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.


You Should Never, Ever Do These Things To Your Newborn

If you’ve got a newborn baby, or you’re waiting on the arrival of your little one, then doing as much research as possible is going to help you to prepare. To give you peace of mind, here are some of the things you should never, ever do to your newborn.

Make Them Sleep Alone
Your baby should naturally sleep by you at night time. Either in your bed (safely of course) or by your bed in a crib. This makes them healthier and they have less chance of dying from infant death syndrome.

Avoid The Present Panic When Shopping For Your Teenage Son

Buying the perfect birthday gift for kids is never easy. Their tastes change so fast they’ve already moved on by the time you buy something. You would think the challenge would get easier as they grew and their tastes settled. You’d be wrong. No one is harder to buy gifts for than a teenager. If you have a teenage boy, you might be totally lost for ideas. At least with a girl, you can opt for fashion and makeup. Boys don’t even have that! You could get him something new for that games console, but how can you be sure what’s good? The best way to stop present panic is to get a few ideas!


We’re not saying you should snoop in your son’s room, but have a quick look at his CD collection when he’s not home. If there’s more than one CD for the same band, chances are they’re his favorites. Why not buy him tickets to see a concert? Bear in mind that you’ll need purchase a ticket for his friend to go, too. He’s not going to want you cramping his style! Of course, if the band are no longer together, or have passed, you’ll need to pick another. Think back to any bands he may have mentioned. Take note of any posters he might have on his walls. There are clues all around you!


A man’s first wallet is a crucial moment. It’s a step towards independence, and can make a guy feel great! Even if your son’s had cheap wallets before, buy him an expensive one for his birthday. This is something he can cherish and will have for a long time to come. Well, assuming it doesn’t get lost or ruined (he is a teenager, after all). You could opt for a traditional leather wallet, or get something a bit different, like a crocodile wallet. Think about your son’s personality when considering. If he likes to stand out from the crowd, something different will work well. If he likes to keep to himself, traditional is better.


Connecting with teenagers can be hard. Why not give your son a book that that meant a lot to you when you were his age? Again, it’s important to take his personality into account, here. Don’t buy a book you know he’ll never enjoy! Think about his tastes, and see if there’s a book that suits them. This will give you something to talk about, and could come to mean a lot to him!


If all else fails, you could always opt for a day out with his friends. If you’re stuck for ideas, look out for the chance to ask his friends what he would enjoy. Paintballing, go karting, and theme parks always seem to go down well! If you want to keep things cheap, opt for an activity day with a set price. Otherwise, this could end up as a pricey present!

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Seriously Alternative Valentine's Gift Ideas

Valentine’s day is coming up, and not everybody wants to do the bog standard flowers and chocolates thing that seems to happen all the time. Sure, it’s still nice, but it can be a little boring. Especially if you’re the kind of couple who like to do things a little differently. If you’re looking for some alternative Valentine’s gift ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at some of these unique ideas and see if you find anything for your loved one!

Life Happens

I feel like I haven't posted a personal post in such a long time. So I'm going to take this time to just give some life updates, as that's what my blog was originally started on.

First off, I finished off the fall semester with a 4.0. I only had two classes, Eng 101 and a retail marketing class. Both received As. I don't think I'll keep that 4.0 this semester, unfortunately. these classes are a little harder. This time I have a math class, and two marketing classes- intro to marketing, and social media marketing. I'm hopeful to get at lease Bs in those classes :)

Also, in the middle of January, I got hired for a job! I've been wanting to go back to work for a while now, but I finally decided to get out there and found a sitter, and a found a great job that has good hours. I'm super happy. I started there on January 30th. I'm now balancing a job, being a mom, and schoolwork. I feel like it's a bit crazy! But I'm making it work.

I think one of my biggest fears with starting a new job, was how the heck will I interact with adults, again LOL. But, this training class I'm in, currently has eight people, including myself. We're a good bunch, and we all get along. I've never meshed with so many people at the same time in like, forever. I'm feeling good about it. I'm confident in what I've learned, and I actually start doing the work later this week. Training is just about over, and we go into the "actively working" part of the training. So I'm excited. Of course a bit nervous, who wouldn't be.

Anyways. I'm looking forward to this new chapter of my life, and I'm super excited to see what happens next.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Don't Leave Without A Hot Drink

Soothing drinks that take your mind off the stress at work or home and keep the cold away, this is what you need this winter! Have you ever stopped to consider the variety of hot drinks that there is on the market, without even mentioning adult alcoholic drinks. After all, you’d like your drink to be suitable at any time of the day or night, so you’ll need to stay away from boozy winter version of your favorites. To come back to warm drinks, there are three types of drinks in your everyday life: Drinks that keep you focused on your task, drinks that help you relax at the end of a long day or for a quick afternoon break, and drinks to enjoy with friends and the family. Let’s dive into these yummy beverages!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Don’t Take The Chance: Make Home Maintenance A Priority

For us moms, time is of the essence - every second really does count because our lives are just so incredibly hectic. We have school runs to do, household chores to complete, our own careers to focus on, and goodness knows what else. With so much going on in our lives, it’s far too easy for us to put important tasks to the back of our minds and let them slip through the net. One of the most common tasks to forget are household maintenance tasks; this is because most of the time we don’t see them as being a priority. However, if you don’t want to end up living in a mess of a home, you need to make them a priority. (Household maintenance is much more important than a lot of us think…)

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Why is home maintenance important?

Wondering why household maintenance is important? Well, it’s simple really, to stay ‘healthy’ your home needs to be looked after, just like our bodies do. Houses may not be living breathing things, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t need a little TLC every now and then. The fact is if you don’t keep on top of household maintenance tasks, your property could, quite literally, start to fall apart in front of you. So, it really is important to make an effort to give your property, and its features the care it requires.

The Paleo Diet: A Quick Guide To Get You Started

If you research the paleo diet then you might have been put off a little by the description.  It does sound a little faddy, eat like a caveman.  It’s not quite as basic as it sounds, you don’t have to grab a club, say ‘Ugg’ and head off to the woods, wearing nothing but a little fur to protect your dignity.  The simple explanation to a Paleo diet is simply only eating foods that need no processing, or to put it in even simpler terms.  Food that you can either eat raw or prepare from source using just a little water.  The diet is what our ancestors, cavemen, would have eaten.  Although we suspect recipes were a little more primitive back then.

Where The Heart Is: Keeping The Home Ideal For Kids

When you have children running around at home, it goes without saying that it can be difficult keeping everything in perfect condition. The truth is, children need certain conditions if they are to be as happy as possible, and it pays to know how to make the home into the ideal setting for your children. There are many things to consider in this respect, and knowing them all should help you to bring up your children in an environment which helps them, rather than hinders them. If you are curious about what the basic elements of a comfortable home for children are, read on to find out.

Suitable Decoration

This might sound like a strange one to start with, but the way that the home is decorated makes a big difference to how you children feel in the home. As a general rule, you want to make sure that all the decoration is as suitable as possible for children of their age. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have your favorite portrait hanging up, it just means that in terms of color scheme and so on it pays to think about the children at every step of the decision-making process. That way, they are much more likely to feel safe and at home within the house.

Light & Warmth

Something which is important enough for adults is always going to be much more important for children - light and warmth being two great examples. The last thing you want is for your children to suffer the cold in their own home, so make sure that you are carrying out any necessary steps towards keeping it as warm as possible - without overdoing it, of course. You might want to consider using a residential heating and A/C repair service in order to ensure that the home is not likely to suffer any dramatic sudden temperature changes anytime soon. This way, your children are sure to be as comfortable as possible. Also ensure that the light levels are always as good as possible, as this makes a huge difference too.

Plenty Of Space

Trying to arrange the right amount of space in the home can be a challenge for anyone, but when you have kids running around it is particularly difficult. As a rule, you want enough space that they can run around without damaging themselves, but you don’t want to sacrifice too much in the communal areas. Make sure that there is a healthy balance, that it is neither too spacious nor too restricted anywhere, and this way everyone should be happy in the home. Space is a difficult thing to manage, but it is worth putting some effort into it to try and get it right. When you do, it can really make a world of difference to how comfortable your kids feel in the home and, therefore, how happy the whole family is there. And what is more important than that?

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Friday, January 20, 2017

3DLightFX: Review

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So the holidays have passed. My kids were super happy with everything. But my daughter was extra happy about receiving the 3DLightFX! I posted about it before Christmas. Mine came just a week before Christmas, and I decided to wait to give it to her. Her face was SO big! She was just extra excited to see this.


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