Month: September 2017

Make the Most of the Sleep That You Do Get As a Parent

Make the Most of the Sleep That You Do Get As a Parent

When you’re a parent to young children, it can be one of the most exhausting times of your life. It can be physically tiring to wake up in the night and not get a full night’s sleep. It can also be tiring to chase after […]

Planning a Practical Wedding

Planning a Practical Wedding

Not everybody follows the playbook of life. Not everybody makes their money early, finds somebody that they love, dates them for five years before getting engaged and subsequently married, and then has kids. For some people, life isn’t as straightforward as that. Some couples already […]

The Ins And Outs Of Getting Your Home Ready For A Baby

The Ins And Outs Of Getting Your Home Ready For A Baby

All mothers and fathers to be will feel excited at the prospect of welcoming their first child into the world and bringing the baby home. Of course, the issue is that most family homes aren’t geared up for the little ones. For that reason, parents will have to make some changes and preparations before the big day arrives. There are some ideas and tips on this page that anyone can use to ensure they haven’t overlooked anything important. The last thing any parent wants is for their child to become injured because they forgot to tidy something hazardous away. With that in mind, pay close attention and note down some of this advice to ensure the house is 100% safe and ready for that bundle of joy.


Invest in some essential baby accessories

There are some items that all parents have to purchase for their home before the baby arrives. In some instances, it’s possible to save money by getting the products from friends who welcomed a child into the world within the last couple of years. Those people might help individuals to limit spending, and so it’s always sensible to let others know donations are accepted. At the very least, mothers and fathers will have to invest in:

  • Changing mats
  • Cots
  • Walkers
  • Diapers
  • Milk sterilization devices
  • Baby baths

If parents ensure they have all those items at home, they shouldn’t have to rush out to the store ten minutes after getting back from the delivery unit.


Ensure the heating keeps rooms at a suitable temperature

Experts recommend that the best room temperature for babies is somewhere between 68–72°F according to Baby Gooroo. Depending on where people live in the world, and the time of the year, lots of parents will have to set their heating to ensure the house doesn’t become too cold. Babies should feel happy at that temperature, and that should mean they don’t get uncomfortable and cry all the time. It’s vital not to set the temperature too high because there are many cases in which cot death occurs due to excess heat. Other ways to keep the baby warm, include:

  • Placing the bed near to a radiator
  • Wrapping the baby in a blanket
  • Using a cot heat pad

If anyone needs some extra advice on that topic, it’s wise to speak to a doctor at the hospital before bringing the baby home. They should have all the required knowledge.


Use gates at both ends of the stairs and keep doors closed

Babies are inquisitive creatures, and they will learn to crawl around the house in a matter of weeks. For that reason, all parents need to guarantee their child can’t get themselves into trouble or cause an injury. Placing gates at the top and bottom of the stairs is a fantastic step in the right direction according to specialists from The Gate Adviser and other sites. Over the years, those devices have assisted in preventing thousands of accidents that would have otherwise required hospital treatment. So, all mothers and fathers must research the market and purchase the most secure and stable solutions possible. Some people might also place gates on:

  • Kitchen doors
  • Garage doors
  • Bathroom doors
  • Basement doors


Get a lock for the cleaning cupboard

Most people store a lot of dangerous chemicals in their cleaning cupboards at home. That is the place where parents will keep their polish, bleach, and lots of other liquids that human beings won’t want to drink. The issue, of course, is that babies don’t have the best-inbuilt danger defenses. That means they are likely to pour any liquid they find straight down their throats. Parents shouldn’t need anyone else to tell them why that is something they need to avoid. Just head down to the local home store and purchase some cupboard locks and install them as soon as possible. Other products people might want to purchase include:

  • Drawer stoppers
  • Multi-purpose latches
  • Magnetic locks

Readers who choose to fit those devices in their home should never have to worry too much about the baby’s safety. Those products are also perfect for families with animals in the house. While it’s good for children to grow up with pets, it isn’t sensible to let a big dog anywhere near a small baby for the first few weeks. They might harm the kid unintentionally while they’re trying to play.

Unfortunately, most children will find a way to hurt themselves at some point, regardless of how hard the parents work to improve safety. At least if people put some of the tips from this article into action, they should manage to avoid the worst instances. The basic rule of thumb is that all mothers and fathers need to keep their eyes peeled and use some common sense when it comes to child safety. That is the best way to ensure the baby grows up in a happy and hazard-free environment.

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A Financial Checklist For New Parents

A Financial Checklist For New Parents

There’s a huge checklist of things that you need to do before you start a family. From baby proofing the house to setting up a nursery and buying all of the clothes and bottles you’re going to need, the list is endless. But on top […]

Does Your Budget Include Future Planning?

Does Your Budget Include Future Planning?

Household budgets are a pain to plan and even harder to stick to! Life doesn’t seem to get any cheaper as the years go by. The kids need more and more clothes and toys and books. Then they have all their classes and activities that […]

You & Your Dog’s Health: They’re Not Too Dissimilar!

You & Your Dog’s Health: They’re Not Too Dissimilar!

A lot of us can take a pet for granted, and if you’ve grown up around animals, you may be very aware of dogs and their temperaments. For anyone that is new to owning a pet, they are more similar to us than you realize. Much like us, they have a delicate nervous system and digestive system, and keeping them both maintained and functioning properly is the key to their overall health. So, here are the three pillars of health you need to think about.


A Dog’s Nervous System

A lot of pet owners probably don’t even think about the nervous system, but by looking after it, this will be one of the keys to their overall well-being. Very simply, the best way to look after your dog’s nervous system is to make sure that it is well fed. Meat forms a big part of the canine diet, and most dogs should eat meat on a regular basis, but many dog foods on the market are grain-based. This can result in inflammation and produce fat instead of muscle. Omega-3 is the key to developing their nervous system healthily, as your dog’s ancestors had a diet high in these Omega-3 fatty acids. Your dog’s ancestors feasted on bugs, meat from birds, or even fish. So it’s important to have as much unprocessed meat as possible in their diet, much like us!

Their Digestive System

There isn’t a complex equation, if they have a healthy digestive tract, they will feel much better overall. And much like feeding their nervous system, you need to feed them wholesome, nutritious food. The digestive system, if not functioning properly, will be the cause of all disease. So you need to make sure that you feed your dog according to their species, it’s also important to think about their bacteria, which forms approximately 70% of your dog’s immune system. Specifically, you need to feed their gut microbiome, and much like us the best way to do it is to give them probiotics. Dogs also need a high amount of fiber for a healthy digestive system, and in this they need prebiotics, not to be confused with probiotics, prebiotics is insoluble fiber which will help to feed the probiotics. And, much like us, you can feed them supplements if you want them to have a healthy dose of probiotics, and a varied diet including bananas and green leafy vegetables will be great for them, but also have a look at for essential and more detailed information.

Keeping On Top Of Their Health

Again, much like us, the importance of maintaining a base level of health is vital for their overall well-being. While you need to exercise them and make sure that they are in peak fitness, there are always going to be issues that will arise, and accidents can happen. It is vital that you have the dog registered with a veterinarian which will save you rushing around at the last second if something happens, but also you need to think about pet insurance. There are many resources for pet insurance such as on and it can be a headache to try and find the cheapest but most comprehensive pet insurance around. But much like us, if you don’t have life or health insurance in place, it’s going to be to your detriment.

A dog’s overall health and well-being are reliant on a good diet, so make sure you follow these three pillars, focus on their nervous system digestive system, but also make sure you keep on top of their health to ensure a healthy and happy dog.

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The Doctor Will See You Now: Getting Yourself Ready To Get Pregnant

The Doctor Will See You Now: Getting Yourself Ready To Get Pregnant

For many people, having a baby is something that has been planned. It is rare to find someone that gets pregnant when they aren’t planning to. So as it is a conscious decision, it means that there are plenty of things that we can do […]

Five Reasons Why Children Need To Grow Up Around Animals

Five Reasons Why Children Need To Grow Up Around Animals

If you grew up with a pet, then no doubt you will have many happy memories of the time you had together. As it happens, just over sixty percent of American homes have a pet, meaning we are a nation that loves animals. However, there […]

Date Night: Cooking Up A Feast For Your Loved One

Date Night: Cooking Up A Feast For Your Loved One

If you’re busy parents; it can be a challenge to find the free time to spend with one-another and catch up on how you’ve been. Finding a babysitter isn’t always possible, and money and routines might be tight, especially if your older kids are now back to school. However, it’s crucial to the success of the relationship with your other half to make an effort to enjoy their company when it’s just you two there. Food s the perfect way to show someone how much you love and care for them, and you can treat your spouse to a date night in your own home.

Forget about expensive restaurant meals, trips to the theater, or an overpriced cocktail lounge; your kitchen and dining space will provide a dreamy location for you to chat, reminisce and enjoy your culinary delights together. Whether you pick a Friday or Saturday night to enjoy your stay-at-home date; ask for some help in getting the kids bathed and ready for bed, ensure you’ve done the right prep and planning, and cook up a feast. The following are some tips and ideas for those who want to create the perfect date night for their spouse, where the focus in on the food, and more importantly, the company.

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Get Your Cookbooks Out

Although you’ll want the cooking side of things to go as smoothly as possible on the night; you don’t want to serve your beloved something that you are always eating together as a family. You’ll want to make the night a little more special by making something new or putting a twist on their favorite cuisine. Think about simple dishes or regional food that you both enjoy eating; perhaps Italian or Greek is the running theme throughout the night, and each dish complements the next. You don’t have to become a master chef; just put as much effort into the meal as possible so that you’d happily pay for the food in a restaurant. If you have no interest in cooking at all; perhaps it’s time to order in your favorite take away, or pick something up from a great restaurant on the way home, but that’s for another blog post.

Read through your recipe books and get a notepad and pen at the ready; jot down each course (as little or as many as you like). Make sure that you can source the ingredients for the meal with ease so that you’ll have everything you need to prepare the food and won’t be rushing out to the grocery store on the evening when you should be enjoying a glass of wine as you stir the pot. You can order your fresh meat or seafood online; get info here on the process and save yourself the trouble of visiting the butchers or fishmongers to find the perfect shrimp for your Spanish paella. Get any food deliveries booked in for at least the day before your date night so that you’ll have time to source extra produce or food on the day if something goes awry.

Make sure that your meal flows well; you don’t have to create three courses, but if you do they should fit into your overall theme and the starter and dessert shouldn’t be too heavy, so that you can enjoy the main. Chop, slice, prepare and cook whatever you’re able to in advance. Perhaps take a moment when the kids are eating dinner, or watching T.V you get a head start on the food. You can get plates, cutlery, and glasses ready to go on the table as soon as the kid’s stuff has been cleared away. The smell of your cooking will be something your other half will enjoy, and they’ll be looking forward to sitting down with you to eat and chat.

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Serve It In Style

Serve your food so that it looks appealing and your loved one will be excited to dive into the meal. If you’re heading in the paella direction, you could invest in a paella dish that will look great as the table centerpiece. The same goes for any specific cuisines; tagines, Balti dishes, and ramen dishes will all add the touch of a restaurant to your date night, and you’ll be able to utilize them in the future, so could be a purchase worth considering. Take your side dishes into consideration also; rice, pasta, and potatoes will look great in a decorative bowl or in your best serve ware. For a more formal feeling to your meal; plate everything up at the kitchen counter, before bringing it over to your spouse and beginning your evening together.

The best thing about large plates, bowls, platters, and serving options in the middle of the table is the sharing aspect of the food. There’s nothing more romantic than digging into the same dish of food and sharing what’s presented on the table between the both of you. Pass things to one another, ask them to slice you a piece of the crusty loaf you bought, and appreciate the effort you’ve made to get across how much you love them.

Candlelight will provide you with another romantic touch; you won’t have kids and little hands to contend with (hopefully they’re tucked up in bed by now) so you can enjoy a few tea lights or the flicker from a pillar candle. Pop your favorite music on in the background, and you’ll have set the perfect date night scene in the comfort of your own home. If you want to go all out; make an effort to wear something special and treat the night as you would if you were going to the latest restaurant in the city; why not, it’s a date night after all!

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A Little Fizz Never Hurt Anyone

It’s time to pop open that bottle of fizz or wine you’ve been saving for a special occasion. Tonight is all about treating your partner to a dreamy date night that they’ll never forget, so stop saving bottles of beverages for another time and let them know how important they are to you right now. You’ll both appreciate the effort you put into your stay at home date, and who knows; next time it could be your partner doing the cooking!

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The Art of Building Stronger Relationships

The Art of Building Stronger Relationships

Photo Credit Life is all about the relationships we build. While the vast majority of them are superficial and lacking in depth, it is the ones that run deeper that make a real difference to our lives. If you are looking to form more lasting […]

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