Your belly is growing, and the anticipation is now sky high. You spend your time reading and watching materials that will help you feel like you know what you’re doing once the little one has entered the world. Want to know a not-so-secret fact? All those tips are valuable, but they might prove useless as well. It all depends on the baby and your dynamics, as you’re about to see. Common denominators, though? Development, sleepless nights, and a lot of stress. Sorry for saying this! We know you’re heading to the most exciting period of your life so far, but we would be doing any new mother a disservice if we told her it’s rainbows and butterflies. Because of that, here are five things you can do beforehand to make those first months easier!
1. Set Up the Nursery
You are going to spend a lot of time in the nursery, so make it as convenient for yourself as possible. Diapers and wipes should be kept close to the changing table; it should be close enough to the cabinet where you keep the baby clothes. Remember, going into the nursery will require a lot of dizziness from being woken from sleep, low light, as you don’t want to upset the baby, so take that into account. You won’t always be able to rely on finding things on the spot, so just act as if you will never be able to do that! Know where everything is well in advance, so when the baby comes, you’ll feel like you already know what to do. (Well, not really. But kind of.)
2. Stock Up on Food – Particularly Easy Meals
The person who invented easy meals should be awarded a medal. Honestly, you won’t have much time for cooking, but it doesn’t mean you should resort to pizzas all the time. (You could, but that probably doesn’t provide many nutrients to your baby!) Your freezer should be full of things that only require a quick defrost in the microwave, or alternatively, ready-to-cook meals that also only need to be reheated. We’re talking sausages, tikka masala, all kinds of stews, soups, pancakes, muffins… Smoothies are great as well, so to save your time in advance, prep smoothie ingredients in separate Ziploc bags, so once you feel like having one, put the contents in the blender with water or milk, and voila!
3. Set up Baby Leaving the House Stations
An image of a new mother and the things she carries around when going out with the baby is close to a meme. That’s because you truly do need everything! So to avoid losing and forgetting things, dedicate some things for an emergency and then forget about them. We’re talking clothes, diapers and socks that you will keep in your car and inside of your stroller. You will need a stroller that offers good storage, such as those from Maxi Cosi, and you will never have to panic when your child pukes in the park, but you have forgotten a spare shirt or a onesie.
4. Think about Diapers
We didn’t say “get tonnes of diapers” here because chances are that you will get a gazillion of diapers and then it will turn out that your baby isn’t a fan of the specific brand or type. But do your research and get small packs of as many different types as possible in newborn size – this is literally a trial and error practice. Once the baby arrives, and you find the perfect match, set up a subscription, so you are never left without a number of diapers at home.
5. Say Yes to Help
Parenting is beautiful. It’s also very hard. We get that you probably want to enjoy the new family of three (or two, or more) and keep it to yourself, at least in the beginning. But when friends and family ask you if they can come over or even stay a couple of days, don’t be quick in saying no. Yes, your house is going to be messy and you will probably smell bad. But having someone over almost always means they will offer to do laundry for you, or go shopping for groceries or just take care of the baby so you can shower for the first time this week. Accepting help is not a sign of weakness, quite the opposite. Accept it from those who have it easier in this stage of your life. After all, a shower is a blessing.
We hope we’ve given you the right hints on where your attention should go right before and right after childbirth. It’s going to be stressful, but targeting these things will be helpful, at least in the beginning. And it gets easier, we promise! You’ll realise it when your child turns three.
Are you looking to invest in a professional carpet cleaning NYC company? As there are many out there to chose from, you need to know how to find the best for the job at hand. Not all carpet cleaning companies are made equal and some are less reputable than others. To help you with your search, therefore, in the following post we are going to look at some of the main things you need to consider before hiring a company.
Do They Have Adequate Training and Experience?
Whether a carpet cleaning service is expensive or not, it’s an investment, nonetheless. An investment that you want to be sure, offers you the best returns in terms of their carpet cleaning skills and experience. No-one wants to throw away money on a bad job, so don’t be afraid to ask companies when you are seeking quotes, what their experience is, how long they’ve been involved in the industry and where they received their training.
What Kind of Resources Do they Have?
One thing that you should be interested in is just how big their operation is and whether a carpet cleaning company you are interested in has access to high quality resources. Some ‘one-man’ operations have very limited supplies of equipment and resources and are not able to provide the higher standard that others can.
Do they regularly maintain and look after their equipment? This is important because, like many other machines and pieces of equipment, a carpet cleaner will only work at the optimum level, if it has been maintained properly. So, you need to know that the company you are interested in hiring has regularly services, cleans and maintains their equipment.
Are They Being Upfront About Costs?
You need to be careful when you see a carpet cleaner offering their services for what seems to be ridiculously cheap rates. While not all are out to rip you off, some have been known to add extra charges and hidden fees on. So, you hire that company, thinking you are getting an excellent deal, only to discover when it comes to paying them that the bill is a lot more than you expected and were told in the beginning.
Look for companies that are transparent about their pricing structures and who welcome questions and answer them fully. Be less trusting of companies who you feel might be hiding something. As with many things in life, go with your gut instinct. If something seems too good to be true, it more than likely is.
Do They Use High Quality Products?
Further to the point about resources, you want to know that the carpet cleaner you hire only use good quality and effective cleaning products and machinery. The last thing you want is to spend all that money, hoping you are going to have your carpets returned to as good as new condition, only to find they’ve been stained or just not cleaned thoroughly enough because the company has scrimped on the cost.
If in doubt, ask them. Most professional carpet cleaning companies who are not looking to rip you off will be happy to discuss the equipment, cleaning solutions and other products they use.
Divorce (and the separation of cohabiting parents) typically lies on a spectrum of “mildly unsettling” to “utterly horrendous” and the fact that the UK does not currently recognise “no-fault” divorce creates additional challenges for those who are trying to manage an amicable separation, even though the legal process of divorce in the UK has a fundamental principle that the welfare of any children must be put front and centre at all times.
While members of the legal profession will do everything they can to minimise the impact on children, at the end of the day, the main responsibility for the welfare of children lies, as always with their parents. With that in mind, here are three suggestions which might help.
Have a solution prepared before you tell children the problem
Create a plan of action for you and your partner, so you are both clear on the way forward, before you tell your children. This is less about focusing on the positives of the change, as, from the children’s perspective, there may be absolutely none, but about limiting the negatives and, crucially, emphasising to your children that you remain united as parents.
NB: It is a sad fact of modern life that the more people know about something, the more likely it is that children, even younger ones, will get to hear about it, or at least rumours of it, via social media. Even if you limit your children’s access to social media (or ban them completely from using it), the reality is that they will almost certainly interact with children who do have access to it and who will pass on the gossip to their friends as people do. With that in mind, it’s strongly advisable to be very careful about where, when and with whom you discuss your feelings and plans.
Underline the fact that the divorce is about you and not about them
It can be very tricky to decide just how much to tell children, even older ones. You may wish to take the approach of telling them the truth and nothing but the truth, but not necessarily the whole truth. There is, however, one fact which must be underlined in all situations which is that the divorce is about you and your partner as individuals, not about you and your partner as parents. Not only does that mean that you will both expect to have the same relationship with your children, but it also means that you will continue to work together with regards to the practicalities of parenting, such as setting ground rules for behaviour and ensuring that they are enforced.
Keep change to a minimum
In a sense, keeping change to a minimum is a way of making good on your promise that this change is only going to affect you and your partner as individuals, rather than having a negative impact on your children. If you find yourself having to make unwelcome changes to their established routine, then you are basically demonstrating that your divorce is going to have a negative impact on them.
K J Smith Solicitors are family solicitors in Reading, specialising in all aspects of divorce and separation in including finances on divorce, family mediation, cohabitation agreements and collaborative law.
Washing machines are one of the most useful of modern white good appliances that we have today. However, they are only as effective as the way you use them. In the following post therefore, we want to discuss the kind of things you think might be okay to put in the washing machine, but that you should never actually put in the washing machine.
While normal trainers are mostly fine, especially if they are not particularly expensive, we wouldn’t recommend putting those fancy running shoes into the washing machine. The harshness of the wash cycle could reduce their plushness or even shrink them. If you need to wash those running shoes, it is better then to hand wash them and then just air dry them out.
Stains Caused by Flammable Sources
Most stains can be washed out in the washing machine, apart from one specific group of stains. That is, stains caused by flammable substances such as petrol, diesel and other solvents that are combustible. If you put clothes that have been stained with these kinds of substances, you run the risk of having a fire or even causing an explosion.
Who has time to hand wash their underwear every single time without fail? Well, it might be time to start doing that, if you want to get as much life out of your underwired bras as possible. The underwire can easily get destroyed by being thrown around during the wash cycle in your machine. If you can’t face washing them by hand every single time and need to use the washing machine, perhaps because you are in a rush, stick them in a mesh wash bag or even a pillow case to protect them.
Incredibly Small Items (E.g. Baby Socks etc.)
Have you ever put a load of clothes into the washer and been sure there were pairs of baby socks in there only to find when you take the load out, you only have one sock of each pair? You are not alone. Just where do those smaller items go? They get sucked into the vents and hoses inside your machine, or at least, they can. If you are going to wash smaller items in your washing machine, and we don’t really blame you for doing so, you need to follow the same advice as above and use a mesh bag or pillow case to keep them safe. Failing that you could wash them in the sink by hand.
There are a few areas where you need to use a bit of caution, because some types are okay while others aren’t okay to wash in the machine.
Blankets and Throws
Sofa Covers – As most are pre-shrunk, they are safe to machine wash. Without the label outlining instructions, it is best to stick with your gut and have them dry-cleaned.
Pillows and Duvets – It all comes down to the capacity of your washing machine whether you can wash duvets and pillows or not.
We’ve looked at some of the items you really shouldn’t wash in your washing machine in this post, but if you want to know some of the surprising things you can wash, check out this post at Repair Aid.
Washing machines are obviously incredibly convenient. They are more effective than hand washing and avoid you needing to take your clothes down to the nearest stream or launderette. However, they also use a lot of water, energy and chemicals. If you are looking for ways to make greener use of your washing machine, you’ve come to the right place. Check out the six great tips we have provided below.
Always Wash a Full Load
As a rule of thumb, it is best to only use your washing machine when it has a full load in the drum. It should go without saying that while you want it to be full, you don’t want to overfill it or not all the items will wash as thoroughly.
Pick the Right Washer
It is important to choose, if you are in the process of buying a new washing machine, the right one. That is one that is rated for water efficiency and energy efficiency. This helpful guide at Repair Aid gives further suggestions worth considering.
Avoid Using Prewash Cycles
Although it can be very tempting to use those prewash cycles if you have clothes that are particularly dirty. You know the kind we mean – the kids have been to football practice or are home from a weekend at Glastonbury. That kind of muck. However, you could increase the efficiency of your machine by avoiding them all together and instead using laundry balls, these help to mix the laundry up much better and improve the overall effectiveness of the wash cycle.
Always Wash at 30-Degrees Where Possible
It is possible that you have heard many advertisements proclaiming about how effective washing your dirty laundry at just 30-degrees can be. This is not a sales pitch. The truth is that most washing machines are now efficient and effective enough to wash clothes thoroughly, even if the temperature is set to 30-degrees. This obviously saves on the energy required to warm the water and it also is a gentler way to get your clothes clean. An important tip though would be to use a liquid detergent, rather than a powder if you are washing at lower temperatures as these are already dissolved.
Avoid Overusing Detergent
Try to follow the guidelines on the back of the bottle or box of detergent. If you want to prevent your machine from working inefficiently or being more polluting, measure it carefully. Besides, using too much each wash will increase the amount of money you are having to pay out for washing machine detergent.
Choose the Time of Day You Wash Your Clothes Carefully
This only applies if you have a dual day/night meter. If you do, avoid using your machine during the day and try to use it more at nighttime or even at the weekends to enjoy a reduced tariff. If power is sourced from photovoltaic solar paneling, you are best using your washing machine during the day to get the full benefit from all that free electricity generated from the panels.
Parasites are tiny organisms that reside in or on a host organism, deriving nutrition from the host and gaining an advantage on the latter’s expense. Undoubtedly, parasites can be dangerous in more than one way as they can deprive the host of nutrition and even cause a myriad of diseases. Tapeworms, candida, amoeba, and yeast are some of the most common parasitic organisms found in humans. While some consume your food and leave you hungry, others feed on your blood and cause anemia.
Since parasites can be bad for your health, you need to prevent them in the first place. This is possible by ensuring that you do not consume contaminated food and water. If they do somehow enter your body, the best bet is to eliminate them naturally. While you can rely on medicines, it is still better to look for natural remedies as they do not have side effects and can be used long-term. Here are some herbs that can be used for treating parasites safely and effectively.
Garlic is a common household herb yet is revered for its amazing health benefits. It is loaded with a potent compound called allicin, which is antifungal, antibiotic and anti-parasitic in nature. This makes it capable of destroying dangerous microorganisms that reside within your body. Consuming fresh garlic everyday is a good way to get rid of these unwanted organisms naturally. You can chew a clove or two of fresh garlic on empty stomach every morning for best results.
Another herbal remedy that is amazingly effective for eliminating parasitic organisms is black walnut. Both the hull and nuts are capable of cleansing the intestines and blood. The hull is particularly efficacious as a remedy for fungal infection. Black walnuts kill pinworms, tapeworms and Candida infections. Furthermore, they are work to bring down the sugar levels and accelerate the detox process as well.
Natural cleansing remedies are always better than conventional medicines because they are easy to adhere, inexpensive and safe. If you have tried doing something like this before, you will probably be aware about the wonderful benefits of clove. This small herb surprisingly has potent anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. It can be chewed directly or used in the form of essential oil, though both deliver favorable results against parasites.
Ginger is a common herb with an incredible range of health benefits. It is great for digestion and increases blood circulation as well. The powerful herb boosts the acid production in the stomach, which plays a key role in protecting against intestinal parasites and killing the ones that enter your body. Not only this, ginger is also effective for alleviating the symptoms of parasitic die-off. You can consume it in fresh and dried forms for best results.
Turmeric is a herb that has been revered for its medicinal properties for ages. Besides being anti-inflammatory and antibiotic in nature, this herb also acts as a worm expelling agent. Additionally, it has a purifying action on the body and eliminates harmful toxins and parasites too. The best thing about turmeric is that it is easy to include in your daily diet and completely safe to consume on a regular basis.
Another herb that makes a great option for natural elimination of parasitic organisms from your body is thyme. It activates the thymus glands and awakens the natural defensive mechanism, thus curbing the growth of internal parasites. Additionally, it inhibits the growth of bacterial within the body as it is a natural antibacterial agent.
Amazingly, the super-hot cayenne pepper not only adds flavor to your food but works wonders against parasites as well. It is a natural anti-fungal agent and kills fungus, parasites and mold. Also, it enhances the efficacy of other herbs when combined with them for remedial purposes. If you want ginger or garlic to kill parasites faster, just combine them with cayenne pepper.
Raw pumpkin seeds
Another remedial measure that you can try to relieve parasites naturally is raw pumpkin seeds. They have been used traditionally in relieving tapeworm infestations. These tiny seeds are loaded with a natural fat which is toxic to parasite eggs and kills them. Grind the seeds and mix them in smoothies and salads for availing quick and lasting relief from parasitic organisms.
These herbs are commonly available, easy to use and completely safe in most of the cases. Also, they are a cost-effective alternative. Still, you should consult a healthcare provider before trying any herbal remedies. Pregnant women, lactating mothers and people suffering from chronic diseases should use them only under medical supervision.
Few experiences are as devasting as a house fire. Leaving your home can be a traumatic experience and losing your home can leave you unsettled, making it difficult to recover.
Emotional distress is common after a house fire. Evacuating, relocating, and rebuilding is stressful and emotionally exhausting. The emotional distress can make it difficult to move forward, especially when it comes to your insurance claim.
Home insurance typically covers three types of expenses after a fire:
b) Personal Contents
c) Additional Living Expenses
These three categories should cover a) rebuilding your home after a fire, b) replacing personal belongings lost in the fire, and c) the increased cost of living while you are out of your damaged home, such as staying in a hotel.
It can be expensive to rebuild after a fire, and you need the fair compensation from your insurance company.
If you don’t have the cash to cover your living expenses, it can be tempting to accept any offer just so that you can get back on your feet. Before you accept, consider asking your insurance company for a cash advance on your claim. The insurance company is responsible for making sure you don’t suffer undue financial hardship. The advance will be deducted from your final claim, but accepting an advance does not mean that you’ve accepted the insurance company’s initial offer, either.
If you need help with a home insurance claim after a fire or flood, you won’t find many law firms that practice directly in this area. In Canada, only one firm practices solely in this area: Virani Law. They negotiate on your behalf with insurance companies. While they operate similar to an independent adjuster in some respects, they use their legal knowledge and negotiation skills to their benefit, and can also take your insurance company to mediation, or through the legal system if your family isn’t getting what they deserve.
Most negotiations resolve without ending up in mediation or court, as both the homeowners and the insurance companies want to avoid the extra time and added expense. A qualified lawyer can use both insurance and legal knowledge to recover more fulsome compensation for your family. To learn more about how your family can get everything you’re entitled to from your insurance company, visit Viranilaw.ca and ask about how it works.
Many people assume that calling a lawyer will be too expensive. However, the billing model used by Virani Law focuses on helping families who have been through a fire or flood maximize their return. Clients only pay legal fees on the extra funds your lawyer is able to obtain. It’s an unconventional billing system designed to protect families.
A fire is a traumatic experience for families. As you put the pieces back together, you don’t want to stress over your insurance claim. Better compensation can help make your rebuild and recovery smoother and less frustrating after the devastation of a fire. Get professional help to look after your family’s best interests.
Your home insurance claim shouldn’t be complicated. A law firm can take the stress out of your insurance claim while increasing the compensation offered to you by the insurance company. This will help you collect what’s fair.
When it comes to redesigning a room, or even getting the design right for an entire house, it is tempting to try and do it all by yourself. After all, you know what you want and where, so why not just go ahead? That’s all very well, but what if you could engage the services of an expert interior designer and take things up a level? Put it this way – you pay a hairdresser to do your hair!
There are some people who are simply better at designing and arranging interiors, and that’s why they are the professionals. What benefit do you get from using the services of an interior designer? First, you get their expertise in utilising the available space to the best effect. Then, you get the advantage of them having contacts in the fields involved – think furnishing, decoration, electronics, even construction – that you don’t have. Plus, you get the knowledge of someone who will work with you and listen to your ideas, then perfect them and put them into place.
The only problem is finding an interior designer who you can rely on to deliver the goods in a professional fashion at a sensible price, but we think we can help you there!
Edinburgh Interiors Experts
We’d like to suggest you take a look at the interior design portfolio of Gayfield Design, who operate in and around the Edinburgh area. They have many satisfied clients who have used their services to redesign single rooms, entire houses – sometimes working in listed and historic buildings – and also operate a consultancy service, so you can have them perfect your ideas and then put them into practice yourself, or use your own contractors to do the job.
Gayfield Design has access to the very best craftsmen in all the fields needed to execute interior design solutions, and you can consult with them on everything from carpentry to lighting, and they will be happy to discuss your ideas with you and offer their own solutions as to the best way to finish your project.
On Site Workshop
A further benefit of using Gayfield Design is that they also have a workshop on site, in which expert seamstresses can create handmade soft furnishings, blinds and curtains, so you have wonderful bespoke designs that are unique and of the highest quality. It is detail touches such as these that really makes Gayfield Design stand out from the crowd.
Interior design is not just decorating, it is an art in its own right. The talent of the expert will shine through in the final result, and even if you use Gayfield Design only for consultancy, you will be amazed how they can turn your ideas into reality improving on them all the while.
Whether you have one or two rooms or a whole house you need remodelling, talk to the team now and see how they can help, and you will soon see just how much you can gain from using the professionals.
A lot of people today spend so much time cooped up in their room playing video games or streaming on Netflix. Such a small amount of time is spent, if any at all, outdoors playing with other kids or enjoying a good ‘ol fashioned barbecue with the neighbours.
All of that should change this coming summer and you can start by playing any of these awesome backyard games. So let’s say that after so many years and countless First Home Buyer’s Guide articles you pored through, you finally have a house and are planning an awesome party. Let’s remind friends and family how exciting it is to drop everything you’re doing to play outside.
Water Balloon Dodgeball
A fun twist to an old favourite, this game is pretty self-explanatory. Load up balloons with water, team up, and get ready to dodge like your life depended on it. You can invite more people to join this game and turn it into your little backyard tournament. Limit the number of people on the field to maybe four or five, and around four teams. The winners of each elimination round will then compete each other and win the title of “Best Backyard Dodgeball Team.” Just remember not to aim for the face, and wear protective gear if you have them.
Picnic basket relay
Divide everyone into teams and give them a complete picnic set, which includes: plates, utensils, glasses, and even food. Each team member must set up a picnic as fast as they can and the put it back in the basket. Once they are done, the next player needs to do the same. The team who can finish the fastest wins.
Try to avoid using materials that will break easily just in case people get too excited and accidentally drop plates and glasses.
For this version of charades, only one person in the team is guessing. Other members will pick from your pool of topics or phrases. They will not act it out though, instead they will form a picture and freeze, a bit like a tableau. Then the team member will have to guess what the ‘picture’ is. You can do themed charades so that it is easier for them to guess the picture like movies or songs.
Do this “Amazing Race” style. Which means you will have to prepare riddles and tasks that the teams will have to figure out and accomplish. The goal is for them to form a puzzle or look for an item around the house. Make sure you go wild with it, too. You can hide items in places they will not think you will make use of and ask them riddles that will really mess with their wit.
You can limit the team members to three or four, and around four teams only. When you are setting up the tasks, make sure there instructions and guidelines so that the game remains safe to play.
This is the perfect game to show off those dance moves. Everyone joining the game should partner, face each other, with a whole page of newspaper laid out in front of them on the ground. The rules are simple: they will start dancing once you play music. When you stop the track, they should stand on the newspaper, making sure that both of them are on it. After each round, the players will fold the newspaper in half, and then they will start dancing again once you play the song. This goes on until only one pair remains.
So clear up the backyard, call all your friends and family, and get ready for an awesome summer bonding!
Hosting a party is a great way of getting friends and family together, and also a networking opportunity if you are inviting business colleagues. Whether you are hosting in your own home or at a hired venue, getting everything just right is the key to a successful party, and there is so much to do! The trick to organising a great party is to start early; make a list of what you want to do – think about a theme, for example – and who you will be inviting, and then start looking for your venue!
Of course, in and around Los Angeles you have the pick of some excellent party venues, but you probably want to host one in your own home and grounds. These are often the best kind of parties as there is no pressure on anyone, and after all, who doesn’t love a garden party! With the right weather, great food, a fabulous crowd and perhaps some live music, you’ve got the perfect holiday party! If it’s a winter party you’re organising, one for the festive season, all the better, and we have a great way of making things go even more smoothly.
Take the Pressure off You
So, you’ve organised your guest list, got the food sorted, and you are excited for your party. Yet, you know that when it happens, you will be pulled here, there and everywhere to help serve, make sure things are going well and to attend to little problems. You don’t want any of that; you want to take your time, relax and enjoy yourself, so we recommend you hire serving staff to take the pressure off you. You might be surprised to learn how affordable it is to get hold of trained, professional servers who will attend to all your guests, leaving you to mingle and catch up with old friends.
Furthermore, you’re in luck if you’re in the LA region, as Los Angeles Party Staffing can offer you the very best people, and at sensible rates that will not break the bank. They have a team of highly experienced waiter and waitresses, who can help you with table set up, tray service, formal dining service, and washing and cleaning after the event. If you need bar serving staff, Los Angeles Party Staffing can provide you with friendly, professional bartenders experienced in serving everything from cocktails to wine, shots and more, and who will ensure that your bar area is well-presented and clean at all times.
With such professional service on call at great rates – check the website for more information and get in touch for a quote – you can be sure of a great weight taken off your mind whether your party is formal, casual or for a religious or other celebration. It makes sense if you want to enjoy your party with no added pressure to get in touch with Los Angeles Party Staffing now, and see how they can help you.