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How to (Really) Get Your Toddler to Sleep

Let your little one sleep with the easy tips I'll give you!

How to Make a Mosaic Heart Box

Making a heart box is easy! Check out how you can make one.

Dads Don't Just Wear Ties

Dads play a vital role for child development. Find out how so you'll get to love your Dad even more!

Earth Needs Moms

We love our moms but let us find out what they can really do for us and why Earth needs moms.

20 DIY Loom Bands Bracelet + 15 Creative Ideas

Still can't move on from the loom band craze? Get some more ideas here.

DIY Foodie: Sleepy Bear Breakfast

Your kids will be very excited for breakfast if you serve the simple egg and rice in a creative manner like this!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Finding a Reliable Locksmith Service in Emergency Situation!

There are times when doors in our homes are locked and we do not know what to do in order to open it. Worse, our kids might be locked inside! What should we do? You can get help from a locksmith service who can respond at once during emergency situations. Here is a guest post from Joseph Webb that will surely be helpful for us parents.

Finding a Reliable Locksmith Service

Like any other professional service like plumbing or electrical, you can take your time to find a locksmith. Whether you have to get your locks replaced or install a new one, you have time to research well to find some professional locksmith services. Imagine being locked out of your own house. How will one manage to find such services during an emergency? In this case, you can call some emergency locksmith service that offer 24x7 emergency services only. They will arrive at your location and replace the lock or rescue you from the locked room.


#5 Tips to Find the Professionally Trained Locksmith Services:

1. Call your Friends:

Before you actually panic and feel all over the place, calm down and call your friends or colleagues. Chances are they might know a decent locksmith service. The best part is you will find the one who is located close to your location. Else, it is better to stop panic, and search for some locksmith services on your mobile instantly. Then call them directly and they will come and rescue you from the locked room within few minutes.

2. Local Locksmith Service:

Will you be interested in stranded outside your home for hours? Hence, you need to find local services. When you go online, you will find ample advertisements that are region specific locksmith services. But, when you call at the service center, it is the customer care you will be dealing with. You can ask them about their location and the estimated time that they need to arrive at your location. Then you can hire them accordingly. It is better to search for these local locksmith services previously, and save their number in your phonebook for any emergency issues.

3. Quick Review:

During an emergency, you will not have the time to call up the references and know if the locksmith service provider was actually good or not. What one can do is type ‘review’ or ‘complaint’ along with the legal business name. There are ample online sites that allow people to put product or service reviews and rate them. It will give you a quick and sure idea whether the service provider is worth hiring or not. Through your reviews, people will get to know about the respective company. Apart from that, locksmith services also provide you better performance when they get to know that you are going to post online review for their company.

Reliable-Locksmith Service

4. Prices:

When you are on the internet, you will find ample services and certainly, you will check for the quotes first. Learn about their service and transportation charges. In case the lock brakes you might need a replacement. So, it is better to talk to them and ask for the quote for your work. Then if your budget permits then you can replace the old lock, else you can get it repaired by hiring these locksmith services at a lower cost.

5. Identity Proof and Invoice:

The first thing you need to check for in the executive is the identity proof. Do not take any risk, as there might be a fraudster who might easily get an access to the home. You can always call up the service provider to know if they have sent the technician.

These pointers will get you a reliable service to get you out of the emergency. However, you need to get the locks changed. There is no way you will want someone else to have access to your home. No matter how reliable service provider you hire during such situation, you should get the locks changed for your safety.



About the Writer

This post is written by Joseph Webb. Joseph is an excellent blogger and philosophers, His keen observation to provide useful information which helps readers to get more ideas. He can be found on Google+ and on Twitter as @aussiesmag.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

10 Home Cleaning Hacks for Busy People

All kinds of homes require cleaning to function well—high-rise condos, modest apartment, or even designer prefab homes. Unfortunately, the hustle and bustle of daily life can take time away from cleaning. But don’t let work and lifestyle get away from your cleaning tasks. When life gets busy, apply these ten cleaning hacks to have spic and span rooms in a breeze.

10 Home Cleaning Hacks for Busy People

1. Clean the insides of blenders by blending soap and water

Shakes and smoothies are a sweet treat you can take any day. All’s good and well until you have to clean your blenders with sharp blades, which make the insides hard to clean.

Cleaning hack: Blend soap and water, push the button, and you’re done!

2. Disinfect objects through boiling

Most disinfectants tend to be costly and have some chemical propositions that may be hazardous to your health. Disinfecting through boiling and hot water, on the other hand, is an effective and cheap way to kill germs and avoid spreading of diseases.

Cleaning Hacks boiling

Cleaning hack: Wash and soak objects (toys, sheets, clothes, appliances) in hot water and soap. Be wary of some plastics, though, as it may melt under the heat.

3. Do a 15-minute clean up before going to bed

Dreaming of a peaceful and a good night sleep? Make 15-minute cleaning before bed a daily habit for you, your family, or your roommates. The feeling of getting everything done before going to bed is a satisfying feat. Through this, you can face the next day with no worries and dirt troubles.

Cleaning hack: Set a 15-minute timer and assign a room to clean up before going to bed. Cheers to good mornings!

4. Place a shoe rack by the door

Having footwear all over the place, especially when you have celebrations or any form of gathering can cause dirt to lie around and be a visitor in your floors as well.

Cleaning hack: Put shoe racks or closets near the door, so your visitors can easily store their shoes and keep the floors clean.

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5. Put microfiber cloths in easy to reach places for easy dusting

Microfiber cloths are cleaning wonders for when you need to dust away. Simply wiping will just leave the dust to settle to other places, and will add more cleaning time.

Cleaning hack: When in need of dusting, make sure to have a microfiber cloth nearby. Avoid wiping on greasy and oily materials, as it may damage the cloth and be less sufficient.

6. Mix lemon and baking soda to clean countertops

When lemon and baking soda combine, you can be sure that your surfaces will be clean in just a wipe. These two are cleaning charms and have been tried and tested already by a lot of people when it comes to cleaning. It’s safe, natural, and have few coarse chemicals to worry about.

Cleaning hack: Clean and wipe countertops and surfaces by mixing lemon juice and baking soda.

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7. Use liquid shower gels to remove bathroom grout

Bathroom grout is one of the toughest stains you’ll have to clean and encounter. You may be squeaky clean after every refreshing bath, but your bathroom won’t be as clean as you.

To counter the grout, here’s a neat trick: use shower gels instead of bath soaps. The oils found in soap can cause grout, while shower gels have specially formulated ingredients.

Cleaning hack: Use shower gels instead of bath soap when bathing. Scrub the excess residue on the bathroom floor to clean grout.

8. Prevent rusting with petroleum jelly

It’s inevitable that metal objects will rust over time. To ensure that such objects can stand the test of time, apply a thin coat of petroleum jelly to avoid rusting and be usable for a long time.

Cleaning hack: Dab petroleum jelly on certain tools, metal objects, and furniture to prevent rusting.



Cleaning Hacks Rust

9. Clean spilled glitter with clay or tape

What glitters is not usually gold, as glitters could spill on your floor and be a challenging task to clean up. No worries, though, because clay and scotch tape are here to save your day. Just place either of these two materials, and the glitter will stick to it like glue.

Cleaning hack: Pick up spilled glitter with clay or scotch tape.

10. Make salt as an alternative stain remover

Apart from delicious cooking, salt is also a great factor when removing stains and for home cleaning. Different kinds of salts (e.g. iodized, coarse) can be matched with other elements like lemon and vinegar to get the job done right.

Cleaning hack: Add salt to a mixture of water for stain removal. Its natural components can be your ally in home cleaning.

In all honesty, cleaning is both a refreshing and an enlightening experience. Nothing beats the feeling of a newly-cleaned and decluttered room where you can see spaces that weren’t freed up before.

Yes, the task might be grueling and tiring, but if you’ll look around the corner, cleaning comes with a lot of benefits. With these hacks, you can wipe your way to a cleaner home with little to no costs in no time.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Win An Asus Zenfone 2! Open Worldwide!

GearBest is teaming up with Giveaway Monkey to giveaway one Asus ZenFone 2 smartphone device to one lucky person.

Asus ZenFone 2 International Giveaway

GearBest is one of the go-to online shopping websites for those who are looking to buy tech gadgets. They are popular with online shoppers internationally because of their ability to ship anywhere worldwide plus their very competitive prices. 

Right now, GearBest is celebrating their 3rd Year Anniversary - that's 3 years of being one of the best online gadget stores. And to celebrate, they are offering HUGE promos that you can see here (up to 70% off in gadgets) and giving away one smartphone below!

One winner will get ASUS ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) 4G Phablet in winner's choice of color. Asus ZenFone 2 is an amazing smartphone with 1080p screen, generous storage options, 13mp camera, and solid performance.

Use the rafflecopter form below to earn your chances. There are tons of options to choose from to gain entries. The more entries, the more chances of winning. This giveaway will close on April 1, 2017, and is open to 18+ worldwide. Good luck!
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Celebrate! Bed Time And Meal Time Book Review: How Kids Can Learn From Daily Routines

Our children are aware that there are certain routines that they need to do within a day from waking up in the morning to sleeping in the evening. Of course, let us not forget the meals in between or even playtime. 

The things that our kids do vary depending on their age. It would be a lot different if they already go to school. As parents, we make sure that their daily routine won't be a mere routine after all. We want them to learn new things every day even during bedtime and mealtime.

Real MVP Kids books

We can do this by reading them a book before bedtime and sharing to them some stories while having a meal. This way, we are teaching them that even sleeping and eating can be a good time to celebrate.

One tool that parents can use in teaching the children is the Celebrate! Bed Time and the Celebrate! Meal Time books from Real MVP Kids. These books are specially designed for our little ones. They have stunning colors and cartoon designs that our kids will surely love. But that's not all. What is more important is the lessons that our kids can get from them.

Celebrate! Bed Time: Learning New Languages

 Bedtime isn't merely a way to end the day and get some sleep. Parents can take this opportunity to create memories and establish more bond with the children. In my case, I always read stories to my daughter Bella before she goes to sleep. But before I read her stories, I ask her how her day was and what happened in school.

Celebrate! Bed Time book review

Although we talk about this when she gets home, she feels more relaxed in sharing while lying down on the bed. After we talk, it's time for bedtime stories. She gets to choose which story she wants. When we are done reading, we talk about the things she learned from the story.

The Celebrate! Bed Time book is a good way to teach new languages because it shows how people around the globe says "Good Night." While Bella was entertained knowing that she can actually say Good Night in different ways, I was also learning. Lol. 



Celebrate! Bed Time

The book also teaches the children how to get ready for bed. This includes keeping their toys and cleaning their mess. And of course, one also needs to brush teeth, clean up and put on pajamas. This is also a routine that the kids should know.

So when it is time for bed, give your kids enough time to prepare. You have let them know that in 15 minutes, they will be going to bed already. This way, they are aware what to do next. There are also useful tips from the "Helpful Teaching Tips" portion of the book which is intended for the parents.

Celebrate! Meal Time: Learn The Value Of Helping And Family Bonding

Apart from eating healthy food, we should also teach our kids about the different ways they can help in preparing meals. Though they do not need to hold the knife and light up the oven, we can teach them to arrange the placemats on the table as well as the utensils. We also need to remind them to be careful all the time.

Celebrate! Meal Time book review

Bella is happy whenever I allow her to set the table. She also wants to help in cooking. Hence, I let her do the easier tasks like mixing or pouring water and others. This way, I'm not just making her happy but she is also learning something new. Once the children are involved in some chores, they will feel that they have contributed something and they will also be able to appreciate your efforts in doing these chores especially if they find it hard.

The Celebrate! Meal Time book teaches children the value of a healthy meal and how kids can help their parents in preparing for it. It also reminds kids to observe good manners and proper mealtime etiquette. 

One very important thing that I teach Bella is to always pray before eating to thank God for the food that we have on the table. And she does it all the time before eating. If you teach this to your kids at an early age, they will be able to bring that with that with them even when they are already adults and have kids of their own.

Eating meals together as a family is very important. This is one moment wherein you can talk about what happened in school or at work. Kids who eat meals with the family builds a better family bond with the parents and the siblings. Parents will also be able to monitor if their kids are eating well or not.

Celebrate! Meal Time

So if you are not eating meals together as a family, you can still do that. Remember that once you show your kids the importance of a family, they will feel more loved and will grow up to be a better person. And you can show this to them during meal time ande even during bedtime too!

For sure you would love to have your own copy of the Celebrate! Bed Time and Celebrate! Meal Time books. You can pre-order through their Kickstarter page or you can also support their book through that.


There are eight Celebrate! books from Real MVP Kids. Look forward to my review of Celebrate! Going to the Doctor and Celebrate! Going to the Dentist!

Also read my review of the Celebrate! Our Differences book which you can use in teaching your kids about how to love and care for others even if they are different.




Redecorating Your Child’s Bedroom This Spring: Give It a Creative Look Without Spending Much

Spring is that time of the year when we can afford to spruce up, re-organize, clean up and give our homes a fresh, new vibe. But it’s not enough to repaint the living room and replace kitchen cabinets. You child’s room is just as important. 

Let’s not forget that kids grow really fast; they may love their toys now, but 1 year from now they might have an interest in reading books, for example. This means that instead of buying them stuffed bunnies, your beloved toddlers might want a bookcase in their rooms, or maybe a desk. Regardless, it’s best to have priorities, and the following ideas should make redecorating your child’s bedroom a lot easier and stress-free.

Redecorating Your Child’s Bedroom This Spring

Repainting the walls

One of the most convenient ways to revamp your child’s room is with paint. A fresh coat of paint doesn’t cost much, meaning that you can completely change their spaces without breaking the bank. Allow your kid to choose a paint color; they have more than one favorite color, that’s fine too because with more nuances you can craft original drawings, and really make your child’s room look out of this world.

New furniture items

It’s nice to change things around your kids’ room every now and then. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to invest a lot of money in replacing everything. Since it’s springtime, you might want to change those black curtains with lighter nuances; allow as much natural light as possible to enter the room, and place flower pots by the window to convey a sense of freshness and bloom. In terms of other items, you can change, we should also mention the desk chair, the posters on the walls, and the area by the window; which you can use to transform into a reading nook.

Redecorating Your Child’s Bedroom This Spring

Restore old furniture pieces

Restoring old furniture pieces is yet another great way of revamping your child’s room without overspending. Wooden desks, for example, can be sanded and painted in a brighter, more upbeat color. The armchairs can be restored as well. Consider new covers in livelier nuances, and add new throw pillows to fill up the empty spaces and create the illusion of a more compact bedroom. 

Think outside the box and use your imagination to make the space as kid-friendly as possible. For instance, you can add bright stars on the ceiling, or cover one wall in a huge wallpaper. Get your inspiration from your child’s favorite cartoons, comic books, or colors, and create some awesome together.

Accessorize

Accessorizing is one of the most convenient ways of redecorating a child’s room. However, you shouldn’t go overboard with the décor. Keep things simple and neat. Most kids are disorganized, meaning that the best accessories for them are shelves and storage spaces. Invest in cute boxes where you can place toys, magazines and books. This way their room will no longer look like a war zone when you walk in to clean up.

Child’s Bedroom

Revamp the bed

Kids should sleep in comfortable, clean, and eco-friendly beds. It’s very important for parents to make sure the bed of their little ones is safe; and by safe we mean baby cot mattress, cotton linens, quality covers and blankets, and ultimately, high-end pillows. Since we live in a world of heavy pollution and chemicals, it’s only natural to want our kids to sleep in the cleanest possible environment. 

When it comes to their beds, no parent should make compromises. Synthetic linens and low-quality mattresses may lead to the formation of all kinds of allergies and skin conditions. In the summer, if the bed is not properly ventilated, your child may develop sleeping issues at a very young age. To make sure that doesn’t happen, choose to make a sensible investment; it will be worth the effort in the future.

Redecorating Your Child’s Bedroom

When it comes to home décor, there’s a lot one can do to change the way their homes look like. And the good news is you won’t even have to spend a fortune to make the rooms of your house look fabulous. As far as your child’s room in concerned, the key to making it look outstanding is all about putting your creativity to good use.

Image source: MAZZALIARMADI.IT, kobiz7, BettaLivingUK

Disclosure: This is a guest post. All text are provided by the contributor.

Are My Belongings in a Self Storage Locker Covered By Insurance?

The self-storage industry is expected to be one of the fastest growing industries in Australia and New Zealand this year. There are currently 20 confirmed new self-storage projects being constructed, up 6% from the previous year. But sad to say, this isn't available in all countries. 

With this huge influx of new storage facilities, many of you may be considering storing your unused items to free up space in your home. Before you store your family heirlooms there are a few insurance questions you should consider: am I covered by my current homeowners insurance, does insurance cover everything in the unit, and does the insurance cover damages and theft? To learn more about your self-storage options click here.

One of the first questions many people have regarding self-storage is: will my locker be covered by the storage facilities insurance? No, but the storage facility may offer to sell you insurance for an additional fee. The storage facilities insurance will only cover the damages to the building, not the contents in the storage units.

Self Storage Locker

However, your current homeowners insurance may cover your belongings at a second location, so do not feel pressured to buy the insurance from the storage company. Many insurance companies have a policy to cover 10% of your total property limit, so if your plan covered $100,000, your storage locker would be covered up to $10,000. Before you buy self-storage insurance be sure to call your insurance agent and see if you are already covered under your current plan.

The most important thing when buying storage insurance is to know what items the insurance covers, and which disasters it fully covers. Certain policies will not cover valuable items in a storage facility, such as art, jewelry, documents, furs, and expensive antiques.

It is extremely important to notify your insurance agent if you will be storing any of these items, or similar possessions. If your homeowners insurance does not cover certain belongings, you may still be able to purchase insurance for that specific object. Most insurance policies will cover nearly all natural disasters. The major damages not covered by insurance companies are flooding, mold, and rodent infestation.

Self Storage Locker

Make sure you know if your policy covers theft, and what the process may look like if your locker is broken into. There was an incident in San Francisco, California where a storage locker was robbed and a family lost thousands of dollars in possessions. The family ultimately was not covered despite filing a police report and having proper documentation to show what exactly was missing from the locker, because they could not provide evidence that a lock had been broken to gain entrance into the unit.

This problem could have been an easy fix if they had chosen a locker near a video camera. If you are storing expensive items at a facility, then you should demand the added protection and have your unit in a part of the building under constant video surveillance.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Thirsties Natural One Size All In One Diaper Giveaway!

Thirsties Natural One Size All In One Diaper is super trim and extremely absorbent with 11 layers of natural fibers. Thirsties is known for their quality of cloth diapers along with their amazing business ethics and their never ending goal to be as green as possible. Read my full review and check out Thirsties website.



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Monday, March 6, 2017

Hello Kitty Bedroom Designs Every Girl Wants To Own

I don't know what's with Hello Kitty that she appeals a lot to young girls and even teenagers. Actually, even moms like me still like anything with Hello Kitty. I used to have many Hello Kitty stuffs as well and I always dreamed of having my very own Hello Kitty bedroom.

Well, I think this is something that many girls want even up to the present generation. My little girl, Bella, loves anything Hello Kitty as well. There is just something about this girly cat that makes everyone fall in love with her. So, if you are looking for Hello Kitty bedroom designs to use as inspiration for your child's bedroom, we have collated some for you. Aside from that, we also added some links where you could purchase some HK items that you can use for the bedroom.

Hello Kitty Bedroom Designs

Here are some bedroom design inspirations with a Hello Kitty theme that is perfect for little girls, a nursery or even for a teenage girl's bedroom.

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But of course, there's more. Take a look at the video below to get more inspiration:




Hello Kitty Bedroom Items

Now if you are ready to design your own Hello Kitty themed bedrooms, here are some of the things that you would need:

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1. Delta Children Plastic Toddler Bed
2. Hello Kitty 3D Toddler Bed - Pink
3. Hello Kitty 4-piece Toddler Bedding Set
4. Hello Kitty Flower Girls Twin Comforter & Sheet Set (4 Piece Bed In A Bag)
5. Belles Maison kids Duvet cover set 100% cotton Hello Kitty pattern Pink Childrens bedding,3 Piece,Queen Size-
6. CASA 100% Cotton Brushed Kids bedding Hello Kitty Duvet Cover Set & Fitted Sheet,4 Piece,Queen
7. Hello Kitty Bedroom In a Box
8. Hello Kitty Pink Leopard Duvet Cover Set 
9. Sanrio Hello Kitty Sweetheart 4 Piece Toddler Bec Set

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1. Hello Kitty Face Soft Pillowcase Pink
2. Marshmallow Furniture, Flip Open Sofa, Hello Kitty
3. Delta Children Club Chair, Hello Kitty
4. ROOMMATES RMK1678SCS Hello Kitty The World of Hello Kitty Peel and Stick Wall Decals-
5. Hello Kitty KT2053 A AM/FM Stereo Alarm Clock Radio with Top Loading CD Player, 6 inch Red LED Display with Dimmer
6. Hello Kitty curtains, Hello Kitty Multi-Bin Toy OrganizerHello Kitty Stars and Rainbows 4-piece Toddler Bedding Set, and Sanrio Hello Kitty Figural Toddler Bean Bag Sofa Chair

Adorable, right? These are very lovely indeed! And it is nice that you can get so many lovely Hello Kitty items that you can put together for a bedroom. 

Did you like this list? Share it to your friends so they can get ideas too! You can also check out other Little Luxuries round-ups I made before. These are items that could be considered a treasure by our children.

Image credits: Haus.O, Architecture Art Designs, Rilane



Disclosure: Affiliate links included in the above post.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

How to Write a Will When You Have Children

No one wants to leave the family, especially the kids. But sometimes, there are unexpected circumstances that happen which usually occur in the most unexpected time. That is why it is practical to prepare everything before anything happens to us parents. Like getting an insurance and even writing a will. Today's guest post is from my friend Sally who have contributed many other amazing articles to the blog. In this article, she will discuss how to write a will.

How to Write a Will When You Have Children

Although people typically do not enjoy thinking about their death, it is an important fact of life that must be addressed at some point. Unfortunately, you have no way of knowing when your time will end. Preparing for the future and ensuring that your children are taken care of is an important step that parents should take into consideration as soon as possible. Here are some steps on how to write a will when you have children.


1. Will preparation includes making important decisions first. You want to make the best decision regarding your children. Deciding who will receive what can mean the difference between siblings bonding forever or never speaking again. Talking with your children when they are of age to understand is a good step toward attaining the goal you want to achieve. You should also speak with your spouse or other parent (if you aren't married), and let them know what your last wishes will be.

2. Know the laws for your state. Understanding the laws can help you prepare your will to the best of your ability. There are two types of categories that states fall under regarding property. Community property means that your spouse owns half of any property you accumulated while married. You cannot legally leave that part of the property to your children because you legally don't own their half.

Common law property means that you own any property that has your name only on the deed, contract or any other paperwork. This means that you can leave this property to anyone you choose in the event of your death. An experienced attorney can help you understand the laws and what category your state falls under.

3. Consider a family trust. A family trust is a good way to help avoid probate after you have gone. Money is saved on estate and inheritance taxes, and a trust allows control over assets.


How to Write a Will When You Have Children

4. Choose an executor to handle your affairs. An executor is someone you appoint who will handle your affairs for you in the event you become ill and aren't able to. They should know about the will and what your plans are for your children. Make sure this is someone you can trust completely as you are giving them control over some of the most important factors in your life.

5. Choose a guardian for the children. This is one of the most important steps you will take. Choosing the person who will care for and raise your children in case you pass before they are grown is a hard decision to make. You want someone who will raise them as you would and give them all of the love and support they deserve. Choose carefully and discuss your plans thoroughly with them.

6. You can learn how to write your own will. When you are ready, you should find a quiet place to make your will. You will need two witnesses to watch and state that you were of sound mind when you made out your will. You should state on the will that you are of sound mind and mentally capable. Also, list important factors identifying yourself like your name, social security number and address. State that this is your last will and that these are your last wishes made without undue influence or duress. Basically, you are stating that no one is forcing you to make these decisions.

You should also include specific details about your family. For instance, state who you are married to and who your children are. You can state that you reside together at your residence and give the address. Be as specific as possible on every part of your will so that there are no arguments or disagreements when the time comes. When you are finished, you will sign the will in front of your two witnesses.

7. Document everything that you can. Anything that comes up involving your family or will should be documented and kept in a safe place together with all other documents. A bank safe deposit would be a good place to store this important information. Make sure that your executor knows where everything is and how to access the information if needed.

How to Write a Will When You Have Children


Overall

Creating a will for your children is one of the most important things you can do for them. You want to ensure that the process is done properly so that they aren't left with a mountain of problems like a family member contesting a will after your passing. Preparing a will can be stressful if you don't understand the laws and how to prepare it properly. An attorney knowledgeable in wills and estate planning can help guide you in the right direction.



About the Writer

This post is written by Sally is a working woman and a mother of 2 kids (currently 10 and 8), living in a suburb of Brisbane. As mom, she learn so much about providing healthier and happier lifestyle for her kids. You can find more of her articles being featured on www.mouthsofmums.com.au.

Images provided by Sally.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Celebrate! Our Differences Book Review: Learning To Accept And Love Others

In my daughter's school, she is exposed to different kinds of people. Apart from the varying personalities of the kids in their classrooms, there are also pupils in the school campus who are not Filipinos and some have special needs. Because of this, seeing people of various conditions and race isn't new to her. As a matter of fact, she is amazed at the idea of "difference" and she learned to embrace it.

Celebrate! Our Differences

I taught her to be good and kind to everyone no matter what their color is and even if he or she has a disability. My 5-year-old daughter Bella is very compassionate, so instead of laughing at other kids, she would say hello and start a conversation. It is nice that she was able to build up this kind of perspective while still young.

No wonder she was beaming with joy when she saw the Celebrate! Our Differences book. Looking at the cover, she observed that each child is different but they are happy being together. She was so excited to read it. I am also proud that at an early age, she could already read lengthy books and comprehend the lessons from it. Because of that, I am sure that she will learn tons of good things from the Celebrate! series of Real MVP Kids.

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The Celebrate! Our Differences book teaches our kids how to treat other children whom they think are different. It shows us that we should love each other no matter what. This is indeed an important lesson especially these days when issues of racism and discrimination are being raised even on social media. It is necessary that they are aware of this issue and they know how to address it.

But it doesn't just talk about differences. It also shows that even if another kid speaks a different language, he can still be a playmate and a friend. It teaches kids that they can play music and make artistic drawings with those who have special needs. It clearly showcases the value of accepting and loving others no matter who they are, where they came from and what they look like.



Celebrate! Our Differences book reviewThis book was Bella's bedtime story last night even if she is already done reading it. After reading the story, I asked her how she should treat kids of different races, those who are in wheelchairs or those who are deaf. She said that we should not point and laugh at them. We should say "Hi, how are you? What's your name?" She even added that she would ask,"Can we be friends?"

Another good thing about the Celebrate! Our Differences book is the Helpful Teaching Tips part wherein parents are given a guide on how to use the book in inculcating positive things to the children. I like the part wherein the difference of judgment and observation was pointed it. It is indeed something I never thought of. But it is really nice to say someone is different than say that someone is ugly, right?
Learning To Accept And Love Others
You can teach all these to your kids using the Celebrate! Our Differences book. For sure, you will like this book for your children. Apart from the lessons the kids can learn from it, it comes with colorful illustrations and it is nicely written too! Your kids will also get a good grasp of each page because this is a board book, which appeals to kids.

With that, I am sure that my 3-month old son, Quiel will still be able to read this book. And yes, this could also be a perfect bedtime storybook for him when he grows a little older. 

So, if you also want your children to get a copy of this book, go ahead and support Real MVP Kids in their Kickstarter campaign. This is a perfect book to teach your kids about diversity.

Aside from this book, there are still seven other lovely books from Real MVP Kids which I will also review. Come back for my review of the second book, Celebrate! Bed Time.



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Saturday, February 18, 2017

LUZVIMIN Schools win at the 2017 Ajinomoto Umami Culinary Challenge

Over 300 aspiring chefs from 52 schools and universities competed in the 2017 Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) at the Philippine Trade and Training Center (Manila). This event was the culmination of the national roadshow that began last August 2016 in Cagayan de Oro and October 2016 at Cebu City.

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UCC Judges composed of Culinary and Nutrition experts scrutinize entries

Monday, February 13, 2017

5 Things To Do With Your Partner This Valentine's Day

What Are You Doing On The Day Of Love?

The season of love is about to come! Being in love is the most beautiful feeling in this world, agreed? But don’t you think, like any other occasion, Valentine's Day celebration has become very repetitive over the years? With the same old lovey dovey stuff, there are no variations left. We all know variety is the spice of life and especially in relationships. So, for all the people who are in love and are looking for ideas, here are 5 Things to do with your partner this valentine's day. It's time to spice things up.

You can do so much for your sweetheart rather than follow others footsteps! Like with cheap air tickets, you can even fly to an exotic destination or spend time doing what your partner loves. These ideas will bring you and your partner feel closer, happier and more passionate. After all, love should never be ordinary! Go for it, be different and line up some mysterious surprises for your loved one on this valentine’s day.

Candle Light Dinner With A Twist

Candle Light Dinner

Imagine you and your partner having candle light dinner? Nothing new in this right? Well, you can bring some uniqueness to this idea. How? Don’t take your partner to a restaurant, instead go to a houseboat, bank of a river or a beach and organize a candlelight dinner there! Trust us; it won’t cost you much, and you can easily arrange this for your partner.


Plan A Surprise Vacation

Plan A Surprise Vacation
This valentine’s day, make memories all over the world. The best thing about traveling with your partner is that you get to learn so many new things. It's a proven fact, taking a trip will connect you with your loved one in a way you never thought would be possible. While you travel, you experience many beautiful things together; that is going to be just between you two. So don’t think much and just travel!

Be A Tourist In Your Own City

Be A Tourist In Your Own City

No time to travel outside? Don’t worry! Why don’t you become a tourist in your own city? Admit it; you haven't covered all the places of your city yet? And even if you have even seen them all, don’t you want to see them again with your love? This is the right time, take your partner and rejoice all those memories all over again.

Be Adventurous Together

Be Adventurous Together
Love is the greatest adventure in itself! But on this valentine's day, bring out the adventurous side of you and take your significant other for fun-filled activities on the day of love. Sounds fun, right? From camping, hiking to water activities, go crazy and opt for things you haven’t done before. This will surely bring you closer.

Do What Your Partner Loves

Do What Your Partner Loves

Have you ever thought how happy you could make your partner by doing things they love? For a day, help your partner to cook his/her favorite dish, watch movies, go for a walk in the park or dance your heart out. Don’t hold yourself back; it is a perfect opportunity to bring a smile on that face by doing things your partner loves? Go surprise your sweetheart!

How did you like the ideas, 5 Things to do with your partner this Valentine's day? Nice know? So what are you waiting for? On the day of love, plan something extra special for your loved one. Put some of your fresh energy and make this valentine's day a memorable time for both of you. Do make the day exceptionally good for your beloved! As we already said ‘love should never be ordinary.' Go crazy. Happy Valentine's Day. Keep spreading the love!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sewing, Crafting, Painting and Quilting: Turning Your Backyard Shed Into a Creative Cottage

Some hobbies take up a lot of space, like sewing, painting, and quilting. If you live in a small space, finding room to practice your favorite craft can be tricky. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a craft space of your own? Imagine having a whole room dedicated to crafting. How about converting your backyard shed into a creative space? Here are some ideas to help you.


Backyard Shed Into a Creative Cottage

Fix Up The Outside

Give your backyard shed a new lease of life with a coat of weather-proof paint. Since it’s going to be a space that inspires creative endeavors, why not paint it a bright, eye-catching color, like teal or lime green. Paint the door and trim in a brightly contrasting color. Put up a few window boxes and plant trailing flowers like nasturtiums and intermingle with sweet smelling herbs like mint, rosemary, and lavender.

Paint The Inside

If the interior walls of your shed are made from particle board there’s no need to drywall, you can simply paint them. The important thing to know is that particle board will suck up gallons of paint. To prevent this from happening, the best thing to do is add a coat with a particle board primer.
Backyard Shed Into a Creative Cottage

Cover The Floor

One of the easiest and most cost effective floor coverings for your craft cottage is stick-on vinyl floor tiles. They come in a great range of colors, they are easy to cut to fit your space and they are easy to keep clean. Adding a floor rug will help keep the place warm and will add a touch of comfort.

Light It Up

You’re definitely going to need good lighting, especially if you’re doing fine needlework. Your shed may not offer a great deal of natural light. If this is the case, you could consider replacing the windows for bigger ones, to let in more light. This may not be feasible and you will still need artificial light anyway for those times when you’re crafting late into the evening. Consider lighting the space with daylight bulbs. Heated lights are also good for the chilly months. Look at this website for some ideas about lighting.

Backyard Shed Into a Creative Cottage

Create your Crafty Environment

Now it’s time for the fun part. First, think crafting tables. You need a large surface to craft on and you will need to position it in the best lit area of the shed. Next, think storage, you’re going to need plenty of shelving for all your craft supplies and equipment. Use baskets and colored boxes to keep all your things in order. A great space-saving storage idea is pegboard. This will allow you to hang tools, scissors, and brushes as well as spools of ribbon and craft tape.

And there you have it. You have your own craft space, now you’re ready to begin creating wonderful works of art. Your new creative cottage is bound to inspire many creative adventures for years to come.

About the Author: Ethan Cameron has always been supportive of his wife, but her crafting business being run from the kitchen table was becoming a bit too much to handle - So he built her a dedicated craft studio in their back garden!

Image Credit: 1. Pixabay 2. Wyndham Design 3. Sarah Greenman