Thursday, September 27, 2018

6 Reasons Your Kids Should Have A Hobby

If you have kids and they don’t have any immediate hobbies that spring to mind, it’s going to be in
their best interests if you help them to find one ASAP. Every child should have a hobby - read on
for 6 reasons why and some tips:


6 Reasons Your Kids Should Have A Hobby

  1. Hobbies Are A Healthy Way For Your Kids To Get Creative And Express Themselves
Your kids are free to get creative with their hobbies and express themselves. Whether they
are painting, writing, or dancing, they can really let their imagination run wild and feel like
they are expressing themselves as best they can.

2. Hobbies Can Give Stress Relief
Hobbies can be a great way for kids to relieve stress. Yes, kids feel stressed too! Even playing 30
minutes of Final Fantasy 15: A New Empire can provide stress relief, according to a study on video
games. However, making sure they have a hobby away from a screen is also a good idea.
3. Hobbies Improve Confidence
Hobbies allow your kids to do something continuously and get better at it, which in turn increases
confidence. It also shows them that hard work and effort pay off!

4. Hobbies Teach Kids Patience And Discipline
Having a hobby can teach kids things that don’t always come naturally to them, such as patience
and discipline. They will need to stick at it and this is a great skill.

5. Hobbies Encourage Critical Thinking
Your child may need to solve certain problems when it comes to their hobby. It may be simple,
such as what color to use on their canvas next, or it may be something a little more complicated
if their hobby is building model buildings or something like that. Your kid’s problem solving skills will
improve with almost any hobby.

6. Hobbies Can Give Kids More Physical Activity
It’s always a good idea for your kids to have a couple of hobbies, especially one that involves
physical activity so that they stay healthy.

How To Find A Hobby For Your Kids
How can you find the right hobby for your kids? Here are some pointers that will help you!

  • Set An Example - show your kids that having a hobby is great by having your own. 

  • Sacrifice Space - they may need more space in the house to practice their hobby regularly, so
  • do your best to provide it. 

  • Give A Little Guidance - maybe give them some ideas and allow them to try a few different
  •  things. Don’t force them to do something you liked as a kid if it’s not their thing. 


  • Limit Their TV Time - TV time is ok occasionally, but too much of it will stop them from
    following their creative passions and getting anything done. Think of all of the things they could
  •  create if they weren't watching hours of TV per day. Even reading a book is better than watching
  •  TV! 

How will you help your kids to find their very own hobby? Leave your ideas below!



Saturday, September 22, 2018

What Should You Be Thinking About Post Labour & Birth?

In the build-up to birth, expectations are pretty heavy for how the birth will go. During the last month,
in particular, mothers focus so heavily on making sure the house is perfect and ready for the new
arrival. Moving on to then ensuring that the dressing unit is filled with nappies, wipes, vest, sleepsuits,
blankets, hats, booties… this list goes on. Often times, mothers forget that in the two weeks following
birth, their own body goes through a lot of adjustment. In fact, the first two weeks are just the start.


Photo by Julie Johnson on Unsplash


So what kind of things are worth thinking about?


Well, it is worth bearing in mind you are likely to bleed for anywhere between a few days a couple of
weeks. This will depend on if you are breastfeeding, how the birth went, if you have previous births
or a history of heavy bleeding. Where once it was all about the ultra thick sanitary pads, times have
moved on to a point where there are a lot of choices now, in fact, Innerparents have a brilliant article
on the best postpartum underwear choices.


Your stomach has been bearing the burden of your growing uterus and baby for the last few months.
In the final few weeks, it gets cumbersome. Your core is likely being pushed to its limits, meaning that
post birth you might feel some weakness in this area. In fact, it might cause you to feel slightly
unstable and ‘weak’ in the first week or so. A stomach support belt is an excellent idea for some
extra support.


High energy foods. Labour and birth are pretty hardcore in terms of the energy you use, and the
strength it takes. That on top of growing a tiny human for all these months is pretty tiring work.
So, something you should be mindful of is that you might not have much time to cook nutritious meals
with a new arrival. Ahead of birth, think about prepping some meals and freezing them. Lots of
vegetables, lean meats like chicken and plenty of iron-rich foods. Hearty soups, stews, pasta dishes
and plenty of water in easy reach. This part isn’t about dieting, it’s about replenishing energy and
getting you through the long nights.


Soft, stretchy clothing. While you are likely to be both simultaneously feeling svelte and a little wobbly
in some area, comfort should be a priority. It’s totally normal and is something that most moms go
through. It won’t matter if you’ve had a c-section or given birth vaginally, just having some soft,
stretchy clothing for the first few days is going to be nice and comfortable.


A supply of paracetamol. After a few days, your organs will begin to move back to where they once
were. During this time you might be in a little bit of pain with trapped gas, contracting uterus and
other aches and pains. Take it slow and take pain relief when you need to. Be sure to check with
your GP, or Midwife team to make sure you don’t take anything that is going to cross into your milk
or affect other medication you may be on.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Lexington, Kentucky Mamas: Have You Tried Shipt Yet?


Okay y'all! I hope you are listening up because I want to share something with you guys that is really going to be life changing. Disclaimer: This is only going to be life changing if you live in the Lexington area. Otherwise, life is going to be the same. (Sorry.) 

What I am excited to share with all my local readers is a little thing called Shipt! I recently signed up with Shipt to become a shopper, and I have been having a great time! I wish so badly that I could be on the other side of the fence and be a customer, but, alas, I live too far away! So, what is Shipt? It's essentially a grocery delivery service that allows you to order from either Target or Meijer (if you are in Lexington), and have your groceries delivered the same day! It's Amazing! 

Now, if you are in a different metro area than Lexington, Kentucky, chances are that Shipt is available in your area, and it might even be at more stores than the ones I mentioned! You can get your groceries delivered the same day, and you can schedule your deliveries in advance. And, if groceries aren't what you need, your shopper can pick up a TV for you, a box of diapers, some toilet bowl cleaner, or some nail polish. Whatever you need, Shipt has got you covered! 


If you are just signing up for Shipt, make sure to use this code to save $10 off your first order: 

SHIPTKY 
Just enter this code when you sign up, and you will get $10 off your first grocery order! This service is, logically, great for busy moms, but also perfect for daycare owners, business owners who need to stock their break room, caterers preparing for events, and restaurants that run out of products! Really, check it out! 


Captain Marvel Trailer and Official Movie Poster FINALLY Released! Get Your First Look!

Guyssssss! I am so excited to share this news with you! As a huge fan (my whole household is actually!) of the Marvel Universe, we have been anxiously awaiting any news of the new Captain Marvel film that is coming out in March 2019! Well, friends, today is the day! The official trailer and the movie poster have finally been released! So excited! Check them out!

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom. The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, with Annette Bening, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law. Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL is produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patricia Whitcher and Stan Lee are the executive producers. 






Monday, September 17, 2018

Join Catch By C Space To Influence Your Favorite Brands!

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Why It's Okay To Hire A Maid Service



As a mom, one of the hardest things to keep up with with is housekeeping. It's hard when you are a mom of one, and believe me, it's still hard when you are a mom of four! Add in a few fur babies, a messy husband, and multiple outside the home jobs, and you have the makings of a DISASTER at home! However, it's a weird thing that moms do. We struggle with housework, but then we also feel guilty about hiring a cleaning service. It's so weird! Even in mom groups or family functions, it's almost like we are afraid to admit that we need housework help. It's like a whole other level of "mom shaming", and it's nuts! That's why I am here to tell you it is OKAY to ask for help when it comes to housekeeping, and here's why! 

WE ARE MOMS, NOT SUPER HEROES! 

Yeah, us moms are pretty awesome creatures, but we ain't perfect! (We even use the word ain't sometimes!) It's just literally impossible for one woman to run the entire show by herself. From working all day, to cooking dinner, making sure people get baths, homework gets done, school clothes are ready, that I pay a tiny bit of attention to my poor neglected husband, and so on and so on, there just ISN"T enough time in the day to get everything done. Some things, like feeding your family, or taking a shower, are non negotiable. So, what gets thrown to the wayside? In my case, it's the housework. 

It is SUCH a good feeling to be able to come home to a clean house, not have to stress about it, and not have to do whatever chore it may be that you absolutely hate. (For me, it's bathrooms, and I bet some of y'all can agree!) It frees up enough time for you to be able to hang out with your kids, your hubby, your dog, or your friends. You can catch a movie on Netflix, or go to bed an hour earlier, because, come on, we all need more sleep! Really, taking the initiative to hire a house cleaning service can be life changing for a mom! 

Bottom line, don't be embarrassed or ashamed! Be proud that you are smart enough to hire some outside help to come in and lighten the load for you! I promise, you will be glad you did! Leave a comment below and tell me if you had a housecleaning service come in to help you, what chore would you be most happy to give up? For me, it would definitely be the potties! (Four boys, ewwww!) PS: IF you are looking for a great house cleaning service in the Santa Barbara area, call Nancy at 805-724-7082, or visit her website: https://nancyshousekeepingservice.com/.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Is Online Dating Just What You Are Looking For?



It's definitely NOT something that is on my radar, at least not anymore, but I know a lot of people out there are looking for "the one" and are trying to get back on the dating scene. It doesn't matter if you are just starting out on your love finding journey, or if you are getting back in the game after a bad breakup or divorce, it's not easy for anybody. Especially now, in this day and age, with all of the different dating websites out there, it can be more than a little bit overwhelming! I think that there are positives and negatives when it comes to online dating and dating websites, and we are going to talk a little bit about those today.

I really feel like online dating and dating websites make it easier to meet someone. Now, you don't have to wander around, trying to meet someone in the supermarket. There is no more venturing out to bars, hoping to at least see someone that you might like to give your phone number to. The best part of all, if you ask me, is that the invention of dating websites and online dating also means no more blind dates. Now, don't get me wrong, we love dates, but blind dates are a whole other ball game! I don't know anybody who actually enjoyed getting set up on a legit "blind date" back in the day! Luckily, we don't have to deal with that anymore now that we have a plethora of options available when it comes to finding love!

Even though online dating and dating websites have done a lot to make our love lives easier, it can still be a bit overwhelming. At least in my opinion, it is a little bit stressful, especially when the market is so saturated with different dating websites and places to make a love connection. Whether you are looking for christian dating sites, dating sites for "farmers", dating sites for people over 50, dating sites for people who like rock climbing, dating sites for people who like rock music, or dating sites for people who have pet rocks, you can pretty much bet there is a dating site for you out there! This can be sort of overwhelming and can make it hard to decide where exactly to "jump in" so to speak! It's definitely important to take your wants and needs into consideration when you are thinking of exploring the world of online dating, since you might find that it is more intimidating than you thought, or on the other hand, even better than you originally thought!

If you are a single person trying to jump into today's dating game, I must say that I do not envy you! I would be too scared to jump into the dating game head first today, and things have changed SO much since I was a "dater"! It's funny to think about the fact that it is so much easier to find a partner these days, but it's also a little bit scary and overwhelming when you think about just how much is out there! There definitely is something for everyone, and if you are single and looking for a partner, you are lucky to be dating in the golden technology age! It used to be so very hard to meet people but not anymore! Now, your soulmate could be only a few clicks away! Imagine how crazy that would sound to tell a person who was born just a generation or two ago!

My advice would definitely be to do your research if you are wanting to join a dating site. Some are definitely more reputable than others, and some cater to very different crowds. It is up to you to do the investigation needed to determine which dating website is right for you.Can you imagine the embarrassment and worry you would face if, for example, you accidentally signed up for a "hookup" dating website when you are busy trying to find the love of your life? I can imagine that would be a pretty bad feeling, so don't get sucked into that type of situation! It just goes to show that if you are looking for love, there are plenty of opportunities out there, but don't get sucked into a bad one! Be careful with your decision making when you are in the online dating world, and make sure that you make good choices! However, if you are open to meeting "the one", then my advice to you is to get out there, explore the different types of dating apps out there, and find the one that is right for you! There is nothing to be nervous about and nothing to be scared of, so just jump in!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

What Is The Best Organic Baby Formula? #Organic #Baby #ImportedFromGermany #SimplyTheBest

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As most of you guys already know, so many things change when you have a baby. Things that you would never have cared about before suddenly become super important. One of the things that many women become concerned about during pregnancy and beyond is nutrition. It's only natural for women to want to feed their babies only the best, and sometimes it can be difficult and confusing to know what exactly that "best" can be. Luckily, Organic Baby Food Shop is here to help. 

Created by real parents, Organic Baby Food Shop helps to connect parents with the best organic natural baby food and baby formula on the market today. What I really like about Organic Baby Food Shop is that they are first and foremost a family owned company, which helps me to rest assured that they will always put the needs of families first. They also always offer FREE shipping and great customer service, which makes the entire experience even better! 
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Whether you choose to feed your baby Lebenswert, Holle, Hipp, or even if you are looking for goat milk or cereals, Organic Baby Food Shop definitely has what you are looking for. These are baby formulas that are not the same as the ones we regularly see here in the US, and they are SO much better for babies! In fact, these baby formulas are imported directly from Germany to warehouses here in the USA so American parents can have the same wonderful quality baby formula that other parents all over the world have access to! 

Bottom line, it's totally normal as an expectant mom or a new mom to want nothing but the best for your kiddos. So, what is the best, when it comes to organic baby formula? You got it, Organic Baby Food Shop is where you need to be! You can check out their website to find out more about them, and learn their whole story about why they do what they do, and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with all their latest news! 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Now Accepting 2018 Holiday Gift Guide Submissions!



Oh my goodness y'all! I cannot believe that I am saying this, but it is officially time to start accepting submissions for the 2018 Holiday Gift Guide! This will be my 8th Holiday Gift Guide, which is insane on it's own, but here we are!

I am ready to start accepting sponsors for our 2018 holiday gift guide! As always,we will consider sponsors in all categories, including men, women, children, toys, beauty, health, household, pets, games, tech gifts, food, books, and more! This is by far our favorite time of the year, and we LOVE sharing the hottest gifts of the season with our readers!

Holiday Gift Guide sponsorship works in several different ways! We can accept paid posts for our Holiday Gift Guide without receiving a product to review, or we can accept products for review and feature with no charge. We can work something out with just about any sponsor! If you are interested in being featured in our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide, please reach out to us!

You can reach me at Burton40444@gmail.com, please but "Holiday Gift Guide" in the subject line. You can also reach out to me via the "Contact Us" section of this blog! We look forward to working with you! Happy Holidays!

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