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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.

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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 dogsnaturallymagazine.com 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 petinsurance.review 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 […]

Pay Attention, Men! Getting The Spark Back After A Baby

Pay Attention, Men! Getting The Spark Back After A Baby

If you go online, there are hundreds and thousands of articles about preparing for a baby, preparing for labour and how to manage your hormones during pregnancy. They talk about the moments leading up to birth and how you will feel after your baby is […]

Here Comes The Rain: Fun, Weatherproof Activities To Keep Your Kids Happy

Here Comes The Rain: Fun, Weatherproof Activities To Keep Your Kids Happy

Summer is almost over, and if you’re trying to make the most of the dying embers, you may be wondering where on earth the last couple of months has gone. Time flies when you’re having fun, and before you know it, the nights are drawing in, and blue skies have been replaced with rain clouds. Many of us love fall, but keeping kids entertained can often be a lot easier when the sun is shining, and you can spend hours in the great outdoors. If you’re looking for weatherproof activities to keep your children happy this fall, here are some suggestions.

Baking

Most children love helping out in the kitchen, and baking is an excellent way to while away the hours when it’s pouring down outside. Choose some recipes that are suitable for your children, let them get involved, and then enjoy the spoils afterwards. If you have very young children, they can help you stir the mixture, and if you have older kids, they can measure out the ingredients, mix them together and put the mixture into cases or molds. Muffins, biscuits, and cupcakes are popular choices. Once the cakes have cooled, you can decorate them using sprinkles, candy or colored frosting. Once your children become more confident in the kitchen, you can diversify the range of recipes you try and start making savory and sweet treats.

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Role play

It’s really beneficial for kids to let their imaginations run free, especially on a dark, damp day. Encourage imaginative, creative play by setting up scenarios or buying toys that enable them to take on different roles. A toddler teepee, dress up outfits and play kitchens, houses or shops, are great examples. Your kids can spend the afternoon being a doctor seeing patients, a vet caring for poorly pets or an intrepid adventurer returning to camp after a day in the mountains. Get involved in the scenario, let your children show off their personalities and encourage them to create stories and tales and play different characters.

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Arts and crafts

If it’s miserable outside, get out the arts and crafts supplies and let your creative juices flow. You can grab some paints and channel your inner Jackson Pollock with a giant blank canvas on the floor, try your hand at sponge or potato painting or make greeting cards for loved ones. Other activities include drawing and coloring, sewing and knitting, making jewelry and junk modeling. If you’ve got tins, boxes, and bottles lying around, help your children turn them into model houses, robots or animals.

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Unpredictable weather conditions can sometimes put pay to alfresco plans, so it’s always a good idea to have a plan B. If you’re looking forward to spending weekends with the kids, you don’t need sunshine and blue skies to have fun. If it is chilly and wet outside, there are plenty of weatherproof activities you can enjoy at home. Stock up on baking and arts and crafts supplies, find some child-friendly recipes online, get creative together, and let your imaginations run wild.

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4 Skills Your Marriage Needs So It Can Grow

4 Skills Your Marriage Needs So It Can Grow

Pexels If you need some advice about your marriage, here are the four most important skills you need to have within the relationship. Trust A relationship just can’t work out if there’s no trust between the two of you. It’s not easy putting your trust […]


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