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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!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Dads Just Don’t Get It

I’m sure all the mommies out there can definitely relate to this. Dads just don’t get it when it comes to taking care of the kids. But of course, we don't generalize. There are still some Dads who are great babysitters.

I have seen what hilarious things Dads can actually do to the kids when they are left home with them. And this made me ask myself, what would happen if hubby will take care of the kids for a day?

I actually think that letting my hubby take care of our kids will be a disaster. I assume that when I come back after outing with my friends, I would lose all my senses just by the sight of a messed up house and the condition that both were in. Apparently, it would be funny but it is also something that should be taken seriously.  For sure, moms who are in situations like this think that her husband is from a totally different world from hers that you just can’t gel along when it comes to parenting.

Dads Just Don’t Get It


If you're a mom then, well, you might want to check to make sure your husband isn't drawing eyebrows on the baby or sizing it up for a watermelon helmet. Many dads have indeed expressed their creativity while taking care of the kids, but what about the mess?

Well, there is nothing that we could really do about it other than run into their reasoning and give some of my advice to them and of course, they had to clean up all the mess that they had created and our job was to guide them to avoid another mess. While they are busy cleaning up the mess, I might switch to play a quick game of online bingo to relax. If you think playing this game will also be a nice way to relax for you, you can try visiting Dotty Bingo.

But of course, there are also other ways to de-stress after all the mess Dad and the kids did to the house. Well for most moms, it would be easier to clean the mess themselves to avoid further trouble.

Nevertheless, at the end of the day, situations like this will surely cheer us up and would give us all a good laugh. Here is a video compilation of the difference between how moms take care of the kids and how dads might do it.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Various Types of Kitchen Bench Tops Available

If you are in the process to plan a design of your new home or are even renovating your existing one, make sure to give enough time with a lot of effort to the kitchen bench top.

Various Types of Kitchen Bench Tops Available


This tends to be a prominent feature that is required for the preparation of meals. You can think of the bench top as a focal point of your kitchen. There are multiple types, styles, and designs besides the materials that are available for these bench tops. As said there are different materials to choose from, out of which some are listed below.


7 Types of Kitchen Bench Tops

1.Timber.

Using timber for a kitchen bench top can add a country side charm to the whole setup. If paired with marble, they can give the perfect look. Using timber, you need to be aware that this is not resistant to scratching and also requires regular sealing. The cost of this depends on the type of timber that you opt for.


2. Engineered Stone.

This is one popular material for kitchen bench tops as this material is scratch and heat resistant and it is non-porous, besides being free of much maintenance. These stones are composed of resin and natural quartz.


3.Stainless Steel.


For those who prefer a commercial or an industrial styled kitchen this is a best choice for them. Besides giving your kitchen a sleek look you need to be aware that this material is impervious to bacteria and heat.

Kitchen Bench Tops


4.Synthetic Solid Surface.

Bench tops of a solid surface can be molded and shaped with ease. Besides this, they are able to hide the joins in the slab and are available in a wide range of patterns and colors. These are considered as one of the most hygienic options available. You need not worry about the scratches and cuts as they can be easily repaired. Though these might work out a wee bit expensive but since they tend to last long, work out a sensible investment.


5.Marble.


Undoubtedly, marble offers a luxurious look to any space but requires more of maintenance and care. As this is a porous material that is soft, it tends to crack, stain and scratch easily. Sealing and maintenance of this might avoid staining. Though this material might work out cheaper as compared to the other options but you need to add the cost of maintenance to this, if you want it to last long.

Kitchen Bench Tops


6.Laminate.

With due course of time, you have a wide range of options available in laminate, with different colors, styles and designs. Although this might work out beneficial it can be easily scratched and you find it tough to get this repaired. This does provide a stylish solution to the kitchen as the joins are not visible.


7.Granite.


Though considered as the toughest material for kitchen bench tops, it requires maintenance on a regular basis. If you make an effort to maintain this, it can last for a long span of time. It is considered a premium material as it is long lasting and does not cost as much as engineered stone or laminate bench tops.

Kitchen Bench Tops

Before making a decision for the kitchen bench top, you need to make sure about the budget as there are a number of options available which can work well within your budget.

Once you know how much you can spend on a bench top you can go to the next step of making a choice between the different materials, colors, styles within the budget. Make sure the bench top can blend well with the cabinets and also the splash backs and the color scheme of your kitchen.

Disclosure: This is a guest post. Pictures and text are provided by contributor.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Be Ready With A Disaster Kit For Emergency Situations

It has been three years since Super Typhoon Haiyan which is locally known as Super Typhoon Yolanda hit our area killing thousands. The memory of the disaster remains fresh in my mind. It is still heartbreaking to know that many lost their loved ones, many lost their homes and many couldn't even move on until now.

Even if Tacloban managed to remain firm and the Warayanons were able to get up on their feet despite all the pain and hardships that we face, it can never turn back the time and bring back the lives that were lost.

No one wants that to happen again. But no one can also stop that from happening again. Since I came to Leyte, I have experienced different storms but none of them were as strong as Haiyan. And we know that another super typhoon might hit our area once again in the future because of its location.

Disaster Kit

One thing that we need to do during times like this is to prepare. We have to get ready for every important thing that we need in order to get through the tough times. Supertyphoon or not, we still need to be ready especially that typhoons come in the Philippines year round.

That is why we have to prepare a disaster kit not just for typhoons but even for other emergency situations. Below is an infographic of what you need to prepare.

Disaster Kit

Apparently, aside from food and extra clothing, we would also need batteries. These will be a big help to provide power to our flashlights, radios, and even mini-fans. We have to get batteries that will last long like the one we can get from Groupon Goods.

Aside from being able to buy what we need, can also save a lot of money if we use Groupon Goods because of the items cost lower than what we can usually buy from the market. We can also see helpful ratings and reviews which will help us determine which one to buy.

Groupon Goods

I recommend buying in bulk because this way, we can save a lot and it is important that we have available batteries all the time of the year. So, if you did not get ready yet, you have to make sure that you prepare your disaster kit as early as today because we will never know when disasters and other emergencies will happen.

Friday, October 28, 2016

How Do You Decorate Your Home with Some Attractive Blinds?

Decorating With Blinds

Now people are interested to install blinds by replacing their old curtains because they are more effective and efficient than other products. Blinds can provide you with full privacy level, and you can easily operate these blinds with a remote control system.

Whereas, curtains are almost of similar types and, though rich in patterns, would not be able to match its pace for satisfying requirements of modern designing. It is an arrangement of vertical and horizontal slats, made up of different materials, such as plastic, metal, and woods.

How Do You Decorate Your Home with Some Attractive Blinds?


All these slats are held together with the help of cords which passes through the slats of the blind sheets. The replacement of curtains from blinds just not provide a new and more alluring looks to the existing windows and in entire ambiance as well, it is also very convenient to maintain in comparison to various types of curtains.


Types of Blinds and Its Usage


There are various types of window blinds, which are used or ideal to be used differently, for different purposes or place of installation. These blind types primarily fall under the broad category, which can be enumerated as:

• Roller blind
• Venetian blind
• Vertical blind
• Pleated blind
• Roman blind


What are the different kinds of materials of various blinds?


These blinds come in a variety of material options such as, plastic, wood, fabric, metal, etc., in the form of slats, which can be rotated into upward and downward position through the threads passing through the slot arrangements, in a way to open or close it respectively. The movement of these blind coverings comes in both types– manual and machine operated. All of the above blind types are special to be used in certain areas or ambiances, particularly, as per their specific characteristics.

• Roller blind – these are the best sort of blind option which can be employed at home and office fronts as roller blind do not contain slats. Instead of containing slats, it comes in the form of one complete sheet, made of a specific material, such as metal. Roller blinds are known for its qualities of protection against theft, fire, temperature, bad weather and it has an effective humidity control system. It can reduce the power consumption bill and roller blinds are mostly operated with a remote control system.
Roller blind


• Venetian blinds- these are a most traditional form of blinds. You may require cleaning it every now and then for its appealing looking. These blinds do not completely prevent light entering any room or office. It provides a nice interior for your home. It ensures fairly good insulation from hot and cold weather.

• Roman blinds- these are stylish and appealing in looks. The fabric used for manufacturing it is very soft in texture. These have large folds and sometime slats which can completely cover home windows. Its gives rich texture furthermore luxurious looks to your room. It can control natural light fully. These are manufactured using synthetic material which often looks beautiful and makes a smart choice for every homeowner.

• Pleated blinds- these are among popular choice for covering your room windows. These have many practical uses and besides such uses, it looks chic. It is able to create relaxing and comfy ambiance inside your room. These can be easily stored and you can draw these to the uppermost corner of the window. It is useful for people living in less space.


Pleated blind

To know more about different kinds of blinds, you can search them online and you will find many designers who offer various blinds at an attractive price range. Before placing your order, you need to compare their price range.

Disclosure: This is a guest post.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Join the Vive Health Giveaway!

I haven't participated in giveaways for along time. So here we go. We have a giveaway from Mama The Fox where you can win a gift card for Vive Health.

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Vive Health carries basic health products for all types of people and lifestyles. From shoe insoles to walkers or running aids, they have you covered. You can now enter for your chance to win a $50 gift card to Vive Health! Open to US only. Runs 10/25-11/8.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Creative Ideas on Choosing Curtains and Blinds for Your Room

When you refurnish your home, you need to change the curtains and blinds also. Now you can choose different kind of automatic blinds for your home and you can operate these blinds with a remote control. Also a good combination of suitable curtains and blinds will enhance the beauty of your room. 

But before making a final purchase, you need to examine the room. In other words, you need to confirm the types of rooms you have, total number of windows included, light effect during the day, types of furniture included and many more.


Choosing Curtains and Blinds


How do you choose the perfect curtains and blinds?

• These questions will help you to determine the right type of window treatment for your room. In case your room is already dark, then a lighter set of curtains will serve the best. It is well understood that larger rooms can easily accept heavier curtains and vice versa. In case the room is very small, then you may easily go with blinds.

• Most importantly, you must note that window coverings must complete the look of the room but must not distract from the overall grace and appearance. After knowing the type of room you have along with the type of window treatment to match with the same, you can now easily move ahead to choose the most suitable colors and patterns.

Choosing Curtains and Blinds


Matching Curtains and Blinds with Furniture:


There are some people who prefer matching their curtains and blinds to a sofa that is already available in the room. It is a great idea for rooms that do not comprise of many color combinations. But little bit research must be carried in case the room comprises of a dark colored and bold pattern sofa.

It must be noted that blinds and other coverings must not be the focal point of a room. Generally, the size of window coverings is directly proportional to the size of the room. Apart from that, you need to install some curtains and blinds which can decrease your power consumption bill. 

You can install some dark colored curtains and blinds in the north and south facing windows and these blinds can prevent the sunlight and keep your room cool. On the other part, you can install some light colored blinds in the east and west side windows to allow some sunrays and these systems can keep your room warm during winter.

Choosing Curtains and Blinds


What is the Most Suitable Drapery?


Heavy draperies can easily make the room a bit stuffy and regal in some right conditions. Bamboo blinds have been reported to provide a different feeling in comparison to the ones manufactured by using materials.

• It is an intelligent idea to follow the theme of the room at the time of choosing materials. Lighter materials go best in airy rooms. However, this rule may get a bit diverted in some exceptional cases. Playing all around with various textures will definitely yield the best result.

• You may focus on curtain rods rather than curtains. Numerous professional window covering installers take into usage the technique of including several textures to a window. This may be either a shade or blind in the background rather than adding a curtain on the top.

Also, variable levels and depth of the rod will also enhance the dimensions of window treatment. Window dressing is something that can be used for giving a final finishing touch to your home décor. In this regards, you can search on the different portals and you will find many colorful curtains and windows. 

For the blind and curtain installation, you can also get in touch with some professional designers and they will help you to Opt for an ideal combination of curtains and blinds according to your home decoration.

Disclosure: This is a guest post. Images are provided by contributor.







Friday, October 21, 2016

Simple Solutions to Tech Problems for Non-tech Users in 2016

Tech Problems for Non-tech Users

Technology can make life easier when it works, but when it doesn’t, it can also be a source of unique frustration. The average computer user wastes five days a year waiting for slow laptops and PCs to load, a SanDisk survey found. 

One-third of users reported that their technology frustrations left them in a bad mood and one-fourth have expressed their frustration by smashing or stomping on a computer. Fortunately, there are more effective and less expensive ways to handle technology frustration. Here are some tips and resources for dealing with some common technical difficulties.

Reboot First

Before trying other solutions, many technology problems can be solved by simply rebooting your computer, mobile device or router, explains technology writer Chris Hoffman. For example, if your computer freezes and shows the blue screen of death, this may have been caused by a low-level hardware driver issue or hardware malfunction, which leaves the computer in a state where it cannot continue processing its commands.

Tech Problems for Non-tech Users

To resolve this, the computer may automatically reboot itself, which restores it to a state where it can function normally as long as it does not encounter the same problem. Other problems that can often be resolved by rebooting include Windows running slow, programs such as Firefox using too much memory or Internet or Wi-Fi network issues.

Computer Running Slow

Another common frustration is a slow-running computer. If rebooting doesn’t solve this, PCWorld’s Ben Kim says the next thing to do is determine whether the problem is your computer or another issue, such as your Internet connection. 

For instance, a slow-loading video or website may not be caused by your computer, whereas a slow boot process is more likely to be due to your device. To rule out your Internet connection speed as the problem, try visiting Speedtest.net and making sure that your download and upload speeds are at least 50 percent of what your provider advertises and that pings take less than 100 milliseconds.

If you do this and it still looks like your computer is the problem, next use your file manager application (such as File Explorer in Windows) to check how much disk space is left on your hard drive. If you’ve got enough space, check whether your boot process is launching any programs that are hogging memory. 

Tech Problems for Non-tech Users


In Windows, you can do this by launching System Configuration, accessible by pressing Windows-R, typing “msconfig” and hitting Enter. Look at the Startup tab to see what programs are running when you boot up and which can be disabled. Don’t disable programs from manufacturers such as Microsoft, but you can disable apps you don’t need from providers such as Adobe, Google Update or Spotify. After making changes, try rebooting and see if your computer runs faster.

Slow Internet

Sometimes your computer is running fine, but your Internet connection is still slow. In this case, BabaMail recommends visiting Speedtest.net to check your connection speed, as mentioned earlier. If it looks like your connection speed is okay, check if a program is hogging your bandwidth or if there’s a problem with your network.

To do this, first look for minimized icons that indicate a torrent program running in the background. Next, check if your network card drivers are current, which you can do by going into Device Manager and checking the Network adapters menu. If you see a yellow mark with an exclamation point, right-click on the device name to access the menu for updating your driver software. 

If Windows can’t download the update for you, you may be able to download it directly from the manufacturer’s website. If your Internet connection isn’t working, you may need to use another computer and a USB flash drive to do this.

Tech Problems for Non-tech Users

Hardware Not Working

Sometimes, you may simply have a hardware problem. If your product is still covered under warranty, the simplest solution may be a replacement part or unit. There may also be special circumstances where you’re able to get a replacement. For instance, due to the recall of the Galaxy Note7, T-Mobile customers who ordered this product are able to get a replacement phone free. Check with your product documentation and supplier to see what options are available to you.

Pros and Cons for Concrete Polishing Floor


From several years, concrete has been famous for its money saving and durability characteristics. With latest technologies, business owners and land owners are experiencing that they can bind these benefits of concrete in their construction areas. Concrete polishing is a famous option for other flooring stuffs due to three striking advantages i.e. aesthetics, lower maintenance, and total cost.

Polished concrete flooring is an extremely cost-effective. Different from several other floor surface supplies, a floor with concrete polishing can remain up to 10 years or long before it requires being refinished. The maintenance is also negligible on polished floor, so decreasing costs related with keeping floors traffic-friendly, durable, and clean.

Good and Bad things about concrete polishing

Each and every type of concrete flooring options, there are some good and bad aspects. Here, we are going to mention some of them, but even these things can differ as per the finishing levels, products, and exact system chosen.

Pros and Cons for Concrete Polishing Floor


Pros


Easy to uphold: the maintenance of concrete floor is extremely easy. It will require waxing or sealing every three to nine months. This is dependent on the traffic level for maintaining the caring or the top layer well. Other than this, you can employ a neutral clean-up agent for mopping the floor often. You can also use utility pad for particular obstinate stains.

Versatile: Only if the concrete is free and smooth from defects, bumps, and holes, you have the option of setting up any floor exterior covering that you wish over it at an afterward date. This offers you the freedom of choosing many designs. Be informed that an underlayment may require to be installed along with the concrete plus new substance that you choose.

Static Dissipative: An opened concrete floor frequently shows antistatic trends, though, they are related to the moisture levels of floor, making it less reliable. You can get Anti-static coatings implemented to the concrete flooring for making sure that static discharge doesn’t lead to harm to static responsive equipment.

Sanitary: Appropriately sealed and finished concrete can be practically defiant to liquids, particularly water. Coatings can give waterproof obstacles that close the concrete and put off pollutants from really getting to the concrete. Anti-microbial protection can also be achieved by some coatings. Also premium concrete flooring should not have crevice or cracks in the exterior that can harbor bacteria, dirt and food.

Pros and Cons for Concrete Polishing Floor


Cons


Hardness: the durability and strength of this substance can also be a responsibility. The exterior of a concrete-floor is extremely solid. In case you fall and trip on one, you’re possibly about to injure yourself. Stuffs fallen on these floors are prone to crack or shatter. Hence, these flooring is not advised for places which will be frequented by old people or kids.

Moisture: if not correctly sealed on the bottom and top, concrete floor will be incredibly vulnerable to dispersion by dampness. In case, fluid gets into the pores of the flooring, and the water that seeped in causes the development of mildew or mold within your house. In a few atmospheres, you will need to be afraid of the dampness freezing that will lead increase and break the floor slab from its center.

Loud: floors with concrete polishing can be loud similar to bamboo floors, some hardwood floors, natural stone flooring, and ceramic tile. To lessen the loudness, you can equip the surface with acoustic wall panels, heavy carpets, rugs, plus other elements that block or absorb noise.

The performance and advanced sturdiness of polished concrete have made it the first choice for municipalities, office facilities, warehouses, and retail stores. Homeowners, too, are choosing these high-luster and smooth concrete polished floors that reproduce the appearance of polished stone.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Positive Parenting - Empowering Disabled Children to Be All That They Can Be

Empowering Disabled Children

Being a parent in today’s society can often be a trying experience no matter how much you love your children or how hard you work to give them all they need to succeed in life. Without going into all the cultural influences you need to overcome, in fact it would be impossible to do so as entire volumes have been written on the subject and are still not inclusive, there are some ways you can counteract what is going on around you to raise up children who are empowered to be the best that they can be as human beings and as professionals in the workplace. 

However, being parents of a disabled child brings with it a new set of challenges which must be faced, so here are a few tips to give you strength and help you along the way.

Empowering Disabled Children

Working with Kids with Disabilities

One of the things which educators learn early on when seeking their degrees, and are even more in tune with when studying for a higher education leadership degree, is that it is vitally important to follow a few simple rules when working with disabled children. One of the first things you learn is how to inspire them to do well without putting undue pressure on them. 

They can often do all of the things a non-disabled child can do - and sometimes even better. It just takes them longer to learn new tasks in many cases. Sometimes they are faced with physical disabilities and other times these are emotional or psychological. 

If your son or daughter is interested in going straight up to achieving an online doctor of education degree there is no reason to believe they can’t do it! Help them realize that anything can happen if you are willing to work for it. Perseverance is often a vital key to success.

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Finding Modes of Study that Suit Their Disability

All government and public buildings are required by federal law to have entryways accessible to physically disabled persons. Even so, some schools have disabled ramps that are not easy to navigate and although they pass legal guidelines minimally, they are not adequate for the needs of a disabled student. 

In cases like this, did you know your son or daughter can get their degree online? It is always best for a student to study in an environment where they are most at ease, which means you can explore your options if you feel your child will not do well in a traditional classroom.

That’s the beauty of technology. Parents now have many more ways to empower their disabled children to be the very best they can be in an environment that places little stress on the child. 

It’s all about facilitating an atmosphere where they can learn and grow and with the literal explosion of online degrees it is something that was never before possible. By exploring your options you are empowering your child to grow in the best way possible for him or her - and that’s what empowerment is all about after all. Empowering them to be their very best in the life they have been handed.

Do You Have What It Takes to Complete a Master’s Degree Online?

Completing a Master’s Degree Online

Thanks to the internet and the best universities across the country opening up their online graduate programs, it is now possible to pursue a master’s degree of your choice without becoming a full-time student or moving near a university. In fact, you can get an MBA online from any university in the country from the comfort of your home.

Complete a Master’s Degree Online


Before you start searching for a program, however, there are a few requirements you need to meet. Do you have what it takes to enroll in online MBA or other graduate programs and complete the course? Let’s find out, shall we?

Qualifying for the Course

Before you can enroll in a graduate program, you need to have a bachelor’s degree. The degree doesn’t have to be in a particular field. You can, for instance, get an online MBA even when your bachelor’s degree is in science.

Some universities require you to have a certain minimum GPA to qualify for the course, too. Taking an online masters in business administration from Villanova University means having a minimum GPA of 3.00.

online degree


There are other requirements to meet also, including a CLEP, as well as a few years on the job in managerial position. The latter is for special programs such as the executive master of business administration (EMBA).

These requirements are usually easy to meet. More importantly, there is a program for everyone. You can always find programs you qualify for and still have the chance to pursue a master’s degree in a field of your choice.

Understanding the Challenges

Online courses are great for those working a full-time job or who simply can’t move near the university to pursue a degree for many reasons. A lot of stay-at-home moms and even entrepreneurs are taking the time to pursue their dreams of owning a master’s degree with the help of these online courses.

Taking a master’s degree online may seem like a walk in the park at first, but there are actually a lot of challenges to overcome. You need to be able to manage your time, acquire the necessary resources to master the course materials, and of course take the time to study for exams and complete assignments.

The online learning platform will help you with most of these challenges. Course materials are usually provided and you have direct access to the best lecturers in the country as part of the learning program. You still need to manage your own time and have a clear study schedule to succeed.

Tuition and Other Details

Similar to brick-and-mortar programs, you still need to pay tuition when you enroll in an online course. Since there are no classes to maintain and there are usually a lot of students per class or course, you can expect the online master’s degree to be much more affordable than taking one offline.

Master’s Degree Online


It is also easier to calculate the total cost of getting an online master’s degree. Since you can study while working a full-time job or from the comfort of your home, you don’t need to worry about extra expenses associated with moving near the university.

So, do you have what it takes to pursue a master’s degree? The answer is most definitely yes. Take that first step, find a program that you like and work your way towards becoming a Master.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Top 10 Kitchen Renovation Tips That You Should Know About

Kitchen Renovation Tips

Are you planning for kitchen renovations? If yes, then it is very important to make sure that you carry out smart renovation. This means that you need to follow tips that will make your home a smart home and start with the kitchen.

When you are renovating your kitchen would you not want it to be the latest? Getting the latest appliances will make sure that you do not have to renovate it again in a couple of years as everything is latest.

Top 10 Kitchen Renovations Tips That You Should Know About

Some people make their living room look attractive with the latest equipment. In the same way, you need to pay proper attention to the kitchen renovations

The reason behind this is that it is a place where food is cooked and so it needs to get proper attention. Converting your kitchen into a smart one means that, everything in the kitchen is simple yet latest. A smart kitchen will make everything simple for you and also gets things done within a short period of time. In order to make things in the way you want, there are some important tips that you need to keep in mind and below listed are those:


1. Do not add many Small Storage Features:

One important thing that you need to keep in mind when you are planning to renovate your kitchen is that do not add plenty small storage options such as drawers, cabinets and dividers. These will take up a lot of space and also much space will get wasted too. Apart from this, they will also prove to be expensive.

2. Plan according to the Workflow:

During kitchen renovations, you need to do is plan according to your work flow. This is also known to be one of the most common mistakes made by people that they do not renovate the kitchen based on their workflow. The most used areas in the kitchen are the sink, refrigerator and gas. Ensure that these appliances are positioned in an efficient manner that you save time.

3. Counter Space:

Counter space is one of the most useful things in your kitchen and you need to make sure that you do not settle for less. Ensure that you have sufficient counter space.

4. Contact a Professional:

Even if you feel that you can do the kitchen renovations in the best manner, it is still best to hire the professional. He or she will ensure that the kitchen space is utilized efficiently which matters a lot.

Kitchen Renovation Tips


5. Protect the other Rooms:

While renovating the kitchen most people forget about the other rooms. You need to make certain that other rooms and walls are protected from paint dripping, debris etc.

6. Consider the Home Layout:

In case you are going to renovate other rooms as well after the kitchen or not, you need to consider the home layout. This will help you make certain that the entire home looks one.

7. Flooring Options:

The flooring options that you choose will help you make your kitchen spacious or congested. If you hire a professional, he or she will help you to select the right one.

8. Stove:

It is known as the designer handbag of the kitchen as it makes it look good. You need to ensure that the stove is functional and classy.

Kitchen Renovation Tips


9. Stain or Paint:

One vital decision that you need to take is whether you wish to paint or stain. Choose a latest and long lasting option. Ask your professional for help.

10. Height of the Cabinet:

The cabinet’s height should be such that it is possible to reach for an average height person. Keeping it too high or low would not work.

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

Monday, October 10, 2016

Music For Kids: The Power Of Early Childhood Music Education


There is little dispute amongst experts on the importance of music in early childhood. Music can play an important role in early childhood development. In fact, studies suggest that kids who study music from an early age reap educational benefits in both math and reading.

music for kids

Not only can early childhood music education help benefit a child's overall development, but it can also help build emotional and social skills, build cognitive abilities, increase overall language capabilities, improve memory capacity, develop impulse control, and set the foundation for a life-long love of music.

It Is Never Too Early To Learn

It is never too early to enroll a child in music classes or engage a child in musical activities. Children begin learning music as soon as they are born. Infants are able to listen, watch, and experiments with sounds. Eventually, babies sing, chant rhythmically, and experiment with vocal controls. Babies are born ready to explore the rich world of musical sound and the more exposure to music the better they will be at developing their own musical skills and abilities. In fact, the process of musical learning uniquely corresponds to the way in which children learn language.

Music For Kids


Music Classes For Kids

Music classes for kids can be a fun, engaging, and positive learning experiences for young children. Structured classes led by specialists can add a new depth to the benefits reaped by children engaging in music at an early age. Music classes actively engage three of the five senses and promote learning within young children in unparalleled ways. Kids participating in music classes may be watching, listening, or clapping, but their mind is far more active than we can readily understand.

Experts are still studying the many ways in which early engagement with music benefits children. However, they all agree that the benefits are very real. Those studying music's benefit on early childhood development agree that musical learning somehow engages all the other forms of learning. This type of learning becomes especially important when you consider that 90 percent of the brain's development happens before the age of five.

The earlier the better with musical education. Newborns, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are little sponges just waiting to soak up all knowledge, and music is a powerful tool in helping them do just that.

Finding The Right Program

Looking for the right music class for your child? Start by asking friends, family, neighbors, coworkers for their recommendations. Also, check out some local kids boutiques, toy stores, and play centers for information. Many of the programs will let you attend or try out one of the classes for free before signing up. Don't hesitate to ask questions and shop around until you find the right class for you and your child.

Music Activities For kids

Musical activities can benefit kids of all ages. Even if you choose not to enroll your kids in music classes you can still allow your kids to participate in musical activities. Make it a family activity. Music activities for kids can be fun for the whole family and can be a very family-centered, fun way to play. Break out the pots and pans, put on your favorite songs, and dance with your kids. Music is fun!

Find Musical Education That Fits Your Needs

Childhood Music Education

Music School For Kids

Kids who show a great deal of interest in music will benefit from the intensive classes offered in a music school for kids. Schools specifically designed for music education help create a lifelong music lover and help children reach their full musical potential. If you are interested in finding a music school in your area, look for a school with a proven track record of success, check out online reviews, and ask a local musical professional who it is that they recommend.

Private Lessons

Early childhood music education does not necessarily mean that your child must go to a music school for kids. Private lessons provide a reasonable option for many children. Consider what type of lessons you would like to give your child and what sort of instrument that you would like for your child to play. A number of factors should be considered in choosing which instrument to play.

Consider the following questions:

● Does your child have an instrument in mind?
● Does your child's temperament match the instrument that she/he wishes to play?
● Can instrument can you afford to buy and maintain?
● What instrument can you listen to for extended periods of practice time?
● Is there a musical style that excites your child?

Any instrument can be a great way to learn, but many experts suggest starting with piano lessons. If you, like many parents, have a child beginning with piano lessons then you will need to first begin by finding great piano teachers in your area. Optimally they should have experience teaching kids piano. Look for established area teachers and read reviews.

Childhood Music Education

Once you have a teacher in your sights, set up a meeting with you and your child. Don't do all the talking for you child during the meeting. You want to make sure that your child and the teacher will be able to work well with one another.

Thanks to the insight provided by Wendy’s Music, a music school in Melbourne, providing a range of music courses for kids of all ages.


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.

How to Order Stunning Flower Online on Time for any Occasion?

Planning to order flowers online? I know that is easy but here are tips that will surely help you get the perfect flowers from the right florist just on time for your special occasion.

How to Order Flower Online

Ordering flowers online can be a tricky business. When it started first there was a lot of confusion regarding the whole process and many a times when customers got the wrong bouquet delivered or received withered flowers, they deemed it better to walk over to the local store. But as online orders gained momentum it was becoming increasingly possible for timely and correctly delivery of the orders. With the booming of online florist business, these shops have mushroomed like crazy and it has become easier to order flowers online with each passing day.

But how do you choose the right online flower shop for ordering for your loved ones? Will it be possible for you to sit in your own home and order the perfect flowers for your sweetheart? Well, the answer is yes. Now, you can choose from a wide range of flowers online to deliver the perfect one to your sweetheart. There are a variety of services associated with flower deliveries but each comes at a price and choosing a pricier florist may guarantee you results that you otherwise won’t get. There are a few tips and tricks you can employ to buy flowers online. Check them out in this article to order the best flowers.

How to pick the right florist at end moment for an occasion?

• There are three main types of florists who sell their ware online and these are broadly classified as organizations which are actual florists; they have stores and websites through which flowers can be ordered online. These are generally third-party websites.

They have the best knowledge about flowers as they have their stores. They offer a huge array of flowers with their prices to choose from and also make sure that there is guaranteed customer satisfaction. They offer same day or next day delivery as their inventory is huge and have local stores through which flowers can be delivered.

How to Order Stunning Flower Online

• The next one is the flower shipper. They are the ones who ship flowers by air overnight. They send raw flowers and the recipient have to cut the stems and arrange the flowers for themselves. Of course, this is only suitable for some occasions and offices or other places like hospitals.

This is much cheaper than ordering from a local florist and in many cases these flowers will be fresher as they have their stems intact. But overnight deliveries will of course have quality problems associated with it. They are generally not available for delivery on the same day.

• Other sellers include people who forward your order to a florist and act as a communicator between you two. They are generally middle men who do not have knowledge about flowers and only make sure you get to the company they have agreed to work with, forwarding your case to the first kind of florists they have. It is best not to start with them. You can order from them later when you have got more experience.

Remember that too little or too much choice can both be harmful when you are trying to buy from an online florist. You should also keep in mind that a respected florist will keep many options but the website will be easy to navigate with a secure transaction domain.

How to Order Flower Online

There are also other pointers like collaborations with good florists which will help you choosing the florist. You can also check whether they have received a certificate of excellence from any group.

Taking advantage of online flower delivery services is a grand way to go about the matter. By this, it is easy to spot the various flower delivery services that will see to it that your flowers are delivered to any portion of the world timely.

Disclosure: This is a guest post. Images are provided by contributor.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Decorating Your Home With Modern Rugs

Make your home look extra special with modern rugs

The home is where the heart is and this is the reason why you need to make your home stylish. This can only be possible when your home is decorated according to your distinct taste. Many people may think that home décor according to their distinct taste might require a lot of money. But, the fact is that there is one element that if used wisely is going to give your home a smart and distinct look without you having to burn a hole in your pocket.

Decorating Your Home With Modern Rugs

No one wants their home to look boring and repetitive and it would become so if the décor remains the same for years together. No, you need not change the whole décor of your home to bring that refreshing change in the look of the interior of your home. All that you need to do is to bring in some elements that will just change your home a great deal. These days the best way to bring that refreshing element in your living space is a rug.

The modern rugs are available in various style, designs and colors that you can very well coordinate it with any kind of décor and instantly change the look of your home. The modern rug makes your house look richer as it adds that extra oomph needed for the décor. But this is not it there are various other purposes that he modern rug can serve apart from making your home look beautiful such as.

Modern Rugs

The rug can act as the focal point of your living room and create an area of interest that could be the talking point for you and your guests. If you have the perfect kind of rug you can not only beautify your home but also add that special meaning to the décor idea of your home. This rug can jus transform your living space to something more artistic and aesthetic in a matter of few seconds.

• The modern rug comes in styles that are perfect for any type of décor. They go with all kinds of décor whether it is contemporary or is more of a traditional one. You can use rug to even create a link between two styles of your home. 

For example, if the living room has an area that has modern décor while another area has this traditional style then you can use a befitting modern rug to create that aesthetic bridge between the two. This would act as a buffer and people would not find it contrasting and out of place.

modern rug


• The modern rug can be used in any place in your home. All that you need is the willingness to incorporate the rug in your home. You can use this rug in your kitchen, study, corridor, dining and bed room as well.

• If your room has a very bright kind of décor you can use the modern to soften that tone down. On the other hand, if your house seems too dull for you can add spark t it by adding a colorful and bright rug to the room and bring life back to that particular room.

• The modern rug is available everywhere these days. You can find it in the local market near you or you could look it up on the internet. There are many home décor websites that sell these beautiful and stylish pieces of home décor at very reasonable prices.

There is nothing better than being able to give that personal touch to your home and its décor. This makes your home distinct and exclusively yours where you can relax and unwind in your own way.

Disclosure: This is a guest post. Images are provided by writer.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Monitor Kid’s Internet Activity: Should Parents Spy On?

More and more minors are increasingly using smartphones, tablets, and computers. The upside is that there is increased connectivity because of social networking sites for kids. The downside is that it exposes them to various problems associated with social networking and Internet use.

Dangers of Internet Activity


Many people, including adults and children do not understand that their information on social networking sites is not anonymous and may expose them to various problems. Here are some reasons why you should snoop on your kids.

Sexual Predators

The use of social networking sites increases the potential for children to be victimized or behave inappropriately. Most smartphones can be used to send normal texts as well as chat on social media. This means that a teenager can multitask by texting as well as chatting on social media. Many young people do not understand the dangers of posting their personal information or pictures on social networking sites. Sexual predators often use personal information of minors on the Internet to manipulate them.

kids internet activity

Illegal Activities

The fact that many people, including teenagers, think that the information they put on social media is anonymous, may encourage them to do things or behave in ways that they might not in person. This may include posting offensive comments, racial slurs, or even engage in cyber bullying. Although kids may not know it at the time, such actions may not only be destructive and cruel but also criminal. Although some social networking sites may block users who are behaving in ways that are criminal or offensive, parental monitoring is still necessary to ensure that your child does not use poor judgment.

Inappropriate Language and Content

Some social networking sites do not censor users’ posts or language. Kids using social networking sites without parental monitoring risk being exposed to inappropriate content and language including pornography, alcohol, and overt sexual content and images. Some children lack the maturity to sort out potentially inappropriate or manipulative content. Some may even share overtly sexual images and messages that in some cases may be illegal.

Sleep Deprivation

Excessive use of social media may promote sleep deprivation, anxiety and other emotional problems. Many teenagers sleep with their phones under their pillows or on their beds so that they can easily access their phones anytime of the night to chat and surf through social networking sites. 

Some teens chat with their friends and even strangers into the late hours of the night. Social networking has a high potential for addiction because it provides immediate gratification of chat responses. It is important for parents to monitor social media use and insist that their kids turn off their smartphones, tablets, or computers after certain hours.

Other Behavior Issues

If you have concerns about your child’s behavior, even those that are not related to social media use, it may be paramount to monitor their use of social networking sites. 

Children who hide their social media profiles, refuse to let their parents see their profiles, or are dishonest about their smartphone use may be engaging in potentially risky behavior. When your child starts making poor choices in life such as drinking, smoking or skipping school, then he/she is probably making poor choices in social media as well.

kids internet use

Photo Credit: Petras Gagilas

How to Track Your Child's Internet Activity


As a parent, it is necessary to keep your children out of harassing via information technology. Let’s take a look how to track what your child does online.

Random Walk-Ins

Walk into your child’s room once a while when he does not expect it. This will give your child little or no time to hide what he is doing. This will help keep your child off the websites that he is not allowed to visit. However, this method should be used in combination with other monitoring techniques.

Check Browser History

Check your child’s browser history after he has used his computer. You can do this by clicking history at the browser menu and then clicking “show all history”. Your will get results of all the websites including social networking sites that your child visited. Although this may not show you what your child looked at while on social networking sites, it is still valuable information because you will be able to see the social media pages that your child visited.

Familiarise With the Social Platforms

Send your child a friend request or follow him on social media. Once your become a friend with your child or follow him, you will have full access to his profile and even social media activities. This will give you invaluable information on who his friends are and how she talks on social networking sites. Look over past social media posts of your child. Once your child becomes your friend on social media, you can read all his past posts to make sure he is not using inappropriate language on social media. It will also help you understand if your child is being cyber-bullied.

Internet Activity Monitor

Consider purchasing and installing an internet activity monitor or child protection software on your child’s computer. This will give you authority to determine the websites that your child can access on the Internet.

Engage Your Child in an Open Dialogue

Have an open discussion with your child about social networking and whom he talks to on the Internet. In addition, keep your child’s computer in an open place and actively supervise his activities on social media. Know the social media pages that your child has joined as well as the games and applications that he uses. Find out if the pages, games, and applications are appropriate for your child.

Talk to your child and explain the importance of safety on social media. Guide her choices, listen to her needs, and adapt to them without compromising her online safety. Participate in your child’s social media activities and know whom she is communicating with online.

No Underage Social Media Use

Children below the age of 13 are not permitted to sign-up on social networking sites. However, it is very difficult for social networking sites to enforce this rule because some children lie about their year of birth. As a parent, you need to make sure that your child does not join social media until he is 13 and you are comfortable with him having a social media account.

Check Privacy Settings

Check the privacy settings for your child’s social media site and make sure they are set appropriately. This will not only protect your child’s social media activities, but it will also protect your computer from viruses and malware.

Many children engage with social networking sites at an early age and it is important for parents to guide and monitor the activities. As a parent, you can snoop on your child’s social media activities to ensure that his communications are safe and appropriate.

About The Author: Riya is a stay-at-home mom with 1 little girl. She is also a freelance writer and now writing for yourtown, the company where delivers services that tackle issues affecting the lives of children and young people. In her pastime, she always enjoys reading, cooking, pocketbooks and playing with her cat. Check out her Twitter.