale everywhere tickets are sold! I am really looking forward to Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL. I always love when movies have strong female lead characters who kick butt and I’m sure this one won’t disappoint.

Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL..Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson)..Photo: Chuck Zlotnick..©Marvel Studios 2019

Want to know more? Here is a brand new special look of the film:

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom. The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, with Annette Bening, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law. Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL is produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patricia Whitcher and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The story is by Nicole Perlman and Joe Shrapnel & Anna Waterhouse, and the screenplay is by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck and Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Jac Schaeffer.

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2019 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Slate!!!

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It’s finally here! These are always my favorite posts of the year. The 2019 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Slate is here and it looks SOOOO good!!! There are several live action adaptations of childhood favorites (Dumbo, Aladdin, and The Lion King), two Marvel Studios movies (Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame), Disneynature (Penguins), several sequels (Toy Story 4, Frozen 2, and Star Wars Episode IX) and more! It looks like 2019 is going to be a great year for family movies.

Which one are you most excited about? If I had to pick I would say Avengers: Endgame because I’m on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what happens next. I watched Avengers: Infinity War again this weekend and of course cried at the end so I can’t wait for the sequel. I am also excited for Aladdin as the animated version was always one of my favorites. Of course Toy Story 4 and The Lion King are on my list, too. And Captain Marvel because I’m excited to see a Marvel movie with a female lead.

March 9, 2019 – CAPTAIN MARVEL (Marvel Studios)

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Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.

The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, with Annette Bening, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.

Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patricia Whitcher and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The story is by Nicole Perlman and Joe Shrapnel & Anna Waterhouse, and the screenplay is by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck and Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Jac Schaeffer.

Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL..Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) ..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019

Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL opens on March 8, 2019 in U.S. theaters.

March 29, 2019 – DUMBO (Walt Disney Studios)

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From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure “Dumbo” expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.

Directed by Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger (“Ophelia,” “Dream House”), and produced by Justin Springer (“TRON: Legacy”), Kruger, Katterli Frauenfelder (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Big Eyes”) and Derek Frey (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Frankenweenie”).

EARS TO YOU – In Disney’s all-new, live-action feature film “Dumbo,” a newborn elephant with oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But Dumbo takes everyone by surprise when they discover he can fly. Directed by Tim Burton, “Dumbo” flies into theaters on March 29, 2019. ©2018 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

DUMBO flies into theaters on March 29, 2019.

April 17, 2019 – PENGUINS (Disneynature)

#DisneynaturePenguins

Disneynature’s all-new feature film “Penguins” is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he’s targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after. From the filmmaking team behind “Bears” and “Chimpanzee,” Disneynature’s “Penguins” opens in theaters nationwide in time for Earth Day 2019.

Disneynature “Penguins”

Disneynature’s PENGUINS opens in theaters on April 17, 2019.

April 26, 2019 – AVENGERS: ENDGAME (Marvel Studios)

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AVENGERS: ENDGAME releases in U.S. theaters on April 26, 2019.

May 24, 2019 – ALADDIN (Walt Disney Studios)

#Aladdin

A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie (“Sherlock Holmes,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”), who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, “Aladdin” is written by John August (“Dark Shadows,” “Big Fish”) and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.” The film stars Will Smith (“Ali,” “Men in Black”) as the larger-than-life Genie; Mena Massoud (“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”) as the charming scoundrel Aladdin; Naomi Scott (“Power Rangers”) as Jasmine, the beautiful self-determined princess; Marwan Kenzari (“Murder on the Orient Express”) as Jafar, the powerful sorcerer; Navid Negahban (“Legion”) as the Sultan concerned with his daughter’s future; Nasim Pedrad (“Saturday Night Live”) as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s free-spirited best friend and confidante; Billy Magnussen (“Into the Woods”) as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar (“The Great Wall”) as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards.

“Aladdin” is produced by Dan Lin (“Sherlock Holmes”) and Jonathan Eirich (“Death Nate”) with Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Marc Platt (“La La Land”) and Kevin De La Noy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) serving as executive producers. Eight-time Academy Award winning composer Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid”) provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Oscar-winning lyricists Howard Ashman (“Little Shop of Horrors”) and Tim Rice (“The Lion King”) and includes two new songs written by Menken and Oscar and Tony Award-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land,” “Dear Evan Hanson”). The film, which was shot on practical stages in London and on location amidst the stunning desert vistas of Jordan, has a talented creative team helping to bring Agrabah to life, including: director of photography Alan Stewart (“The Commuter”), production designer Gemma Jackson (“Game of Thrones”) and costume designer Michael Wilkinson (“American Hustle”).

Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Mena Massoud as Aladdin in Disney’s live-action adaptation of ALADDIN, directed by Guy Ritchie.

ALADDIN opens in U.S. theatres nationwide May 24, 2019.

June 21, 2019 – TOY STORY 4 (Disney·Pixar)

#ToyStory4

Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy. Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”).

PICK ME! — Ducky and Bunny are carnival prizes who are eager to be won. But when their plans are rudely interrupted, they find themselves on an unexpected adventure with a group of toys who have no idea what it feels like to be tacked to a prize wall. Funny men Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele provide the voices of Ducky and Bunny, respectively. Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”), “Toy Story 4” ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Disney·Pixar’s TOY STORY 4 ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.

July 19, 2019 – THE LION KING (Walt Disney Studios)

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Director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journey’s to the African savannah where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother–and former heir to the throne-has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon, “The Lion King” utilizes pioneer filmmaking techniques to bring these treasured characters to life in a whole new way.

A FUTURE KING IS BORN – In Disney’s all-new “The Lion King,” Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. Featuring JD McCrary and Donald Glover as young Simba and Simba, “The Lion King” roars into U.S. theaters on July 19, 2019. ©2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

THE LION KING roars into theatres on July 19, 2019.

August 9, 2019 – ARTEMIS FOWL (Walt Disney Studios)

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Disney’s “Artemis Fowl,” based on the beloved book by Eoin Colfer, is a fantastical, spellbinding adventure that follows the journey of 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he seeks to find his father who has mysteriously disappeared. With the help of his loyal protector Butler, Artemis sets out to find him, and in doing so uncovers an ancient, underground civilization—the amazingly advanced world of fairies. Deducing that his father’s disappearance is somehow connected to the secretive, reclusive fairy world, cunning Artemis concocts a dangerous plan—so dangerous that he ultimately finds himself in a perilous war of wits with the all-powerful fairies.

“Artemis Fowl” is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Tamara Smart, Nonzo Anozie, with Josh Gad, and Judi Dench. Judy Hofflund and Branagh are producing with Angus More Gordon and Matthew Jenkins serving as executive producers. Conor McPherson wrote the screenplay.

Judi Dench is Commander Root in Disney’s ARTEMIS FOWL, an adventure that finds 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance.

Disney’s ARTEMIS FOWL opens in U.S. theaters on August 9, 2019.

November 22, 2019 – FROZEN 2 (Walt Disney Animation Studios)

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Arendelle heats up in 2019 when Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf return to the big screen in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2,” the much-anticipated follow-up to 2013’s Oscar®-winning “Frozen”—the highest grossing animated film of all time. Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad reprise their roles, while Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, the team behind “Frozen,” return to the directors’ chairs.

FROZEN 2 opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019.

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December 20, 2019 – STAR WARS: EPISODE IX (Lucasfilm)

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STAR WARS: EPISODE IX opens in U.S. theaters on December 20, 2019.

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Health and Happiness: Practical Ways to Improve Your Family’s Wellbeing

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When you become a parent, your child’s health and happiness becomes your number one priority. It’s our life’s mission to keep them safe, and ensure they have the best start so they’re able to go off into the world and become productive members of society. However, raising kids is never easy, we all make mistakes and with often conflicting information it can be difficult to put advice into practice. This post aims to give you tips that are achievable in the real world, and will all contribute to a healthier family. Read on to find out more!source

Eat together as a family

One of the most beneficial things you can do for your family’s health is to eat together most nights a week. There are lots of reasons for this, the first being that home cooked food tends to be healthier than anything you can order in or convenience food. You can sneak in extra vegetables, you can limit salt and sugar and you know exactly what’s gone into it. When your children see you filling up on delicious, healthy meals they’re likely to mirror your habits in time, and dinner time is a great chance to set an example to them. Another reason that eating together is good for your family is that it’s a chance to spend quality time together. When you and your partner are off at work all day, your youngest is in nursery and older kids are at school it means you’re all going your separate ways for most of the day. Eating dinner together is a chance to catch up, to keep bonds strong. It’s so beneficial that studies have shown that families that eat together regularly tend to have less instances of teenage pregnancies and substance abuse. It’s all down to the fact that this time together means you’re likely to be closer and have a better relationship with your kids. This can mean there’s more of a chance they’ll open up and speak to you about any issues instead of giving straight into peer pressure. We all know that kids and teens can be fussy with food, so it’s worth coming up with a repertoire of meals that you all like. Big, one pot meals like stews, bolognese and chilli are family favourites and can save you on the washing up! Utilise your slow cooker, this can save you both time and money as you can use cheaper cuts of meat which become tender when cooked low and slow. Add some potatoes, veggies and meat to the pot in the morning, and by the evening you have a tasty and healthy home cooked meal that you’ve not had to slave over.

Find ways you can all get active

This day in age, it can be more difficult to encourage kids to be active. Before, pure boredom would have meant they’d be up playing in the garden or out on their bikes, skateboards or roller skates and burning calories. However, these days, kids have access to the world at their fingertips and getting them away from their screens can be a struggle. The best thing you can do is find exercise that’s genuinely fun. If your kids are younger, take them to a trampoline park or take them to events that have bouncy castles- this kind of activity can be incredibly tiring but lots of fun! Parks, games such as frisbee and sports you can play as a family can also be a fun way to get you all active. Even days out where you’re doing a lot of walking counts. You could go on family bike rides or hikes with your dog, have water fights in the summer, make up fun games and combine family bonding time and activity into one. If kids see exercise as boring or a slog they’re not going to want to do it. So find ideas that are genuinely enjoyable and get them up and moving.

Utilize health monitoring technology

There are so many health tracking apps and types of technology these days. Things like fitness trackers are good, they can keep you motivated and give an accurate insight as to just how much you’re doing. Best of all, there are trackers that are designed specifically for kids. As you can all add each other and see your activity, a bit of healthy competition can push you all to do even more. Using gadgets like smart scales that can sync your weight to an app is another way you can keep track of the health of your family. Your aim should be to ensure you’re all within your correct BMI range, and if you’re not, take steps to get there in a healthy way. While health checkups at the doctor are always going to be essential for your young family, there’s plenty you can do at home in between visits to make sure you’re all on track.

Work on a good sleep routine

As parents you’ll be well aware of how tricky bedtime can be when you have kids and teens. We know the importance of a good night’s sleep and how crucial it is for their growing bodies, but getting them to sleep when they should can be an ongoing issue. However, it’s something that you’ll need to continue working on and being firm with. Come up with a regime that works for you as a family, with young children this can involve a bath and story routine before bed. With teens, it can involve cutting off the wifi an hour before bed and encouraging reading instead. Research has well established that looking at screens prior to going to bed can affect the body’s ability to wind down, this is because light is a powerful ‘wake up’ cue to the brain. The light emitted from screens in particular can prevent melatonin (the sleep hormone) from being released properly. Set a time each day to go to bed and stick to it, letting them stay up for the occasional extra half hour means they’ll always try their luck and ask you! If they know it’s simply not an option and bedtime means bedtime, they should eventually get into the habit of going to bed when they’re asked.

Focus on relaxation

It’s easy to think that children don’t have a care in the world, and so relaxation exercises are pointless. But it’s simply not true, the world can actually be very stressful and scary for kids and teens. From pressures at school to friends and budding relationships, undergoing physical changes and much more it can leave them feeling stressed and anxious. Think about it, as adults we’ve settled into a routine, but when you’re young you’re forever learning new things, going to new groups, trying new hobbies, meeting new people and generally undergoing change all the time. As adults we know when we’re getting stressed and have coping techniques to remedy this, but children and teens won’t be aware of this. Teach them relaxation techniques, from breathing and meditation to taking a relaxing bath. Journalling can be useful as well as exercise, and also letting them know they can speak to you and open up about anything bothering them. Recognise the signs of stress, it could be nail biting, going quiet or being over emotional. Help them to understand these signs in themselves and show them ways to deal with these feelings of stress or anxiety.

Take some training or a qualification

Would you know what to do in a medical emergency if one of your family members was hurt, collapsed or was suffering with a serious illness? We’re lucky to live in a part of the world where the emergency services and healthcare is excellent, but in some scenarios it’s worth knowing how to respond instantly until they arrive. In the case of choking or extreme bleeding for example, every second counts. Sign up for a first aid course, these are courses you can take which specify in first aid for children. There are also courses aimed at children and young people which they can undertake themselves, and can give you peace of mind knowing they have some basic knowledge in this area. If you wanted to go a step further you could even study for a formal qualification. Things like online fnp programs can be studied in a flexible way- part time and from home so are ideal for parents. Many people take online courses as a way to improve of change career, but it could be something you do just because you’re interested in it- and because it benefits your family. Studying can also be good for your own mental health, as parents are own goals are often overlooked and we can feel like we’re stagnating. Study helps to build our skills and keep us sharp.

What kind of things do you do to ensure your family is kept happy and healthy?

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The Health Benefits of Having a Dog

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If you think that 2019 might be the year that your family gets a pet, then there are so many reasons why it can be good for families with children. It can help to foster confidence in children, as well as help them to deal with things like anxiety better as well. But did you know that a dog can do wonders for your health too? There are many benefits to getting a dog and it can be so very rewarding. If you need a little more convincing, then here are some of the benefits that come from being a dog owner.image

Heart Health

Having a dog can make your heart feel more full as it is something else in your life to love and care for. But on a practical level, having a dog can actually help to improve the health of your heart. Having a dog companion is related to having low blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels that both play a massive part in your overall health and heart health. When you have lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol, you are at much lower risk of having a heart attack.

Fitness Levels

One piece of advice for dog owners is that you should get out and about and play with your dog as much as possible. So with that in mind, it shows that keeping active and improving your fitness levels is something that can happen when you have a dog. They will want to be out and about, running around and being played with, so you will need to be doing the same. This kind of activity is great throughout our lives as walking is pretty low impact, but can help us as we age to keep our strength up and keep our muscles and joints working as they should be.

Social Life

It can be harder and harder to get out and meet people, especially as we get older or move to new areas. But with a dog, there are many opportunities to meet other people and be more social. From puppy training classes, to just chatting in the park, there are more reasons to be social when you have a dog. Dog walkers speak to each other out on walks, so it can be a good way to meet local people. All of which can be good for you; your mental health especially.

Reduction in Stress

There is a reason why many people get a pet for therapy, and why therapy pets are a thing. When you spend time with a dog, it can help to reduce your anxiety levels, bring your blood pressure down, and help to make you feel overall more happy, as your happy hormones are increased. It has also been shown that people perform stressful tasks better when they have a dog around them, so it can be a great way to ease tension in your life and be a great way to reduce your stress levels (having a knock-on impact to your health).

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How to Transform Your Style for 2019

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Everyone always says “new year, new me,” but why does it always seem like the new you never comes around to visit? Turn that motto into a genuine reality by overhauling and transforming your look. It’s far more than the clothes that make the woman, it’s her skin, her smile, and most importantly, her confidence, that bring life to her name. Before making another feeble New Year’s commitment to self-improvement, try these tips to transform your style in 2019!

Know your look

Having a complete and unwavering understanding of what your style is will make life infinitely easier when shopping for new threads. Are you more of a classic minimalist woman or a colorful flowery woman? Consider your lifestyle. Are you always on the go, or are you usually cooped up in an office? How do you usually spend your days, and what footwear best suits your regularly activities? Before shopping til you drop, know what look you’re aiming for, and stick to it!

Reinvent your wardrobe

Now that you know what vibe you’re looking to put out into the world, it’s time to take a trip to your closet and purge it of any items that don’t fit the bill. We get it, decluttering is stressful, especially since you know exactly how much every tee and pair of jeans cost. But no one said commitment was easy! Donate your old look to your local clothing donation center, someone else will make better use out of your tired denim!

Redo that hairdo

Admit it ladies, once we find a low-maintenance hairstyle that we like, we stick to it for years. Nothing says “new me” like a fresh haircut. Do a bit of searching on Instagram and Pinterest to pin down a look you’re willing to try, and find a salon that can deliver the results you’re looking for. A cold visit to a salon hairdresser can also help you come up with ideas best suited for your face, age, and frame. No one wants to end up with a ridiculous hairdo, so do your research first!

Refresh your footwear

When reinventing your look, don’t forget to sort through your collection of shoes. Though we’d like to believe that shoes can outlast clothing or that worn shoes have a fashionable aesthetic to them, we’re really just lying to ourselves. Toss the old sneakers, bag the busted heels, and trade them in for new kicks. From adorable pointed teacher flats to squeaky clean nude pumps, your wardrobe is not complete without a trusty band of shoes.

Maintain a regular skin routine

Any good skincare routine has at least three steps; cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing. Though you may think that simple washing your face everyday is enough to keep oil and dead skin away, more often than not, you’ll need to do a bit more. Before scouring the market for the best reviewed skin products, make sure you know your skin type down to a T. Depending on your skin’s oiliness, dryness, or sensitivity, your skincare essentials will probably look very different from Kim Kardashian’s skincare regimen. Few things in the world feel better than being comfortable in your own skin. No makeup, no problem, all 2019!

Reel in your makeup regimen

In the age of Youtube makeup tutorials reigning supreme in the beauty industry, most women love to pretend that their self-taught makeup look is the most flattering for their face. Yes, those colorful and deeply contoured looks are inspirational in more ways than one, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they translate well from face to face. Hone your makeup routine to a few essentials to accomplish the near no-makeup look, and grow from there. Leave your days of heavy smokey eyes and heavy bronzing in the past with a new and improved makeup method.

Spice it up

In 2019, there will be no room for “what if”’s. Stop wondering if you can rock those 5 inch blue heels. Stop thinking and just do it! Changing your style is not easy and takes a lot of guts to actually do, but it’s important to remember that only you can define you. Those shoes you’ve been wishing you could pull off? Buy them. That skirt that hugs your hips just right, get it! Have some fun while reinventing yourself, because as they say, new year, new you!

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Some Practical And Aesthetic Renovation Ideas For Your Home

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When renovating home, you should consider both design and functionality. You might be focused on your amenities, but your level of comfort at home depends on its appearance too. So, if you want to renovate your household practically then you should think about the way it looks, in other words. You shouldn’t pick a chic leather couch if it’s uncomfortable to sit on, for example. That might sound obvious, but it’s hard to nail the balance. Let’s discuss some practical and aesthetic renovation ideas for your home. It might help you to reinvent your humble abode.

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Fix up your household.

This is a practical piece of advice to bear in mind on a continuous basis, but it’s particularly important at this time of year. During winter, pipes can freeze, water damage to your property’s exterior can be severe. When water freezes, it expands; fences and patio decking, for instance, could be damaged. You should do household maintenance throughout the year, but if there was ever a time to put it at the top of your priority list then it’s probably winter. Don your DIY hat and tend to those household chores you’ve been neglecting. With YouTube at your disposal, you have access to tutorials for all manner of home renovation projects; you could retile your bathroom, fix creaky floorboards, and even sort out that leaky faucet in the kitchen sink. Anyone can become a DIY expert with the internet.

Focus on small statement pieces.

A practical yet beautiful household should avoid a cluttered design. Yet, you don’t want your home to look boring. You want to make sure each room is vibrant and exciting in a visual sense. So, how do you achieve this? In some modern or simply smaller homes, a chandelier might look a little out of place or garish. But a focal point doesn’t need to be grand and overwhelming. It can be something small and captivating. You could place an exotic tropical plant in the corner of your lounge to add some color and natural design to your room. Or maybe you could check out Montgomery’s for some stylish blinds. Those would be practical and more aesthetically-pleasing than old-fashioned curtains.

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Realize the potential of your garden.

Last but certainly not least, you should realize the full potential of your garden. So few homeowners truly utilize their outdoor space, but that’s a real shame because your property’s exterior is just as important as its interior. Maybe you mow the lawn and water the plants regularly, but your backyard could be destined for so much more. We’re not just talking about keeping it neat and tidy on a practical level; we’re talking about giving it a vibrant and cozy aesthetic. You could create a patio area with an awning to keep you sheltered. You could have a dining table, relaxing loungers for sunny days, and even a fire pit for BBQs. Solar lights might help to light up this beautiful space and make it feel more homely at night too.

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Small Issues That Can Cause Big Problems When You Have House Guests

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Christmas is often a time when we invite friends and family into your home, to celebrate with us. However, unless you are appropriately prepared for this massive change in living conditions the experience of having house guests can start to stink after a while. Luckily, you can avoid any unpleasantness both for you and those that are staying with you if you following the advice on the issues below. Read on to find out more.

Space

One of the biggest issues that you can encounter when having guests stay in your home is that there are more people in the same old space that your family is used to. Of course, this can make things seem crowded and even oppressive after a while, especially if there is nowhere that you or your guests can go to get a break and some privacy.

To that end providing house guest with an actual room to stay in is essential, even if you have to move the rest of the family around for the duration. Otherwise, you can much more easily get on each other’s nerves, and this can lead to the creation of more significant problems like an argument and even fallings out!

Temperate control

Another major issue that hosts and guest can clash over is the temperature that they like the home to be. Especially if one party likes things to be warm and the other prefers out to be cool.

Luckily, there is a solution that can work for everyone, and it’s to ensure that the AC and heating pumps in each room of your home are working effectively. Then your guest will be able to have control over the temperate of the room you give them, and so be much more comfortable.

Of course, to guarantee that this can happen, its best to get an ac service from a professional company well ahead of the date that your guests are due. Then if there are any problems, you will have plenty of time to get them fixed.

Meals

Meals can be another seemly minor issue that can create big problems when your home if full of house guests. After all, even if you get all the dietary requirements right like gluten intolerance, low carb, vegetarianism, and allergies, there is still no guarantee that everyone will actually like and enjoy what is put in front of them!

Happily, you can solve this problem by getting organized ahead of time and checking what every food preferences are. You can then use this to write a schedule of meals, which can help you shop more efficiently and make sure that no one ends up feeling left out or ignored!

End dates

Finally, when it comes to house guests, we all know that the experience can start to stink after a few days. That is why it’s crucial that you have a definite end date to their visit.

To mark this do something special like have a party or go out for a meal, and remember to repeatedly talk about it as the ‘goodbye or last night celebration.’ This should then ensure everyone leaves on a positive note, and that no one outstays their welcome!

 

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