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What To Look Out for When Hiring a Nanny

If you’re looking for a nanny, it can be difficult to find one that lives up to the expectations supernanny Jo Frost set for everybody. Her techniques seem to work no matter how badly behaved the child! However, that doesn’t mean you can’t strive to find somebody as equally as good as her. Here’s what you should look for when hiring:

Someone Well Put Together

No, we don’t believe you should judge a book by it’s cover, but if the nanny seems to take care of herself this can only be a good sign, as well as an indication of how she’ll care for your child/children. She doesn’t need to have a fashion sense to rival Alexa Chung, but providing she’s clean and tidy like t&c staff, it’s a good sign.

Interacts Well With Your Child

As part of your interview, you should allow the nanny time to meet your child. Does she seem patient and caring? IS she comfortable holding and playing with your child? Don’t worry if your child doesn’t seem to take to her right away, they may get used to her in time. What’s important is how she handles the situation.

Asks Appropriate Questions

There are some tell tale signs that somebody will be a good nanny, and asking appropriate questions is one of them. If she asks you how often your baby cries for example, this might mean she can’t handle normal child behaviour. If she doesn’t ask any questions at all this can still be a problem, as she should be interested enough in the position to think of things she’d like to know the answers to.

Intelligence

Does she seem intelligent? The nanny should be able to follow instruction and think on her feet effectively.

Chemistry

You don’t need to become best friends with this lady, but you should be able to talk to her about things concerning your child. She should feel comfortable with you, as the pair of you will need to be in constant contact.

Reliability

If she’s on time for her interview, that shows that she could be reliable. Lateness, even with an excuse, could spell trouble.

Capability

Does she seem as if she can handle taking care of your little one? If she doesn’t look up to the job physically, or seem it mentally, you should steer clear.

References

Getting references is a very important part of choosing a great nanny. Experience and great ratings from past employers are brilliant! You want to be able to contact at least 2 of her past employers. You’ll need to ask questions regarding how long she was with the family, whether she was reliable, why did she leave, if there was anything they didn’t like about her, and any examples of when she handles a difficult situation. Background checks are important too!

Once you think you’ve found a great nanny, you could schedule a test run in order to find out whether she’s suitable for the job. If you still feel comfortable, hire her!

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Door to Door: Top Tips for Moving to a New Home

Door to Door Top Tips for Moving to a New HomeKnock, knock. Who’s there? It’s time to move. This is often one of the most stressful times in a person’s life, because moving involves gathering up all of your personal belongings and physically moving them. There’s a good chance you’ll end up losing something, breaking something else, and there’s even the possibility that all of your stuff could be destroyed. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way if you take the time to prepare for your move.

Pack Up Everything Yourself

One of the best ways to ensure that all of your stuff makes it to where it’s going is to pack it yourself. Yes, this takes a lot more effort. It’s also a lot more time-consuming. But, at the end of it, you’ll know that the job is done right.

Most moving companies that have packing services aren’t as careful with your stuff as you’d be, and that makes sense if you think about it. It’s not their stuff. They’re not going to care about it as much as you do.

Label Everything and Take an Inventory

When you pack up your belongings, label everything. Take an extensive inventory and use a spreadsheet so that you have good documentation. Take photos, and even take the time to document the tiny details like how many pairs of socks you have.

This will make it a lot easier to keep track of your belongings when you’re ready to load them up, as well as when you move in. You can be sure everything made it to where it’s supposed to be. It’s also good for those times when you have to make an insurance claim for lost or damaged items.

Compare Written In-Home Estimates

Get the moving company to come out to your home. Don’t trust over-the-phone estimates. They’re never correct anyway. Most moving companies will charge either by weight or by volume. Ask for a quote based on both and go with the cheapest one. But, get your estimate in writing and ask about what could negatively affect the price between now and the time you’re ready to move.

Buy The Insurance

Get moving insurance. Some companies will offer it to you, but will advise you that it’s really not necessary. it is. Even if it costs you an additional $500, the standard insurance that comes with all moving jobs will only compensate you mere cents on the dollar for anything that’s lost or stolen. You want replacement value. If you’re unsure where to look for insurance, comb through top selling real estate agents, talk to your current insurance broker, or ask family or friends for referrals.

Don’t Forget About Your Pets

Your pets need to move too. So, don’t forget Fido’s crate, all his creature comforts, and don’t forget that animals often don’t like change. This is going to be a very confusing time for your pet. Make the transition as smooth as possible. You’re not going to want to pack up any of its belongings before you’re ready to move, and it’s always a good idea to take your dog with you to the new place and spend some time sniffing around.

Prep The New Home

Prepare your new home for your arrival. That means paint and clean the home before anything is moved in. It’s easier to do it now than wait for the furniture and all your belongings to arrive.

Arthur Young is a housing guru. From his long career in buying and selling, he enjoys blogging about everything from navigating the real estate market to getting settled in a new place.

Ladies Days Prove Popular

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Racecourses throughout the UK are adding more Ladies Days to their calendars as the events are proving very popular on the fixtures lists in horse racing.

The events tend to offer a reduced admission fee for ladies looking to attend a day at the races.

Along with the regular card, a range of different activities take place at the track which encourage interaction with the public. A best dressed prize is given to one lucky spectator, while a number of fashion shows take place between the contests on the course.

The most popular Ladies Days are at the big meetings in the sport but there are more than 60 each year in the UK alone. In March, the second day at the Cheltenham Festival attracts huge crowds as it is also very popular with people from Ireland. There is also a Ladies Day a month later during the Grand National Meeting. It takes place a day before the world famous steeplechase and also attracts a bumper attendance.

During the flat season, Royal Ascot is well known for its Ladies Day. The dress code at this meeting is strict as everybody on course has to wear a hat and follow specific guidelines to what they can wear. Those in attendance get a glimpse of the Queen as she makes her way down the racecourse in a horse and carriage before racing gets underway.

In the summer, there are a number of meetings which host evening events. They look to book an artist or band to perform after the racing finishes to extend the fun late into the early hours. Families are also able to take children with them as there are designated areas of the course which are alcohol free.

TV Subscriber Networks Deliver the Goods

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Originally, there were only a few networks on broadcast TV. Viewers had very limited choices, but at least television service was free. As time went on, however, the public began craving more variety in the types of shows they could watch. More channels were created, and cable and satellite TV came along as a means of delivering these channels to consumers. Of course, not all cable channels are created equal. Some, like HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, and Starz, offer premium programming at a premium price. When these networks first came to be, they struggled for a while to define the type of programming that they should deliver. Though they were originally used to televise hit movies to their subscribers, these channels have gradually been creating more and more original programming. These days, the content produced by some of the premium networks is among the best on TV, as is proven time and again by such indicators as ratings and awards shows.

The first real pioneer of original programming on subscriber networks was HBO. In the 1990s, it began broadcasting original series that became very popular, including The Larry Sanders Show, Oz, and Sex and the City. These programs were able to be unique because the cable network was much less strict about issues like profanity, violence, and nudity—all of which would have kept these shows off regular network TV. The success of some of these original programs spawned more series from HBO including The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Entourage, and more. In addition to regular series, HBO also pioneered the concept of the long-form miniseries with its multi-part TV movies like From the Earth to the Moon, Band of Brothers, and John Adams. The network was able to work with big names in Hollywood (like Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg) to create stories that couldn’t be told in the form of usual movies due to time and budget constraints. Today, some of the most popular TV programming that still draws in viewers to HBO include series like Girls, True Blood, Game of Thrones, and Boardwalk Empire.

After HBO began to be successful with its original programming, several of the other subscriber networks took notice and began to produce new programming of their own. Showtime gained new viewers with its early series, which included The Outer Limits and Queer as Folk. Over the years, it has continued to produce successful long-running programs like Weeds, The Big C, and The L Word. Current hits on Showtime include Dexter, Californication, and the winner of the 2012 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, Homeland.

While Starz and Cinemax lag behind the other premium networks when it comes to original programming, they have both taken successful stabs at creating their own shows. Spartacus ran for several years on Starz, and the network has a long list of shows currently in development to be launched in the next few years. Cinemax has focused most of its original programming on the adult genre, and its programs like Co-Ed Confidential, Lingerie, and Life on Top have all had long runs. If the programming from any of these networks interests you, but you currently don’t receive the channels, you might want to learn more about getting them through DirecTV from a dish network site.

There is no “lightning in a bottle” secret about what makes some of the original programming on premium channels work so well. The networks have simply found a formula that works. By convincing subscribers to pay for their content, these networks have been able to put more money into creating quality programming. The resulting quality programming cyclically attracts new subscribers. If you are fed up with some of the programs currently being aired on network TV and basic cable, turning to the content produced by these subscriber networks might be a perfect new way for you to get the most out of your TV viewing experience.

Courtney Whitehead loves to watch television wherever she happens to be. She also likes to write about it to share on various blogs.

Smart Self-Defense Tips For Women

Smart Self-Defense Tips For WomenWomen, often considered defenseless and an easy target, might find learning self-defense can help them if ever put in a dangerous situation.

Most crimes against women are sexual, and statistics confirm that 1 out of 5 American women have been raped, the victim of attempted rape, or sexually assaulted. Statistics also confirm that about 4.8 million women are the victim of domestic violence each year.

When it comes to these situations, having a background in self-defense can help prevent the attack, help save someone else from an attack, or help escape an attacker.

Here is a list of the most effective self-defense tools:

Firearms:

For women living alone, in a city, or in a crime-related area, owning a gun is a smart idea. Most people who own guns have never had to use one on an intruder, but they feel more comfortable knowing they have a means to protect themselves. Purchasing and owning a gun legally can be done through websites such as Calibersnm.co

SING

Although a humorous take on it, Sandra Bullock, in Miss Congeniality, teaches women how to defend themselves with the acronym SING:

Solar plexus

Instep

Nose

Groin

If attacked from behind, a woman should elbow her attacker in the solar plexus (stomach), stomp on their instep (foot), hit them in the nose, and finally, aim for the groin.

Fight Back

Other vulnerable areas to aim for are the eyes, ears, neck, and knees.

If the attacker is in front, aim to gouge the eyes and yank on the ears. For the neck, because of the carotid artery and jugular vein, the attacker can be temporarily stunned if hit hard in the side of the neck.

The elbow, knee, and head are the biggest built-in defense mechanisms because they inflict the most pain.

Be vocal and aggressive if possible. Because many attackers prey on women they hope to be defenseless, yelling and immediately fighting back can scare them off.

Tools

Having a rape whistle, pepper spray, or mace can be effective tools to stopping an attack. Rape whistles draw attention, thus many attackers will flee for fear of being caught. Mace and pepper spray, when sprayed in the face, cause temporary blindness, giving a woman a chance to run away.

Classes

There are many gyms, colleges, and martial arts centers that offer self-defense classes. Classes demonstrate how to get out of typical positions such as a chokehold, bear hug, or wrist hold. These classes provide informative tips, practice, and confidence should anyone ever be put into a dangerous situation.

Be Savvy

Keys, pens, briefcases, tweezers, etc. can all be used as weapons if applied with enough force. These items can temporarily stun and injure an attacker, or, in the best case scenario, scare them off.

Report

Report any attack to the authorities. Do not be afraid to report to the authorities because any evidence or information can be used to catch the assailant and provide awareness.

Hopefully a dangerous situation will never arise, but knowing self-defense could save a life.

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Should You Buy Your Little Girl Miss Grant Dresses?

miss grantWhen you have a little girl that you want to buy the prettiest and sweetest looking outfits for, the things that matter most are the little extras.  In our opinion, it all comes down to those little frills on short sleeves or bejewelled motifs on shoulders or even pretty embellishments that will delight a little girl’s eyes.  We have yet to come across a designer brand of children’s clothing that understands this factor more than Miss Grant.

When you are looking for plenty of embellishments, then you really need to take a close look at Miss Grant dresses.  These dresses come with a wide array of different all-in-ones, leggings, puffy sleeved tops, ruffled skirts and very simple, but eye catching shapes.  The Miss Grant range offers a diverse blank canvas for parents who can choose from the likes of long strings of dangling and attractive beads, ribbons, bows, motifs and various decorative patterns to suit even the most discerning tastes of your little girl.

Another way that Miss Grant products could be the best choice of designer wear for your little girl is the fact that they all rely on similar cuts and styles but with different decorations and colours, so your child only needs to try on one dress to see how well any others in that range will or will not fit.  This means that as well as having to spend less time making your child changing into different outfits in a changing room, you can buy more Miss Grant products online, knowing that they will fit properly.

The fact that the cuts and fabric have been expertly designed and manufactured means that with most products, they are likely to fit your child, regardless of their size and shape.  If your child and you are very fashion conscious and want to look your best, then Miss Grant is a great choice for clothes shopping as the lines offered are practical as well as being eye-catching and fashionable.

One of the concerns that we always have with children’s clothes, whether it’s those worn by little girls or boys, is how well they will survive a play session outdoors.  You can rest assured that Miss Grant dresses have been designed and made with this in mind.  Little girls can get rather messy when they are out playing in the grass or mud, and even if they don’t like that kind of play – accidents are always possible when it comes to kids at play.  Practicality of the clothes in this range is something you don’t have to worry about, as they will retain their great looks and fit even after play.

We don’t know about anyone else, but having girl’s clothes for our kids that look good but that are also easy to look after is very important to us.  This is very much the case when it comes to Miss Grant dresses and clothes.  They really do look great and last a long time, more than justifying the price tag compared to cheaper, less well designed alternatives.

Fun Tips to Teach Your Kids to Learn Another Language

The first few years of your child’s life are usually the most special, and so it can be tempting to spend all day playing around and let them get up to all kinds of mischief. However, these early stages are when your little boy or girl will be most susceptible to new information, and so giving them some education from time to time could significantly improve their intelligence in later life. This is why many childrens books are based around learning, and why you should consider spending at least an hour every day teaching them something new.

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Language is one of the most difficult subjects to pick up when you’re older, and so encouraging your children to take an interest from an early age could be a very wise move. At the end of the day, even if they never encounter a situation where using their newfound foreign language is required in real life, just being able to speak in a different tongue is likely to improve their options when leaving school or university. Don’t get me wrong, teaching a new language to a child is never easy, so you’re going to need some fun tips from an expert if you want to achieve the best results.

It must be your lucky day…

Turn Learning Into A Game

Most toddlers exhibit one of two main personality traits. They’re either extremely competitive, or in constant need of entertainment. Regardless of which category your child fits, there’s a learning technique that will suit. For competitive children, make it clear that whoever learns the most words first will be rewarded in some way. For children with active imaginations who need entertainment, find a way of turning the learning into a fun game. Perhaps you might like to get Snakes and Ladders out and add the stipulation that they’re unable to roll the dice until they’ve answered a language question correctly. Are you with me?

Use All Modern Technology

Presuming you have computers in your home with a good internet connection, it would be silly not to utilise all the benefits offered by this technology. You’ll find some brilliant foreign language learning games online, and when their skills are more advanced, you could even head on over to websites like learngerman24.net to help them improve even further. Incidentally, it’s worth mentioning that German, French and Spanish are the most common languages spoken in the world after English, so it’s best to stick with those three.

Visit A Relevant Country

If you’ve spent a couple of months teaching your child to speak French and you really want to encourage them to progress further, you’ll need to spark their interest somehow. This could mean booking a holiday to somewhere like Paris and letting them meet people who use the language as their first. This will help to provide a kind of context to their learning, and should inspire them to continue because they want to, not because you want them to.

Well guys, that’s all you’re getting out of me today, but I’m confident you will have learnt some skills that are sure to benefit your child in the near future. Just remember, young minds are like barren deserts; they need the seed of inspiration and the water of your knowledge to sprout life.

Good luck!

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A Guide for Moms Going Thorugh a Divorce

As a parent, a divorce is probably one of the hardest things you’ll ever go through. Not only do you have to deal with your own feelings, you have to make sure your child is coping well too. However, by handling the situation correctly you should be able to make your child feel safe and secure. Millions of families have been what you’re going through and have survived, so follow our guide to get through it together:

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Explaining The Situation to The Children

Sitting your children down and explaining what is going on to them is very important, especially if they are old enough to realise what is going on. Try to explain it to them together, even if it means you have to stop arguing and call a truce for a while. Depending on the age of your child, you’ll need to give more/less explanation and say things differently. A child of 5 is going to understand less than a child of 15! Make sure you agree on what to say with each other beforehand, don’t pass off any blame, and don’t contradict each other. Your child needs to know you’ll both be there for them as always.

Minimise the Tension

Providing your partner isn’t too angry, abusive, or violent, try to minimise the tension to avoid causing emotional difficulties. These difficulties could affect your child way past childhood, so don’t criticize your ex in front of them or make them take sides.

Make Sure they Know You Love Them

Both parents need to make the child know that they love them no matter what, and they’ll always be there for them. Show them they won’t be abandoned and that they are always loved with plenty of reassurance.

Stick With Their Routine

Make sure they stick with any current routines at school, after school activities, seeing friends, and seeing family on both sides. Life will change for them, but the more stable it is the better.

Don’t Go it Alone

Make sure you let teachers and carers about what is happening so they are understanding of your child’s behaviour and can provide support where possible. You may also need to contact a company such as this immigration and family law solicitors based in Manchester to sort out any issues.

Be Open

Your child needs to know that it’s ok to discuss things with you. Their feelings and opinions are important, so be honest and open with them. Try to answer any questions they have truthfully in a way they’ll understand.

See It From Your Child’s Point of View

Your child won’t have the same concerns as you – they might simply be worried about pocket money, birthday parties, and other things that children worry about.

Protect Them from Adult Worries

Bear in mind that there’s no way your child can understand what you’re going through. To your child, saying sorry could work and they probably won’t be able to process why it hasn’t. Try to protect them from your worries, and confide in an adult rather than your children on your worst days.

You and your child/children will get through this, it will just take time, patience, and honesty from both/all of you. Stick together, get support, and you’ll be just fine!

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Building A Decorative Fountain For Your Garden

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One of the best ways to add a touch of class to your garden is by building a decorative fountain.  There is nothing more relaxing than sitting in your garden and having that soothing running water soundtrack in the background.  By installing a fountain in your garden, you not only have an eye-catching and attractive centrepiece but you create a space that is much more than a garden, that is a getaway from the world.  The best thing about building a fountain I how east it actually is to do. 

If you are interested in building a fountain then by following the instructions in this article, you could have one installed and working in the space of an afternoon.

What You Need

A submersible pump

½ inch of tubing

A plastic basin or bowl

A fairly large decorative ceramic pot

Small pebbles and rocks

A planter bowl that is small enough to fit inside the ceramic pot

A small bit drill

A shovel

Coupling

Clip

Sealant suitable for an aquarium

Build The Foundation

To begin with, check that the ceramic pot is glazed on the inside.  If it isn’t glazed, then you will need to apply a couple of coats of sealant.   After that, seal it with a water seal.  You need to choose a level and even plot of land that you are going to install the fountain onto.  Use the shovel to dig a hole that is slightly deeper than and as wide as the water basin.  This is going to be the base or foundation of your fountain.  Yu also need to dig a shallow, thing line that runs from the hole to the nearest outdoor power outlet, as this will house the cord.

Now place the plastic water basin inside the hole.  Now you need to use a submersible pump in your fountain by attaching it to the tubing and placing the pump close to one of the basin’s edges.  Add some bricks to the basin to weigh it down, secure it and stabilise it.  Feed the tube down through the bottom of the ceramic pot and now place the pot inside the basin.  If the planter does not have a hole in the bottom, drill one into the centre of the bottom using a small bit that is just a little bit bigger than the tubing.  Now push the tubing through the planter and sit it on top of the ceramic pot.  Use sealer on the hole to ensure that the tubing is properly plugged in and then connect the water pump’s nozzle, using the clip and connector to fasten it in place.  Then seal it by running the aquarium sealant round the nozzle’s edge.

While you wait for the sealant to set, decorate the planter using the rocks and pebbles.  It may be a good idea to add three or four plants to give the fountain a touch of colour and life.  Place the cord well hidden inside the trench you dug and cover it up well so that no-one trips over it.

Fill the plastic basin with water using a garden hose until the water reaches the rim.  Now fill the planter until it reaches the rim and plug the pump into a power outlet and watch as your fountain comes to life.

 

The World’s Greatest Race

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It’s getting to that time of year when the media talk increasing about the Grand National. And for many of us – even those who have no other interest in horse racing whatsoever – this really is the best race on the planet.

Now the National has come in for some understandable criticism over recent years for cruelty to the horses – so the fences have been made safer and various other measures introduced to protect the horses. It remains a dangerous race to man and beast, but then so do all other jump races and sports which are far less natural for horses such as dressage and show-jumping, yet attract no criticism oddly.

Anyway, the UK still loves the race with an estimated £150m gambled away in racing betting in this country alone each year.

At the Liverpool course itself, a crowd of over 70,000 turns up each year to see the horses in the flesh and witness the whole event – whilst around 600 million more viewers get a far better view of proceedings on televisions around the world.

Each year, 40 runners and riders compete in what is the world’s most famous steeplechase by far – and the interest in the race just seems to get bigger every year.

In Britain, an amazing two-thirds of the adult population place a bet on the race – which for many families is part of a tradition where everyone in the household makes a selection.

This year’s Grand National will take place on Saturday April 5th. It will be the 167th running of the great race. The weights have recently been announced and if you fancy a long-shot “ante-post” gamble in advance of the race, you’ll almost definitely get far better racing live betting odds than you would on the day. But if your selection doesn’t run, you’ll forfeit your stake, so be careful.

A maximum of 40 horses can run but currently, there are still over 100 entries. So to be safe, leave any bets until much nearer the day – but whatever you do; don’t miss the greatest race on earth!