Going out car shopping is always a fun time as you get to check out all sorts of different car models from different car dealers and private sellers until you end up choosing ‘that’ car!
Just because you are a parent, or you are expecting a newborn soon, doesn’t mean that you still can’t have fun when you go out shopping for suitable family cars!
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If you are in the process of looking around for a family car, here are 7 helpful tips to ensure that you choose the right car for you and your family, rather than a car the salesperson wants you to buy!
1. Don’t buy a car until you buy a baby seat first
This might sound a bit odd, but let me explain! A large number of people tend to buy a family car first and then a baby seat later on, but the trouble with this is you have no guarantees that the car seat you want to buy will fit your car correctly!
Consider taking the baby seat with you when you go to view cars, so that you can see whether the car is suitable for your baby seat or not.
2. Let your baby test the car out
Should you have a newborn in tow, it is the perfect opportunity for you to fit a car seat into the car you want to buy and strap your baby in so that you can check out whether the car is right for you and your baby.
3. Check out Euro NCAP safety test results
Safety is the top priority when it comes to buying a family car, so before you even head out to look at a particular car you should do some research online first and find out how well it has done in Euro NCAP safety tests.
4. Sit in the back of the car
Rob from http://www.cardealwarehouse.co.uk/ recommends that any parent should sit in the back of a car that they are thinking of buying so that they can see whether there is enough space for parent and baby to sit in the back of the car.
5. Consider 4×4 cars
Most families will end up buying estate cars or people carriers, but you should also consider 4×4 cars such as the Land Rover Discovery and the BMW X5. Generally, taller cars are easier to get babies, children and cargo in and out of than ‘lower’ cars like estates, for example.
6. Try to fit your pram or stroller in the boot
Some people opt for buying smaller hatchbacks due to budget constraints or parking limitations where they live. It is important that you buy a car that you, your baby and children, and your pram or stroller can all fit into simultaneously!
7. Check out online reviews from the motoring press
Before you buy any car, you need to determine how reliable it is going to be. Websites such as Parkers are a great free resource for information pertaining to reliability and cost details on a number of popular car models.
The Formula One racing seems to be one of those “Marmite” things; you either love it or hate it. Personally, I love every minute of it and can’t wait for the new season to begin, perhaps more so than ever before.
That’s because the required designs for the cars have undergone their most sweeping changes for a generation. Firstly, they need to embrace green technology so the 2.4-litre naturally aspirated V8 engines are out and 1.6-litre V6 turbos are in. There’s also a fuel limit of 100kg, roughly 130 litres – down from 150kg or so last year when there was no such limit. Also, engines must now consume fuel at nothing above 100kg per hour.
But the new engines will be hybrids, using ‘energy recovery system’ which harnesses kinetic energy from the back axle during braking through an electric motor that harnesses energy from the turbo which would otherwise be wasted as heat.
Such big changes will mean the results for the first few Grand Prixes could be all over the place as constructors and drivers get to grips with the new technology in real race situations. This is fun for those of us who enjoy a bet on Formula 1 now and again as the races could throw up some pretty anomalous results.
Currently with Betfair, for example, Sebastian Vettel remains a firm favourite to win the opening Grand Prix in Melbourne on 16th March. He’s also less than 2-1 with Betfair at the time of writing to retain the driver’s championship.
These look like very short odds given the huge technological changes required – and there are even more that we haven’t mentioned like the lowering of the noses of the cars, making them look like enormous anteaters. Then there are the exhaust changes which require a single, central exhaust pipe exiting over the gearbox, so the previous usage of exhaust gases to boost down-force is no longer possible.
This will, arguably, hurt Vettel-Red Bull more than anyone else – so the cards really are up in the air and a longshot on Betfair – with a few to laying the bet back at shorter odds as the season progresses looks to be the shrewdest bet – and it all adds to the fun if you’re a “love it” kind of person when it comes to F1. .
A parent’s greatest wish is for their children to receive everything they have ever wanted. Even though it is a part of life, parents hate seeing their children hurt, be in pain, or suffer from sickness.
Creating a healthy family atmosphere can provide children with a happy, healthy life.
A key to maintaining a healthy family is to have a family physician. Because a child’s health is extremely important to their growth and health later on in life, having a personal family physician ensures parents that their children are being taken care of. Furthermore, concierge medicine doctors, because of the personal relationship, allow parents to feel at ease when the doctors are giving a check up to their children, for it feels like a family member is looking after them.
The Importance Of Nutrition
Kids can be picky making mealtimes difficult with their stubborn attitudes. With guidance and creativity from their parents, children will find healthy foods they absolutely love—and can’t get enough of.
First and foremost is breakfast. It truly is the most important meal of the day because it dictates the rest of the day. Children and adults need a high fiber breakfast in the morning to give them the energy and nutrients to complete the rest of the day. Even if it is a mad dash to be on time to school, it is essential to take the time to grab a healthy breakfast. Skip the Pop-Tarts and instead stock the kitchen with whole-grain waffles, bananas, yogurt, oatmeal, etc. All of these items can be quickly cooked and eaten on the go to school.
For dinner, involve children in the cooking process. Whether it is simply asking them to choose from a few healthy recipes to giving them tasks to complete in the cooking process, children will be more likely to eat something they have had a hand in.
When it comes to dessert, children should learn about moderation. Instead of allowing children free reign to sweets all of the time, create designated times when sweets are allowed. Whether it is a weekend special or a Wednesday after school treat, having a set time will teach children to choose sweets in moderation.
With all of the technology available to kids today, natural outdoor activity is not so natural anymore. Whereas children used to spend hours outside playing and using their imagination, many times they stay inside to play video games.
Involve children in sports or plan family time to take evening walks, hikes, or bike rides. Go to the park and play baseball, soccer, or spend time on the swing set. Children learn by example, thus spending family time in activity together will teach children how much being active is and will carry on with them as they grow.
Apart from physical health, children need to nurture their emotional health. Children adore their parents and need time with their parents. No matter how busy and hectic life gets, time with children should never be cut short.
Having a healthy environment will teach children how to have healthy, happy life.
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The lovely lady that gave life to you, otherwise known as ‘mom’, took care of you for at least 16 years (and probably still does). She carried you in her belly for around 9 months, and went through all kinds of horrible feelings and sensations in order to get you out into the world. What better reason to treat her to show her you care? You shouldn’t need a reason to treat your mother! Here are 6 gifts to get your message across:
All mom’s love comfy pyjamas. Make sure you know the size she likes by checking the label in some of her current pyjamas, and take yourself down to Peacocks or New look to choose her a shiny new pair. You could even throw in a dressing gown, some slippers, and a hot water bottle to ensure she’s extra cosy. A box of chocolates to enjoy while wearing the pyjamas wouldn’t go amiss either!
A Big Bunch of Flowers
A huge bunch of colourful flowers will definitely put a smile on your mom’s face. How much you spend on the flowers is up to you, as you can find bouquet’s for anything from £2 to £200! If you know what her favourite flower is, treat her to a bouquet. Better yet for those with bigger budgets, why not treat her to a gold rose from goldgenie.com? You could even buy her a new pretty vase to keep her flowers in!
Fancy perfume is usually a real treat for hard working mom’s, so she’ll be overjoyed with a bottle of Chanel, Dior, or something similar. Why not take a look at her current collection and see if she’s running out of one of her faves? Or you could note down the scents that she already owns and ask a perfume counter assistant for advice.
A Charm Bracelet
Charm bracelets from Chamilia and Pandora are very popular with ladies of all ages. If your mom doesn’t have one, why not treat her to a bracelet and charm to start off her collection? Charms are great presents for special occasions, so you won’t be stuck on what to get her for a while.
A Pamper Day
If your budget allows it, you could book your mom a lovely pamper day in at a spa. However, you could even bring the spa home and pamper her from home! Cook her breakfast, give her a pedicure and a facial, and run her a hot bath.
A Makeover Photoshoot
If your mom feels a little down in the dumps, a makeover photoshoot could be just the thing she needs to give her back her confidence. You can usually find great deals on Groupon and Wowcher, so take a look to see if there’s anything there your mom will like. Some moms don’t like fuss, so make sure this will be your mom’s thing before buying.
You don’t need a reason to show your mom you care, so treat her to something nice and make her smile!
For many people the bathroom has become one of the most important rooms in a house. It is seen as being a place to relax rather than just a room where you wash. At the end of a busy day at work, people like to chill out and unwind in their bathroom. If you think it’s time for a new bathroom and want to turn yours into a special place for “me time” then please check out the following helpful tips.
Space is of real importance when it comes to bathrooms in the UK. Therefore, you need to consider whether or not your bathroom is big enough for everything you want and need in it and whether or not toy want to consider extending it or not. It is important to think of all the options as extending your bathroom may involve decreasing the size of a bedroom.
Although increasing the size of your bathroom will increase the overall budget , the fact that the bathroom is a very important room means that you will be able to re-coup the extra money spent when and if you sell your house.
You also need to think carefully about how you use your bathroom at the moment and how you would like to use it after it has been renovated. If at the end of a busy day you love to soak in the tub, you need to factor this in; similarly, if you would prefer to get rid of a bath and replace it with powerful jet sprays and a wet room, this needs to be factored into the overall cost and scope of the project.
You also need to pay close attention as well to the pipe work when you are planning the bathroom. The easiest option is to; if possible, leave your toilet in the same position rather than moving it as it can be an expensive and time consuming job.
Obviously it is a good idea to hire a good designer who will be able to provide you with accurate and very detailed drawings that will help you see how the features of your design look together and will also help you when it comes to choosing the finishing touches.
Another important decision is selecting the style of your bathroom. While you are looking at the different styles, it is worth checking and keeping in mind your home’s water pressure, as some very continental and contemporary style fittings do not suit low water pressure.
When it comes to choosing the materials that you are going to use for your new bathroom, you may be surprised at the many different options open to you. As well as tiles, concrete, Corian and even metal panels are used in bathroom designs nowadays. However, if you opt for a more traditional tile, you will be spoiled for choice and there are also some great tile sealants available too.
It can be a very stressful time when you are not only redecorating, but renovating a room, particularly the bathroom. Hopefully the above information has given you a lot to think about and will help to ease the headache you have from just beginning to research the business.
Pregnancy and labour can be a stressful time, although they can also be happy and joyful. Bringing a new life into the world is something very special, so you’ll probably want to make the labour as stress free as possible if you’re expecting the pitter patter of tiny feet sometime soon. It’s normal to feel scared and apprehensive, but by reading our guide on making your childbirth as stress free as possible, you’ll feel much better about the whole thing and it’ll be over before you know it! Here’s what to do when the big day comes:
Use a TENS Machine
Obstetric Tens machines can be a massive help during childbirth. It’s a natural way of relieving pain, but it can help you a substantial amount when in the throes of labour. They are perfectly safe and can even be used with other pain relief methods! Make sure you get yours from a reputable supplier, and test the Tens machine as soon as you receive it so you don’t get any nasty surprises while in labour.
Do Your Research
The more prepared you are, the better. If you can research and find out everything there is to know about what to expect, you’ll feel much better about the whole process. You should be aware of all of your options, familiar with the environment you plan on giving birth in, and research what is going to happen. Speak to friends and family that have given birth, read books, and use the internet!
Create a Calming Environment
By creating a soothing environment, you’ll feel much calmer when you go into labour. Check to see if your hospital offers an alternative delivery room, as these are sometimes made to look more homely than a traditional delivery room. Take some pictures from home, a portable stereo, and anything else you think will calm you on the day.
Many people are now trying something called hypnobirthing, which helps ladies in labour put themselves into a deep state of relaxation. You can take classes for this, or even try visualisation on your own. Picture happy places, picture a wonderful labour where you hold your baby in your arms, anything that keeps you calm and focused.
Warm water can really offer relief as it eases discomfort and can loosen tense muscles. You can usually find a specially designed tub for labour, but make sure you arrange this kind of birth with your midwife first.
Do The Things That Make You Feel Better
You may have attended birthing classes that taught you ways to calm yourself and help you to feel better, but at the end of the day you need to go with the flow to have a stress free labour. If squeezing a pillow makes you feel better, do it. Some women even find that lying on a cold floor helped!
Women’s bodies are built for childbirth, so you shouldn’t be afraid. Try some of the methods above and you’ll have your newborn baby in your arms before you know it!
The colourful wellies worn by both kids and adults today date back to the 18th Century and the clever Duke of Wellington, who was weary of having his own feet, as well as those of his soldiers, rendered cold and soggy. The Duke, Arthur Wellesley, commissioned his shoemaker to design a new boot from sturdy calfskin, and treated with wax to make it waterproof. This revolutionized the boot industry, and helped keep the soldiers dry to battle another day.
Colourful Wellies are High Fashion
Today, kids’ wellies come in almost every colour in the rainbow as well as a wide range of patterns. Those with a fleece lining are especially warm for walking and playing in the snow. Wellies with a handy drawstring at the top prevent water and mud from getting inside the boots when children stomp around and jump in mud puddles. Many have a strong tread that grips the ground and helps keep people from falling. Not only are wellies practical in wet weather, but they are attractive too, and some even come with matching raincoats and hats. Both children and adults can stay dry and look fashionable at the same time with today’s wellies.
Keeping Tiny Feet Dry and Comfortable
Small children seem to have boundless energy, and want to play outside in any kind of weather. Toddler wellies are ideal for youngsters who are unhappy staying indoors just because the ground is wet. They can run and jump to their hearts’ content, regardless of the wet ground, when wellies are snuggly hugging their tiny feet. Some kids’ wellies come with nifty handles that enable small children to pull the boots on with no assistance from adults. This can give them a sense of self-reliance and independence. Some children can even find wellies that feature their favourite cartoon or literary characters. Wellies are not only practical, but extremely comfortable as well.
Trendy Prints and Designs
There are numerous designs available in kids wellies, from animal prints to neon colours. Many girls are fond of the floral print wellies or others in bright combinations of pinks, reds and purples. Boys often enjoy wellies that look like reptile or dinosaur skins, camouflage designs or wellies with pictures of race cars. Animal prints are popular among both boys and girls. Wellies with leopard or zebra prints and tiger stripes are particular popular with children of all ages. Wellies with lightweight, flexible soles are especially good for toddlers who are just learning to walk, as well as for older children who enjoy hikes over rugged terrain.
Parents do not have to let cold, wet weather keep them trapped in the house with antsy children who are bored and in need of an outlet for their pent up energy. All they have to do is pull on the kids’ wellies, and head outside for an afternoon of running, jumping and skipping over the wet ground. The wellies will keep kids’ feet toasty warm regardless of the snow, ice and water soaking the ground in gardens and parks.
All new mums seem to have issues with losing weight after giving birth to their little baby. Those who don’t could be considered not human! Muscles and skin are stretched during pregnancy, and that’s why it can be so hard to snap back into shape after giving birth. But don’t worry – all hope is not lost! There are plenty of ways you can lose your baby weight, the healthy way:
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It’s so important that you try to lose your baby weight the healthy way. You should never deprive yourself, and make sure that you’re giving your body everything it needs to function – especially if you’re breastfeeding your baby. Obviously being a mum will be your top priority right now, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to get back to your healthy self. You’ll feel much more confident, have more energy for your baby, reduce the risk of anxiety and depression, and feel much better in general.
Obviously, exercise is one big way to lose weight after having your baby. Where you start totally depends on how fit you were before the pregnancy, but you’ll need to be careful and get the go ahead from your doctor before doing so. You’ll then want to build up your exercise program slowly until you’ve improved your endurance and stamina. You could try yoga for exercise that will strengthen your core, and walking is great too.
It’s very important to stay hydrated, especially if you’re breastfeeding. You should be drinking around 2 litres of fluid per day, and this could include tea, coffee, fruit juice, milk, and water. Water is probably the best option however, as it doesn’t have any calories or added ingredients!
Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet
It’s important you eat a healthy, balanced diet. Starving yourself will do your body no good – your metabolism will slow down as your body goes into starvation mode, you’ll be more likely to binge later on, and you won’t have the energy to properly care for your baby. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, lean meat like chicken and turkey, fish, nuts, eggs, sweet potatoes, Greek yogurt, and whole grain bread to watch the baby weight drop off. There are some diet shakes out there that could assist you to burn fat, but stay away from the likes of Slim Fast and Weight watchers as they have rubbish ingredients. Eat healthy, whole, natural food!
Get as Much Sleep As You Can
Sleep plays a big factor in weight loss and how our bodies work, although it’s not always easy to get a quality sleep when you have a new baby. Sleep deprivation has been linked to eating more calories, so try to get 8 hours of sleep per night. Sleep when your baby is sleeping for the best results!
To lose your baby weight the healthy way, it should help you to remember that this isn’t a short term plan. You should be looking at this as a change of lifestyle in order to see great results. Consistency will help you spring back into shape!
There are tons of places one can travel to with the goal of becoming fluent in English and choosing just one can be a bit overwhelming. Choosing Australia as your language-learning destination has a plethora of benefits. Not only is a country full of warm, fun-loving people with plenty of amazing English courses available in various cities, but there also are tons of unique things to see in do in Australia you can’t find anywhere else. From natural wonders to gourmet cuisine, there’s something for everyone in the Land Down Under.
If you’re into art, music, fashion, and the finer things in life there are plenty of exciting attractions waiting for you in Australia. The Australian art scene is a reflection of its eclectic culture. There are several world-class museums in the major cities including the National Gallery in Canberra that holds works from Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, David Hockney, and Lucien Freud. One truly unique aspect of the Australian art scene is the presence of the beautiful and culturally rich Dreamtime art scene created by Australian Aboriginal peoples. Artists such as Gloria Petyarre (along with her other equally talented sisters) are famous worldwide for their unique paintings that reflect important cultural ideals. Much of the Petyarre work has even been reprinted onto highly valuable scarves coveted by the fashionistas from around the globe. Speaking of fashion, while it isn’t as well known as Paris or Milan, Australia has its own Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. And with designers such as Akira Isogawa creating mesmerizing collections year after year it pays to keep an eye on the up-and-coming scene.
If you’re more of the sporting type, Australia is a great place to try out some new games. The famous beaches like the ones of Byron Bay with the warm waters and white sands are perfect for learning how to surf. And you can’t visit Australia with checking out footie—Australian Football which is different from American gridiron and traditional football. Ozzies also inherited a love of cricket from their British colonizers. And if you’re into the international sports scene, the Australian Open is one of the most important tennis tournaments in the world. If you’re less into competition and more into the great outdoors, there’s no lack of adventure. From sailing along the coast to camping in the great outdoors, you’ll find more than you bargained for waiting for you in Australia. The numerous National Parks provide various topographies and climates so you could take a completely different trip once a month and never leave the country. Hiking enthusiasts shouldn’t miss an opportunity to see the natural wonder of Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) or the Blue Mountains of New South Wales.
Next to language, food is the best way to experience a new culture. Exploring some of the exotic dishes of Australian cuisine is a foodie’s dream. Being such an isolated country/continent, much of the food culture is based on what can be produced locally. Along the coast, freshly caught fish and shellfish are unlike anything else in the world. And while they’re sold mostly as novelty, native animals such as emu, kangaroo, and crocodile are available for consumption. Australia’s large immigrant population also means there is a presence of variety in the food scene. From Italian to Korean, you’ll find whatever you’re craving freshly made. Vegetarians and vegans shouldn’t shy away due to their lifestyle choices. There are plenty of options for the meatless and cities such as Nimbin will spoil an herbivore with choices. Of course, wine enthusiasts can note that Australian presence in the market has increased drastically in recent years. A trip to the wine country in Clare Valley is the perfect adventure for your inner sommelier.
If you’re searching for a new living experience like no other while you acquire English, consider Australia as your main destination. Whatever your current interests, Australia has something for you. Plus, there are so many unique Aussie experiences to learn from while you’re on your language-learning journey.
Dani Barrow is a representative of Language Trainers, which provides individually-tailored language training on a one-on-one or small group basis worldwide.
Aired by BBC1 on Monday 13th January, ‘I Want My Baby Back – A panorama Special’, may give us all pause for thought.
As a father and grandfather, I have seen many times, children in my care to become over excited or playing roughly and bouncing off the floor and walls. It is part of everyday play, whether they are cowboys fighting indians, or saving the universe from intergalactic robots, they will sometimes hurt themselves. Only when they get changed, are the bruises revealed. How many of you out there have felt people will think you are abusing your child if they see the bruises? I was a tree climber, a good one. My legs were always black and blue and my mother, on occasion, wondered if people would ponder what went on in our house.
Here in the United Kingdom we have a comprehensive social services system, essential it is too! It is a fact that some children are abused, and they desperately need protection. Our Social Services department though seem to hit the headlines in a big way when they get it wrong.
If any of you out there are going through this dreadful process, it is essential that you consult expert child custody solicitors. You cannot defend yourself in these circumstances.
Panorama addressed several specific cases where children were removed from their families for, what may be considered, as dubious circumstances. At a glance, these cases seem outrageous. ‘There but for the grace of god go I’ is the thought that many parents must feel when learning of these cases.
I fear that the featured family’s stories though, are just a drop in the ocean. For all of the good work they do, Social Services may be making mistakes every day and destroying families. Taking away from parents, their entire reason for living and permanently damaging the child’s feeling of security at home.
Take the case of Amy’s son who had multiple fractures. Taken into care along with his elder sister only to be returned home after several weeks. Were it not for expert representation, Amy’s children would never have been returned to her. She was powerless and railroaded by the system.
Now we need Social Services; they do an essential job. The do help and protect abused children. They are, however, only human, and if they suspect harm even without evidence then they must investigate. Sometimes this can lead to overzealous mistakes.
Then comes what, seems to me, to be a horrible flaw in the system; time. From an outsider’s point of view, it makes my blood boil. The time it takes to get a simple decision. Waiting another week to speak to someone. Another assessment that can’t be carried out until next month. All the time more harm is being done. It is quite shameful. All the stops should be pulled to find out whether that child is genuinely at risk as quickly as is humanly possible, not so it fits in with the directors diary. If mistakes have been made by the social worker, or abuse disproved, get that child home where they belong without delay.
Maybe it is time that the whole system is looked at again. Yes, remove a child if abuse is suspected, of course it is the right thing to do. Then, in that child’s interests, keep the parents informed and represented from day one. Set the machine swiftly in motion and give these cases the urgency that the children need. Provide the parents with a valid avenue of appeal to go down when they know they are innocent.
Panorama has shown that for some of us, the citizens of this country, the system is faulty. Thank heavens for the people who go to court in defense of such miscarriages.
This may be a simplistic view as I am an outsider but then again, most of us in this country are outsiders. So the director of Social Services would do well to cut short that business lunch and get back to work, before the British people hold him/her to account. This simply cannot go on any longer.