Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Creating a Safe Home For Your Little Ones To Grow Up In



As soon as you become a parent, your child becomes the world to you. You want to provide the
absolute best for them and you want to protect them at all costs. It’s not all too surprising that we
tend to wrap them in cotton wool every single time we leave the house with them. There are so many
dangers and hazards outside that we really do need to keep a constant eye on them in order to ensure
that they don’t run into trouble. But it’s important to remember that there are a whole host of
potential dangers and hazards that exist within our own homes that we need to protect them from too!
Now, you can’t keep an eye on your child twenty four seven. You are bound to have to look away for
a few moments at some point or another - and anyone with young children will be able to tell you, it
only takes moments for them to explore and get themselves into a pickle. The good news is that your
home environment is a lot easier to monitor and regulate than the outside world. So, it just takes a
little planning, organisation, and safety checking to create a comfortable and safe home environment
for you and your little one to relax in. Here are a few areas that you might want to focus on to get the
ball rolling in the right direction!


The Whole Property


There are certain things that you need to do to protect your whole property and everyone inhabiting it
or spending time in it. These are rather broad sweeping, but they could be some of the most important
changes that you make to your home, so let’s start here. First of all, you should ensure that you have
smoke detectors with alarms on each floor of your property. Preferably, you would have one in each
room, but generally, one per floor should suffice (depending on the size of each floor of your home, of
course). Smoke detectors will be able to alert you to the presence of fire relatively quickly after it
establishes itself. This can give you the opportunity to evacuate yourself and your little ones from the
house if there is a fire present. You should also ensure that all walkways in your home and exits are
clear and unblocked. This will give you a clear and fast route out of your home if disaster strikes.
Another type of monitor that you should ensure your home is fitted with is a carbon monoxide monitor.
Carbon monoxide is often referred to as the “silent killer”, as it odourless, invisible, and extremely hard
to detect naturally. A carbon monoxide detector, however, will alert you to changes in the carbon
monoxide levels in your home and will set off an alarm should they rise dangerously high. Again, this
will provide you with the opportunity to evacuate your home and call for help if necessary.


The Kitchen


The kitchen can be a dangerous place for children - there are all sorts of dangerous objects in here
that you can’t necessarily get rid of, as they are essential for running your kitchen. So, try to keep your
kids out of this area, especially when you are cooking. Of course, they are still likely to wander in at
some point or another, so there are extra steps that you can take to remove a few dangers from their
reach. Store any dangerous equipment or utensils on the work surfaces that are high up and out of
your child’s reach. Place locks on cupboards at lower levels, so your child can’t get in and help
themselves to food - plastic wrappers can be a real hazard. Also make sure that there aren’t any
chairs or steps that your little one can use to climb up to the worksurfaces. If any of your appliances
have leads to plug into the wall, make sure that the leads are kept towards the back of worksurfaces,
so your child can’t pull at them and find a kettle or toaster falling down on them.


Your Backyard


If you have a backyard space, this is great for your children. It gives them a space where they can
explore and play outdoors. This exposes them to a whole host of new sensational experiences.
However, it can expose them to dangers too. You really do need to keep an eye on your backyard
and regularly check it for changes that could prove dangerous for your child before letting them out
to play each day. Start out by surveying the space. You want to keep an eye out for large or sharp
rocks that could have made their way into the grass. You will also want to keep an eye out for dead
animals - sometimes cats can drop prey that they have caught in your garden, or an animal could
have died naturally from disease while passing through. If you find anything, you can call
Pest Control to pick it up and remove it for you. Avoid using poisons and other forms of repellents to
keep wild animals from entering your garden - your little one could pick them up and consume them
yourself. Instead, simply make sure that there is no food in your backyard to draw animals in. Once
you have checked that all of the ground space is clear, you should turn to checking out your fences
and gates. You need to ensure that there aren’t any cracks or splinters that your little one could
catch themselves on, and you also need to ensure that there aren’t any gaps in the fences that are
small enough for them to crawl or squeeze through. This will help to secure the perimeters.


The Bathroom


Many parents tend to think that there isn’t a whole lot in the bathroom, so there isn’t much that can
harm their children in this space. But you still need to be vigilant. If you store medicine in the
bathroom, make sure that it is in a locked cabinet well out of the way of your children’s reach.
If you have razors, make sure that these are locked away too. The same goes for any toiletries
and products that your child might mistake for juice or something edible. You might also want to
invest in a non-slip mat to place inside the bath when your kids are bathing and a bath mat on the
floor for when they exit (allowing them to dry their feet as soon as they step out). This can reduce
the chances of slips and falls.


Their Bedroom


Kids rooms can get pretty messy at a pretty fast rate. Toys end up flung around the entire floor. But
encourage your children to clean up after themselves once they are done playing. Placing toys back
in their proper place can help to reduce the number of falls your kids have and it can significantly
reduce the amount of crying induced by accidentally standing on Lego bricks. Invest in some sort of
toy chest or other storage space, so your kids can easily toss all of their toys in with minimal fuss
and hassle.

There are always going to be potential dangers present anywhere that your child goes. But at least
you can monitor and minimise these dangers within your own four walls. So, implement some of the
above steps into your household regime in order to protect your children as best you can!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Kid-Friendly Places To Travel To In Europe


Travel is one of the most rewarding experiences you can give your kids, and Europe one of the best
places where you can do that! Here are some of the very best family-friendly places you should cross
off your bucket list before they're all grown up.


London, England


England is such an obvious choice for European travel and for a good reason! International flights to
London are amongst the most frequent, and so many of the must-see things for you and your kids are
right there in the capital. Madame Tussauds, The London Dungeon, and the Harry Potter tour are
some obvious choices. There's also all the more typical tourist attractions like Big Ben and the London
Eye, all within easy reach. And if you need a break from all that running around, London has some of
the most beautiful parks for you to relax in. Regents Park and Green Park are top on our list; what
about yours?


Munich, Germany


There are so many beautiful places to visit in Germany! Munich is a great place to start with kids, for
its Toy Museum in the Old Town Hall, the interactive toy shop Obletter Spielwarne where they can
play for hours, and the 90 acres of Tierpark Hellabrunn, the Munich Zoo. Munich is also home to
Neuschwanstein Castle which is said to be the inspiration behind Disney's Sleeping Beauty; perfect
for any little princesses in your life! The Glockenspiel at Marienplatz is a huge draw for anyone young
and old. Twice a day visitors gather to watch as 32 life-sized figures reenact historical events. You will
likely hear English everywhere, but a little German won't do you any harm before you travel. You could
use fun apps like Duolingo, Memrise, or FluentU to help engage your children. A fun way to prepare
for your vacation as a family, perhaps?


Rome, Italy


For starters, where else in the world are you going to get the best pizza and gelato than Italy? But
when you've finished stuffing your faces there are so many things in Rome for you to see and do.
The Colosseum is where you should head first, packed with history, culture, and some of the best
selfie opportunities around. There are also walking and tasting tours, gladiator schools for
reenactments, and the Vatican museums, crypts, and chapels for you to explore. And if you work up
a sugar high with all that gelato you can always climb the Spanish Steps. Guaranteed to wear anyone
out!


Paris, France


Not just a city for those with romance on their minds! Paris is a perfect destination to share with your
kids. There are the must-see tourist attractions like the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, the Nature
History Museum and the Louvre that are educational as well as being fun, and tasty treats in
patisseries and boulangeries everywhere you look to keep you going for all that exploring! The
Luxembourg Gardens are beautiful, with lots of great places for family picnics and a huge playground
for kids to play in. And if amusement parks are your thing then Jardin D’Acclimatation is definitely
worth a visit. French just happens to be one of the most popular languages to learn in the world,
so if you decide to brush up on the basics before taking your vacation, you might want to try websites
like French Podcast, Listen&Learn, or Rosetta stone to make your family adventures even more
exciting!

Where do you want to head first?

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Mom Life Hacks You Need In Your Life

When it comes to motherhood, there is no doubt about it that it can be one big roller coaster ride.
There will be downs and loops, but there will be incredible highs and fast paced moments. It is a thrill,
that is for sure. But, it can also have you feeling frazzled at times, especially as the role of homemaker
can often be left to the mome to handle. While as moms, we are probably more equipped to handle it,
it doesn’t mean that it isn’t overwhelming, and the pressure can get to you. So here are some of the
mom life hacks that could help make it easier.




Having a family organiser or binder


This can become a big essential part of your household, and it can help your whole family get involved
with the management of your home. A family organiser or binder can include everything when it comes
to your home. It will have your timetables and schedules, it might include family planning such as
vacation lists or birthdays. It could be a resource for names and addresses of friends and family,
numbers for the ac contractor or heating repair guy. This binder or organiser can help you and your
family stay on track. It may take some time to create, and there will be plenty of free printable online
to help you get started.


Meal planning can save you time and money


On a more specific level, meal planning can be a huge help to any home. Meal times can often be the
time of day that moms struggle with the most. It can be a time where children become fussy, it can be
a time where you feel you don’t have the time to cook something nutritious, you can feel frustrated,
and stressed. Meal planning can help you stay on track. It gives you a chance to buy what you need,
saving you money and reducing food wastage. It can also help manage expectations with family
members.


A cleaning schedule can help your home feel better


Cleaning can be a big bug bear for any mom, and often leaving the cleaning and the laundry to one
day means it feels more like an impossible task than something you can complete. Like meal planning,
a cleaning schedule can help you stay on course. It may be that you allocate certain chores to do per
day, and spread things like the laundry across the week rather than letting it pile up. There are plenty
of cleaning schedule online to help you create one that will work for you and your lifestyle.


Delegation could be the answer


Finally, who says that you need to be the one responsible for everything. Now might be the time to
start thinking about delegation. Could your children have chores? Could your partner be more involved?
There isn't a one size fits all strategy, but doing what works for you and your family is the best course
of action.

Let’s hope these mom hacks help you moving forward.

Alternative Activities To Consider On Your Next Getaway



When we think of vacations, we tend to think of booking a flight and accommodation package to a
sunny destination where will find ourselves near to beaches, in complexes with pools, and where we
can access luxuries such as all-inclusive food and drink. But it’s important to remember that this isn’t
the only option you have! While it can be extremely relaxing and enjoyable to lounge around and
really relax, you could always consider an alternative form of holiday or even just incorporating an
alternative activity into your excursion at some point or another. These tend to be the kinds of things
that make your get away something to truly remember! So, let’s take a moment to look at a few
different options that are out there. You might end up trying them out and really enjoying them!


Camping


Camping might not have sprung to mind at first when you considered different ways to spend your
time away from work and your usual responsibilities. But hear us out. Camping is a great way to get
away from the hustle and bustle of the city and to immerse yourself in nature. Once you’ve chosen a
spot, figured out how to pitch a tent, and managed to create some sort of campfire, you can really let
your hair down and relax. It’s the perfect combination of excitement, adventure, and refreshing change!
Now, this may not be the best idea if you were planning on getting away alone. While few people
would genuinely consider a solo camping trip, it’s still a good idea to point out that it’s best to camp
in a pair or as part of a group. This provides you with a little more safety and security while you are
out in the wilderness. It means that there’s always someone there to have your back and to administer
first aid or call for help if necessary. It’s also good to be familiar with a few pieces of safety information
before you head out into quieter territory. Sure, you’re unlikely to have to pull any serious survival
skills out of the bag during a weekend trip in an approved camping location. But it’s best to be aware
of some basic health and safety information.


Don’t Eat Anything You Didn’t Bring Yourself -
this sounds obvious, but some people do get caught up in nature and end up deciding to forage
for natural matter to eat themselves for the sake of authenticity. But avoid this. Take food with
you and onyl eat this. There’s a good chance you’re not familiar with natural flora and the
difference between something that’s edible and something that’s not can be difficult to spot,
even with guides and google to help.


Always Wear Shoes - you might have taken some sort of mat to roll out outside your tent and
feel comfortable walking on this in socks or bare feet. But avoid taking your shoes off when
outside your tent. There could be sharp rocks, debris, or even things like abandoned fishing
hooks on the ground.

Avoid Crossing Rivers - most rivers have a bridge over them. Use these. It’s difficult to
determine depth and current before getting in.


A Wine Trail


Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or you have an occasional glass of red at home, a wine trail can
make an extremely fun addition to your trip. There’s just something really wholesome about traversing
the vineyards that produce this drink that is enjoyed the world over. You can also learn a lot of
intriguing trivia regarding how the wines are made, how different soils affect flavour, and how
region and storage can affect a wine’s value. Companies like www.hermannwinetrail.com offer a
variety of different trails tailored to different tastes and preferences, so make sure to look through
what’s on offer and book in advance in order to ensure that you head out on the best trip to suit
your needs. Whether you’re into cheese and wine, chocolate and wine, or would like your wine
paired with a BBQ, there’s bound to be something that you can incorporate into your trip.


Wildlife Encounters


Heading overseas can see you encounter a host of things that you’ve never encountered or
experienced before. You can cast your eye over landscapes you’d never imagined, you can listen
to languages you will begin to want to understand, you will try foods that excite your palate in ways
your home country’s familiar food no longer does. But one thing that tends to really raise interest
when heading somewhere new is the wildlife that lives there. When you are at home, you get used
to the presence of local fauna. But foreign creatures can conjure up a real sense of intrigue and
excitement in us. Now, if you do want to see some wildlife while you are away, make sure that you
see these creatures in the wild. Every year, the tourism industry makes huge amounts of money from
tourists paying to see captive animals. But this is unjust. These animals do not have any choice and
are exploited. Even if they are kept in seemingly good conditions with good care, they deserve to be
in their natural habitats, rather than being enclosed and having their freedom taken away for the sake
of people looking at them. When it comes down to it, it is an act of cruelty to go to zoos, captive safari
parks, or water parks with marine life. Also avoid attractions that offer you the opportunity to get up
close to large creatures and predators like elephant rides, camel rides, Tiger Temples, and circuses.
These animals do not actively or naturally want to spend time close to humans and in order to get
them to, they are generally abused or sedated in order to be forced into submission. Instead,
encounter animals in their natural environment. Sure, this can be frustrating, as there’s never any
guarantee that you will definitely see the creatures. But if you do, it will be all the more rewarding.
 Some good options include:
*Swimming in areas where dolphins are known to frequent. It is generally best to do this with
an official tour company, as dolphins tend to stay far out, so you will need a boat to get near.
You also need to know that dangerous animals such as sharks don’t frequent the waters.

*Safari. These are particularly popular in Africa, where the wide variety of terrain encourages
encounters with a host of different creatures. From those inhabiting the savannahs to those
inhabiting swampland, desert, and forests.

*Snorkelling and diving are great opportunities to check out beautiful sealife. Depending where
you go, you could encounter turtles, a whole host of fish, corals, and maybe even seals.

*Whale watching is the perfect chance to see nature’s giants where they belong - in the sea.
*Make sure to take a pair of binoculars with you and to prepare to get wet. Whale watching
 boats can often get splashed!


Skiing


If you don’t mind the cold, you could ditch the hot destinations in favour of a ski trip. While skiing has
always been acknowledged as a great winter sport, it has become an increasingly popular
recreational activity over the past couple of decades - particularly amongst more active individuals.
Skiing can give you feeling of being rewarded, as you pick up a new skill. It also offers an adrenaline
rush to those of us who are seeking a thrill. There’s nothing quite like speeding down a stunning white
expanse of snow! Don’t worry if you’ve never skied before. The majority of retreats make sure to cater
to everyone’s needs. Whether you are a beginner who’s never wore ski boots before or a pro who’s
looking to head down some seriously challenging slopes, there will generally be something to suit you.
Just make sure to conduct a little research into the different places you’re considering checking into.
If you want to try out something a little alternative to skiing, consider snowboarding. This is similar,
but will require a slightly different skill set and different techniques.


Water Sports


If you head to busy and commercial beaches, chances are that there will be some sort of hut offering
water sports equipment or activities. Make sure to head over and check out what they have to offer.
A day otherwise spent lounging on the beach could be brightened up by something as simple as
banana boating, hiring a jet ski, or heading out on a fun float. Just make sure to bear your personal
safety in mind at all times and make sure that the company provide you with a life jacket if you’re
going to be heading out into deep waters.

Sure, it can be nice to stick to routine. But it’s also refreshing to incorporate something a little new
and adventurous into your getaways too! So, consider some of the above options. They could really
make your next vacation one to remember.

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