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Sunday, 4 December 2016
Saturday, 3 December 2016
We all want the best for our families. But one of the most important things that we all wish for is good health. It can also be a bit of a grey area when it comes to doing whats best. You want to keep your loved ones happy and keep them protected. Sometimes, both aren’t that easy to achieve.
If you’re looking to make some changes in the New Year, then focusing on the steps you can take towards better health as a family is a great idea. It doesn’t take a lot of thought, but with patience and consistency, you can ensure that your family is both happy and healthy heading into the New Year.
Get Out And About
The weather might be awful; you might not feel up to it, and your little ones might make a fuss, but it is important to get out as much as you can. Getting your blood moving every single day is a great way to enjoying a better level of health. Walk to the park, explore a local forest or just jump on your bikes and see where you end up. It will do you all the world of good.
This one is often seen as boring, but it’s so important. Finding better health isn’t all that doable unless your body is properly hydrating. Pick up a water infuser or a really big jug and get experimenting. Your little ones might not like the taste of water, but if you add in strawberry, cucumber or lemon, they just might.
Track Your Steps
If you do start to get out more, or if you’re a lover of the great outdoors, start to track your steps. You might think you’re moving lots, but you might not be - a tracking device will tell you whether you are not. They’re easy to use and might help both you and your partner to practice what you preach.
Eat Well And Enjoy It
Eating well isn’t easy, but it can be enjoyable if you’re willing to put the effort it. Let the little ones get involved with planning, and they’ll soon see why it’s important to eat right. Search for some fun smoothie recipes online. All kids love milkshakes, but this is a healthy alternative and a sneaky way of getting in more of their five a day.
Sometimes, you just can’t be too careful. You might be doing all that you can to keep your entire family happy and healthy. But, a safety-net like a personal health plan is something that you can invest in to make sure you have all of your bases covered when it comes to health.
Make It Fun
When you decide to actively work on your health as a family, you might be met with a few moans. It’s understandable; health has such a boring stigma stuck to it. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t make it fun. Let the little ones shop with you and explore the different fruits and vegetables they can try. Turn exercising into a game. There’s lots of ideas and options available for making your journey to health enjoyable.
Top Everything Up
And sometimes, it’s better to be safe that sorry. Children should be getting in the right amounts of vitamins and minerals to support their growth. If you really can’t be sure that their levels are right, then top them up with multivitamins or specialist vitamin tablets for children. You can never be too careful.
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016
As the end of pregnancy approaches, expectant mothers tend to go through a variety of different emotions.
If this is your first pregnancy, then you're spending a lot of time anticipating the new arrival, of course. The rest of the time you're tempted by the foetal position yourself, as you panic if you can handle this - "this" being birth, parenting, getting up off the sofa.
If you're there, done that and got the baby before, then you're probably a little more sanguine. You have the benefit of knowing that's coming. Or... the curse of knowing what's coming - there's no deluding yourself this time around!
Even with all of these emotions swirling around, it's a time when most women want to feel serene and calm. They want to be perfect miracle-of-life goddesses, preferably in a field, wearing a flower headband. Unfortunately, this strikes at the exact point at which your body isn't so on board. It wants to pee and eat and nest and worry.
The nesting instinct is a particularly strong one. And unlike a sudden desire to drink petrol, it's pretty harmless too. It's worth indulging if it helps you feel a little more in control, at a time when everything seems to be happening without your say-so. All you can do is wait, so you might as well do it constructively.
Where to focus depends on your interests, but one of the best areas to consider is how regarding the birth. Or, more importantly, how you're going to go about recovering from it. No matter if you are going to be having a natural delivery or a caesarean, it's still going to take some recovery from. Giving birth is an important biological process - and of course, it likes to make its point known.
If you're not sure where to start, here's a few ideas to kick you off on the road to as pleasant a post-birth as possible.
New Mummy Matters 1 - Comfort Reigns Supreme
You're probably not going to be running any marathons in the aftermath of giving birth, as your body takes a time to recover. One way to shorten this is to look critically at your furniture and wonder how it can be improved.
There are two particular areas to focus on. If you're going to be nursing, then you're going to need somewhere comfortable to do it. Make sure the chair is supportive but soft enough to keep you comfortable as you recover. Secondly, you're going to need to grab as much sleep as possible, so a quick look at a Tempur guide can help find a mattress that will suit. If you've only got time to have five instead of 40 winks, better make sure they're good ones!
New Mummy Matters 2 - Clutter Be Gone
The first few weeks of being a new parent involve a fog of tiredness and fatigue. As mentioned, your body is taking a hit right at a time when you need to be on your guard. Take the opportunity now to reduce as much clutter in your home as possible.
The key here is to make things as easy to find as possible. Go through your kitchen drawers, the bathroom cabinet, and even any existing kids' room and ensure it's running smoothly. Throw away and get a rubbish collection for any bulky items - you can usually do this by calling your local council.
New Mummy Matters 3 - Stock Up On Everything
Okay, here's how this works. Think of all the things a new baby is going to need. Now, go and buy lots of them. Several of each item; store them in your home wherever they will fit.
Okay, done that? That was quick!
Now go and buy more.
This isn't just mindless consumerism. It's taking advantage of you having the time to do this now, rather than in the exhausted first days. You will go through the essentials (baby wipes, clothing, bottles, etc.) faster than you expect - and 2 am on a cold morning is not the time to discover it. Stockpile as much as you can to make the first few weeks a little easier.
Also, think of your nutritional needs. Post-birth, you're going to be in a rush. If you'd struggle to make it around a supermarket at this stage in your pregnancy, then use a delivery service. Avoid perishable items in favour of frozen where possible - and that doesn't have to mean "bad" food. Vegetables are actually more nutritious when they have been frozen.
With the above done, now all you need is a baby! Good luck!
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Sunday, 27 November 2016
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Black Friday weekend is nearly here, and that means crazy savings, crazy crowds and all round craziness. Here are a few items that are on our wishlist for the weekend ahead. The UGG sale is where we start. These classic chestnut gloves feature a snug sheepskin lining and are a perfect Christmas present for anyone who is in love with this quality brand.
(Classic 2point Gloves, was £125 now £64.99. 48% off)
Sticking with UGG, we have these UGG mule sheepskin slippers on the wishlist. They come in a range of colours from chestnut, dark espresso, black/grey or midnight. Nothing beats a comfy pair of slippers over the festive period.
(Scuffette Mule Sheepskin Slipper, was £70 now £52.50. 25% off)
Moving steadily on to the heavy duty coats and Jackets that will keep you warm whilst also being stylish and practical. The Barbour sale is an obvious choice with padded quilted jackets and quality made waterproof winter coats, like this men’s smart zip up waterproof waxed jacket.
(Barbour Rebel Waxed Jacket, was £199 now £140, 30% off)
For the women's choice is a trendy waterproof quilted jacket, with padded stitched lining and fitted look around the waist, that compliments any outfit choice.
(Barbour Buryhead Quilted Jacket, was £159 now £111, 30% off)
Finally, on the list are two fragrances in the perfume sale that should be on everyone’s Christmas list. First is our favourite women’s eau de toilette from the Chanel Chance range (Chance Unexpected) a constellation of surprising scents from vanilla to an exotic jasmine scent.
(Chanel Chance Unexpected, Eau De Toilette 50ml, was £49 now £52 6% off)
For the man’s pick, the Bleu De Chanel au de toilette has a masculine enigmatic scent that is irresistible to the senses.
(Bleu De Chanel, Eau De Toilette 100ml, was £46 now £43, 7% off)
Whatever it is you’re looking for this Black Friday, shopping around is the best bet to finding the biggest deals.
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