Wednesday, August 9, 2017

4 Ways to Make a Holiday Both Fun and Educational

Going on a holiday with children doesn't need to be a chore, and it doesn't always need to be about fun and games. Many parents take their children abroad to destinations such as Spain, France and the United States without much thought about how they can turn an otherwise fun-oriented holiday into something educational as well.

So to help you get the best of both worlds next time you go on holiday, here are 4 ways to make a holiday both fun and educational for you children.

Mask your intent behind something else

The first major tip you should follow is to mask your intent to make the trip educational. There are many fun activities that can help teach your children something new, be it something scientific, based on history or even about maths. A good example of this is taking them to a museum or somewhere educational such as the NASA space centre. Not only will your children get to see lots of different space relics and technology, but they’ll also get to learn about the history of space travel. The moment you mention study, however, things will go downhill so you don't want to mention it being educational.

Learn their interests and pick something that suits them

Your child probably has hundreds of interests and hobbies, which is why it's important to learn them so you can pick something that resonates with them. For instance, if your child loves art, a holiday to an iconic location such as Paris would be an excellent learning and eye-opening experience. If they prefer cartoons and comics, then a trip to America or even Japan would be a great option. Maybe your child loves animals and learning about them. If that’s the case, you can take them on a trip to a zoo to learn about exotic animals and wildlife in the country.

Organise a school trip with their friends

Having a school trip with friends is going to be a lot more fun than just going with family. Although it takes a lot more planning, school trips to Italy and France or other local destinations can be a lot of fun and educational at the same time. There are many things to learn especially when it comes to language, art or even a tour of monuments and museums. There are plenty of cities around Europe that offer some unique cultural experiences, and while it’s not part of their academic program, it’s also not a bad learning experience just to explore more of what life has to offer.

Weave educational visits with fun ones

No matter where you go, there are plenty of tourist destinations that allow you to learn something with your child. For instance, if you visit an exotic location such as China or Japan, then there are plenty of workshops that will teach you everything from cooking to the language. These can be eye-opening experiences that will forever change your child’s view of the world assuming they’re able to accept what they see and learn more about the culture. However, as mentioned in the second point, you need to be able to pique their interest or else it will become a waste of time.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Be Impulsive: Donate Blood

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Be impulsive. That's what these photos are all about. Be impulsive about donating blood. You don't have to plan it. You can decide that you want to help out, and put your name on the list of people to be contacted as blood is needed. It's a great way for you to pay it forward in your life.

Donated blood saves millions of lives. It provides critical help to pregnant women and their newborn babies, those with diseases that require blood transfusions, cancer patients, accident victims, and many more. Even if you personally haven't benefited from donated blood, there's a high chance you know someone who has. And only one donation of blood can save three lives!

Did You Know?

•Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a transfusion of donated blood.

•One in 7 people entering the hospital needs a blood transfusion.

• One whole blood donation has the potential to help up to three patients.

• Blood can be donated every 56 days, up to six times a year.

• In addition to donating blood, you can also donate platelets, which help treat cancer and other patients. Platelets only have a shelf life of five days, so donations are always needed.

• In addition to donating blood you can also donate plasma, which has the same lifesaving effect and is in even greater need. Plasma contains important proteins and nutrients which help treat severe burns, traumas, blood clotting disorders, organ transplants and premature infants.

It's a common misconception that accident victims are the ones who use the most blood. But in reality, it's actually those who are being treated for cancer, undergoing orthopedic surgeries, undergoing organ and marrow transplants, having cardiovascular surgeries, or being treated for inherited blood disorders.

Major disasters don't typically require large amounts of blood. Iin most cases, the hospital relies on what it already has on the shelves to save lives.

"How can YOU get involved?

Find out at #BeImpulsive."

You can help blood centers be at the ready by making sure blood is available before it's needed.

Join me and share your own Be Impulsive photo using the hashtag #BeImpulsive on Instagram and Facebook.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Summer's Here, What Are You Grilling?

Now that school is out here in Arizona (and soon across the country), it's pretty much considered summertime. Granted, summer officially doesn't start until June 20, here in the phoenix area it's already been in the 100s! We're lucky we live in the desert, we can grill pretty much year round. So while some of you are just bringing out your grill for Memorial Day weekend, we here in Arizona have had a great head start. So what are you grilling this summer?

Friday, April 28, 2017

Planning big pieces for your household

When it comes to interior design, it is sometimes hard to decide where you want to start from. It seems as if every little thing may have an effect on your décor and as such, requires special attention. 

No matter what you decide, it is always better to focus on bigger pieces. After that, it is easy to build around them adding smaller trinkets and memorabilia. 

This is precisely why we wrote this article. Instead of losing time on things that do not actually matter, it is much easier to plan ahead, decide on general theme, get bigger furniture such as sectional and build from there.

Here are some bigger pieces you need to focus on when planning your interior.

1. Sectional

Sectional is always the best place to start from. 

Necessary for every home, they represent the heart of the living room. Throughout the decades, families would gather around it, watch TV or do something as equally interesting. 

Truth be told, over the years it has lost its value but still, in terms of décor, it remains the most important part of the house.

You need to adapt your sectional according to your plans and how many people you like to have in your home. It is always better to get a bigger piece (for 6 people) but smaller sectional can also work. Generally speaking, the color of this item will impact all the other colors in the room so choose wisely!

2. Cupboard

It is normal for a living room to have a cupboard. In fact, they allow living rooms to become warmer, more social mostly due to the fact that homeowners tend to place their trinkets and memorabilia inside or around it.

As such, it is definitely something that can warm up the room. Have in mind that cupboard are more common for classic, old-fashioned rooms. They are not the best fit for modern homes but if you still decide to get one, make sure to get something that will complement rest of the interior.

3. Mirrors

The biggest issue with pictures is that they usually feel very cheap. This doesn’t come as a surprise as in most cases, people do not have expensive pieces of art in their living room. Instead, they opt for something cheaper running their interior in the process.

If you cannot afford famous painter on your walls, it is much better to improvise and go for a mirror.

Mirrors are very elegant and are excellent fit for modern homes. You can even use something such as Hollywood mirror (visit and make sure to check their collection of mirrors with lights) if you decide so. Have in mind that in this case, their functional value is mostly disregarded. This means that you can put mirrors high on the wall or attach them to your ceiling. Whatever you see fit.

4. Tech items

We are very spoiled when it comes to technology. We are constantly looking for better, more advanced systems whether we are talking about TVs, PCs or audio.

Although this isn’t something I recommend lightly, investing into big audio system or big screen TV can go a long way. Here, it is more about functionality. As modern generations prefer not to decorate their living rooms with too many trinkets, this leaves a lot of empty space; space where you can put bigger items.

So, next time if you wish to make your living room even more impressive, consider getting a bigger TV or stereo.


It always comes down to several big pieces. In fact, decoration of the living room continues for years and years and we constantly have something to add. By getting the main items, you are making sure you have the necessary basis upon which you can build the rest.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Happy Heart: Omega 3 Recipes You Will Love

When people say they love food it always sounds a little funny.  Who doesn’t love food?! Granted some may have more refined tastes than others but even eating a mountain of chocolate is still enjoying food right?

Coping With An Ill Child

Kids get ill for all kinds of reasons. Some are far more serious than others, and there are certain things that will suffer if you need to take care of your kid in increasingly larger amounts of time. Luckily, there are ways you can manage this and help the child. Part of it depends on your circumstances, and other parts depend on how ill your child is. There is not clear advice as to what you need to do, only you can decide that. But there are ways you can cope yourself with an ill child. You need to ensure your life goes as you want it to too. Of course, you need to do what is right for the child, but you can quickly find yourself depressed if you do not manage the whole issue with planning and prioritization. Here are some hints and tips you can use to make the situation a little better. You may already do some of them, but you could get some top ideas for you to take into life from others.

Find Out What’s Responsible

You need to find out what is responsible for causing your child to be ill, then you can mitigate it in the future and/or hold whatever did it to account. There are huge amounts of child products that are causing children harm in this day and age. The harm can be fleeting, like a physical injury, but it can also be lasting and life threatening. An example can be seen in the high amount of teething tablet lawsuits that have increased over the last few years. If there is something wrong with your child go to your utmost to realize and understand what it is that has caused it. Only then can you stop it. If there is serious problems take the provider to court so that it doesn’t happen to anyone else and so you can use the money to help in the care for your child going forward. Another key is prevention. There’s one thing suing people for hurting your child, but if you researched the potential risk then you may never have bought it. Check up on everything you buy for your children, make sure they are perfectly safe before using them. Prevention is the best thing you can do.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

A Homemade Beauty Gift

It's always a good idea to have some quick and easy beauty gifts on hand for birthday or little pick me up for your friend and family. But if you want something that is just that little bit more special then why not try creating your own beauty products to give away as gifts? It's actually a lot more simple that you would think, and it's the perfect present for the health conscious and holistic person in your life. Just read on to find out how to do it.

Help Your Child Succeed With These Top Tips

You can’t do everything. They have to be able to do some of it for themselves. But when you have kids you just want to do everything possible to help them succeed in life. There are certain things you can do for them and push them towards to help them in later life. You may already do a bunch of them without even realizing, but there are always some. There are always more things you can do for your children. Here are some top tips that can give you some more ideas, things you can do to help your children succeed and strive for further success. You must do them in equal measure, don’t overpower your children. They are in no particular order so you can pick and choose them as you like. Remember, children are all different. Some cope well with extra things to do, others less so. So tailor what you do to each of your children’s needs.

Prepare Them For University

If you send them off to university unprepared it can be a harrowing experience. There are many things you need to prepare them for. Of course, they need to actually get into university first. You can help them with this by considering higher education consultants at IvySelect. You can also give them what they need to succeed at university. They can do with some cooking equipment, books for study and of course a laptop. If you give them what they need they are far more likely to do well because they will have less to worry about.

Don't Tear Your Hair Out, Mom's!

There are a lot of things that doctors don’t tell you about pregnancy. Even the women’s magazines on the supermarket shelves depict happy, smiley women who cradle their bumps with gentleness and poise. Well, it’s not all a picnic. Pregnancy is the most beautiful, natural thing in the world. Except that the hormones ricocheting around your body will make you sick, tired and generally feeling so run down it won’t feel so beautiful! That pregnancy glow? Sweat. It’s sweat from the vomiting and hauling extra weight around in the sunshine. In motherhood, you’re dealing with sleepless nights, tantrums, lack of time: all stressful situations that feel never ending!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

3 Items No Kitchen Can Do Without

Everyone loves their kitchen, and for a good reason: knowing your way around the kitchen is likely to be one of the best skills going. Of course, it is often true that it takes a long time to get used to any kitchen, but that’s just part of the whole process. If you are curious as to how t improve your kitchen, however, one of the best things you can do is to take stock of what kind of equipment and tools you have and see what you might be lacking. A kitchen needs a good supply of different tools and gadgets, and the true kitchen proud chef knows this. To that end, let’s have a look at a few of the ideal kitchen items which you just can’t do without.



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