Thursday, January 31, 2019

Breaking Down The Myth of "Women" Drivers

It's amazing that so many modern folks have such a stereotypical perception of women. Case in point
: so-called “women” drivers. Why is this still a thing? We know the cliche by now, women drivers are
quick to panic, they can't drive, and every time they change the gear, it's an arduous task all in itself.
So let's get this out of the way of right now and dispel the myth that women are terrible drivers.

Maybe the question needs to change, if women are supposedly bad drivers, why does this make men
good drivers? While we're not at the point of obliterating gender from the history books just yet, this
disparity in skill is clearly a problem that has been exacerbated by time. As far as the statistics are
concerned in insurance, women drivers come out on top because they pay cheaper premiums.

In skill, a recent study entitled
Impact Of Gender, Organized Athletics, And Video Gaming On Driving Skills In Novice Drivers, the
outcome was that there was no difference in skill between male and female drivers. Gender has no
impact on the skill, but rather, it is the people who, according to this study, took part in organized
sports. It appears that self-confidence is the issue. And while it's the perception that women aren't
very good drivers, maybe lack of confidence is the reason behind this perception.

In the youth contingent, the prevailing issue is to do with modern distractions. If you consult any
accident attorney, the primary culprit of car accidents is always the same thing, distracted driving.
Use of cellphones behind the wheel, despite the increased policing, has resulted in numerous
accidents. While there's a lot to be said about the numerous distractions in modern cars, the
temptation to use the telephone is still a big concern. In the battle of male vs female, there is no one

Why is there such a negative perception of women as being poor drivers? Arguably, it is a stereotype
that has stayed the course. We can go back to confidence as being an issue. But the older anyone
gets, the less their confidence behind the wheel. This isn't specific to any gender.

The technicalities of cars may not be of interest to certain people, and as such, this doesn't result in
one sex being a bad driver, but this is more a reflection on the person. As the modern day vehicles
prove to be more complex and require mechanics to work in more specialized fields, the average
person is unable to fix general maintenance issues.

The myth that women drivers are bad doesn't work in the modern day. Bad drivers are merely
inexperienced ones. And while the female rally driver is still seen as a novelty, hopefully, this goes so
far as to pave the way for more women drivers that show that it's not to do with gender. Skill is the
prevailing factor every male-dominated arena. And, as numerous industries are actively looking to
hire more women, especially in the more stereotypically male areas, like manufacturing, let's hope
that now these myths can be broken down.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Be The Best Boss

Chances are that if you’re out working then you’re either a boss yourself or you work for one.

Despite the fact there are so many managers at every level out there, it seems that finding a great
boss can be like finding gold dust. Whether you work for someone else or have people under you,
check out our guide to great managerial practice and be a better boss today.
If you work for someone else and they aren’t ticking any of these boxes, it might well be time to
get that resume in shape and think about moving on.

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They know your rights…

…even when you don’t. A great boss will stick up for their employees. This might mean defending
them from senior management and absorbing the blows when mistakes get made, even though
when they didn’t make them. They’ll also have a genuine interest in your health and well-being
as well as with your professional development in your work. Find a boss who knows about the
Family Medical Leave Act and you’ll have someone on your side to defend your rights and support
you when your personal life gets tough.

Loves seeing team members succeed

And importantly does not hog all the limelight themselves. A great boss recognizes that their
team’s success reflects well on everybody not just themselves so having a functional hard working
and inspired team on board is going to play out much better in the long run then a team that is
pitted against each other in competition for that limelight.

This type of boss also knows how important it is get their staff trained up and encourages
employees to go on courses and get the education needed to take their work to the next level.

Has high standards

Let’s face it if your boss was a pushover, you probably wouldn’t have much respect for them.
The fact is that someone who expects more from their team will get more from their team. You
may have to work harder to go that extra mile but knowing that you will be financially and
personally rewarded is what drives you forward. You also know that your boss is working just as
hard as you and not shirking their own responsibilities.

Your boss’ standards also extend to outside work and they expect you to use your work time
efficiently so you don’t have to take work home with you and be firing off emails late into the
night. A great boss respects your lifestyle and knows a well-rested workforce performs better
than those pulling all nighters to meet unrealistic targets.

Whether you’re a boss or an employee learning what motivates yourself or your employees is the
secret to unlocking their motivation and achieving a great reputation as someone everyone wants
to work with.

Your unswerving loyalty to your team and desire to get the very best work out of them is what
drives you forward. If you don’t recognize this in your working life, it’s time to start asking
yourself some serious questions.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Shop At Kroger And Save!

You guys! I have been so crazy busy lately! As some of you know, I went back to work full time about a month ago. Since then, life has been crazier than usual, with all four kids in school, three of them teenagers who are all now in their first "serious" relationships, and a ten year old with a busier social calendar then I have ever had in my life! Life is absolutely nuts, but luckily, Kroger has my back! 

First of all, let me tell you guys, Kroger ClickList is life changing! I LOVE the fact that I can do all my shopping from the comfort of my phone and pick up my groceries without even leaving my car! It really does make all the difference in the world! Some nights, after I get off work, and don't pick the kids up from school activities until 6pm, I am barely even able to think about dinner, much less shopping! ClickList is really great! 

If you haven't already been checking your Kroger ads every week, you definitely should! They always have some of the best deals on groceries, and you can even get a free item with the Free Friday Download! Sometimes you can get some really great items, and what is better than free!??! 

I am always thinking about the best deals on groceries, and meal planning has become one of the best hacks I have to keep my life running smoothly! Staying on budget for me is so important, and I am always looking for deals, coupons and offers that will help me get the most bang for my buck! If you are like me, trying to get the best deals on groceries for your family, tbis is life changing! You should also make sure that you are following Kroger's coupon policy, which you can check out at

Do you have any special hacks to keep things running smoothly when you are frazzled and busy? If you do, leave them in the comments below! 

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

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

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

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.


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