Help Your Child Fall In Love With Books With Their Very Own Reading Nook

   Getting your child to enjoy reading can be a mammoth task. It’s not always as appealing to them as a board game or playing outside. Reading is vital for every child’s development and will aid them in their school work. Setting the right scene could make all the difference to your child. Reading nooks and corners can be an easy way of making books and reading fun. Here is a guide to provide you with some inspiration, so you feel confident enough to try it yourself.

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Firstly you need to find a suitable place to have your nook. Is there a spare corner in your living room that could work? Has your children’s bedroom got any room? A nook does not have to be large. It’s should be easily adaptable to the space you have available. You can be inventive and think more creatively about where you could create your nook.

Clear out that cupboard under the stairs and turn it into the perfect place to read all the Harry Potter books. You can even purpose build your nook if you wish. I’ve seen some brilliant ideas, including a fake wardrobe that lead to a winter wonderland, like the one in Narnia. If you use your imagination, you can really bring these ideas to life.

However, we don’t all the have the luxury of purpose built nooks and have to stick to the basics. You can still make it look inviting and spark your child’s imagination. Painting the walls with your child’s favourite book character or using stickers is a great and inexpensive start.

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The seating in your nook must be comfortable. If they are sat on an uncomfortable chair or the floor, they could lose interest quite quickly. Why not fill your space with large patterned cushions or bean bags. Cosy sack have got a great selections, suitable for a variety of different spaces. This is also a great way of bringing some colour into the space if you are unable to paint the walls. Suitably sized chairs may also be useful if your child wants to read alone.

Storage should be another priority in your child’s nook. Go through all of your existing books and get rid of the ones your child may have grown out of. Then find some suitable storage for the ones you wish to keep. Don’t overwhelm your child with too many options. Wooden crates are a great idea and shelves will useful too. Make sure your child is able to reach at least one of the shelves. This will encourage them to choose their own books to read. You can put new books on this shelf or hide them in the crates. They will love hunting for their new storybook. Make sure your storage is in keeping with the feel of your nook or it may look cluttered.

It really is as simple as that. All you need is suitable books, some great storage and seating and a touch of imagination. Let the design adapt to them as they grown and always encourage reading by themselves.

6 Ways to Master Being a Work-at-Home Mom

6 Ways to Master Being a Work-at-Home Mom

With today’s digital age, many stay-at-home moms are now able to be work-at-home moms, allowing them to be with their kids while also running a business out of their home. However, one of the most difficult aspects of working from home that many moms face is trying to juggle both a business and parenting—at the same time.

While it might be challenging, it is not impossible. If you are ready to be a work-at-home mom, here are 6 tips on how to master it:

  1. Schedule

Because both working and parenting are full-time jobs, creating a schedule is one of the most important aspects to finding success with working from home. Consider scheduling out “office hours,” as in setting a goal for how many hours you would like to dedicate to your business during the day. Additionally, schedule when you can return calls, return emails, network, and meet your deadlines. Schedules help to organize everything, making work much less overwhelming.

  1. Tools

Another important aspect to success is having the right tools at your disposal. For instance, since you are working from home, most of your communication is done over email or through an online program, thus it is important your home has high-speed Internet. Moreover, because you may have client information on your personal computer, for their security, as well as your own, it is important you have an Internet security system. For more information, click here.

  1. Nap Time

The most productive time of day is often nap time. When your children are asleep in the next room, you have a solid chunk of time at your fingertips to get as much work done as possible without interruptions, which many moms know is a rarity.

However, because nap time can vary in terms of how long a child will stay asleep, it is important to prioritize your work and stay focused. It can be easy to try to do too many things at once, which can leave you with a bunch of half-finished tasks.

  1. Boundaries

One of the best ways to achieve business success as a work-at-home mom is to set up boundaries. As much as possible, keep your roles as a businesswoman and a mother separate. For instance, if possible, set up an area that is strictly dedicated to your office space. Whether that is turning a spare room into an office, converting a large closet to your office, or even turning the garage into your office, you will find you are far more productive when you have a set space for work.

Kid-free zones can help you stay focused on the task at hand, whereas working where your kids play can lead to distractions and leave you disengaged from work and parenting, as you are trying to do too many things at once.

  1. Plan for Interruptions

There will be interruptions when working from home—it is a fact. The best way to handle interruptions is to plan ahead for them. If on a conference call when an interruption happens, try hitting the ‘mute’ button on the phone in order to keep whomever you are speaking to from hearing the chaos. Once the situation is under control, if possible, reschedule the phone call to a time when your children are occupied.

Moreover, even though many moms do not want to let their co-workers are clients know that they are working from home, more often than not, clients and other business partners are more compassionate if they know the interruption is due to a child, otherwise they might mistake the interruption for rudeness or being unprepared.

  1. Ask for Help

While working at home does have its benefits, giving you the chance to have both your family and career, you may find you want or need someone to help out with your children. Hiring a nanny for a couple hours each day or having a friend or family member watch the kids a couple days a week so you can focus on work is a great way to stay focused and get the important business tasks done.

These 6 tips can help you successfully be a work-at-home mom!

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Essential Cleaning Tips for Busy Moms

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When you’re juggling kids, work, husband and a social life, housework can often be the last thing on your mind. When time is short and the chores are many, keep these tips in mind for a spick and span home in no time at all.

Get help from the rest of your family

We all know the old saying ‘Prevention is better than cure’. So this tip is good to keep in mind before the housework gets out of hand. Organise your family so that each member has a daily or weekly chore they must complete. Keep track of chores and whether they’ve been completed or not using a Star Chart, or you could use a Circle Chart where you can rotate the chores so everyone gets a new one each week.

Make sure you that everyone is capable and know exactly what to do to complete chores properly – you can even get them to work together to complete bigger tasks. But if the house is a mess and you have guests arriving, you need help fast! Design a competition where the person who helps the most wins a prize – a quick way to get some cleaning done.

Make sure you have the right tools for the job

Nothing is worse and will waste more time than trying to clean without having the right equipment. One of the best cleaning tools to have on hand is a powerful and versatile vacuum cleaner. This can help take care of hard and carpeted floors, pet hair, nooks and crannies around the house, as well as dusting and getting rid of crumbs from cooking and eating areas. Powerful and effective vacuum cleaners remove  more than just visible dirt and dust, they can also remove harmful allergens like dust mites and purify the air as you clean, leaving you with a safe and tidy home.

When it comes to cleaning cloths, microfiber cloths are some of the best you can get, making cleaning a breeze by trapping dirt, absorbing moisture and being quick drying, while still gentle on surfaces. A microfiber mop with a detachable fabric base is the perfect tool for cleaning of tiled surfaces, such as in the kitchen and the bathroom. After using the fabric attachments, it’s so simple to just throw them in the washing machine on hot and rid them of any nasty germs that might be lurking around.

Things don’t have to be spotless – clean enough is good enough

It’s so easy for us to put too much pressure on ourselves trying to keep our home spotlessly clean. But as a busy mom with a family such a feat is almost impossible! As soon as something is clean, it won’t be long until it’s messy again.

Taking a more relaxed view towards cleaning can be better for you and your family. In fact, studies have shown that overzealous cleaning may actually be detrimental to your family’s health. Bleach has recently been shown to be bad for children’s immune systems, and using antibacterial cleaning products has been shown firstly, not to be any more effective at preventing disease than other products, and secondly, to potentially lead to the development of resistant strains of bacteria.

In terms of cleaning products it’s better to choose natural and biodegradable products that clean effectively while being gentle on your family and harmless to the environment.

Consider hiring someone to help – it might not be as costly as you think

Sometimes we are just too busy to work a job, look after kids and hubby, and cook and clean for a family – we’re only human after all. If it feels a bit too much to handle, you’re not alone, with a million more people hiring a home cleaner in the U.K. now than just 10 years ago. In fact, these days with many families being dual income and both parents working during the week, having some domestic help is more often seen as a necessity rather than a luxury.

Many people choose a professional cleaning company for peace of mind and quality assurance, but freelance home cleaners advertise in local papers or online classifieds, where you can find a variety of options to suit many budgets. If you have friends who use a home cleaner, you could ask how much they pay so you can anticipate the going rate in your area. Don’t be afraid to ask for references from prospective cleaners, after all, this person will be coming into your home and you need to feel comfortable. Having someone come in and do a big clean once a week can be cost effective and time saving, allowing you to have more time to take care of business, or enjoy with your family.

Choosing a nanny

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Deciding to bring a nanny into the lives of your family is a major decision. Whether a full time, live-in position or a number of hours each week as a live-out post, it’s vital to choose someone who is reliable and attentive. Using a reputable agency such as www.supacare.com will mean you have expert guidance on every aspect of who to employ, so here’s some starter tips to help you think about your requirements.

Identify family priorities

The nanny will be your employee and needs to be a good fit with the family dynamics. The first area to think about is whether you need a live-in or live-out nanny and whether they will be full or part time.

If this is the first time you’ve had a nanny then there must be communication with those who will be sharing their home. It can take time to develop a relationship and thoughts should openly be discussed regarding the boundaries to be set up for both the nanny and the family as well as feelings about such a shift change in childcare arrangements.

Duties of the nanny

The role of a nanny isn’t set in stone. You can tailor the job to the thoughts you’ve already had and incorporate others after talking it through with everyone; it then makes it much easier to find a candidate with the qualifications and experience to match.

Many nannies have a number of responsibilities including:

  • School run
  • Preparing meals for the children
  • Ensuring their rooms are tidy
  • Helping with homework
  • Shopping for their food
  • Guiding the children when they are in their care as to discipline and manners

One area which will need particular consideration is if any of your children have specific physical or learning needs. This will need to be discussed at the outset to find a nanny with experience and qualifications in perhaps lifting and carrying or dealing with behavioural issues. Don’t hire a nanny without this knowledge as it’s not fair on you, the children or them and will lead to a break down in the relationship sooner rather than later.

Experienced nannies are flexible and can also offer to help with other responsibilities if needed. If you are looking for someone to run errands which don’t involve the children or perhaps take on aspects of pet care such as daytime dog walking, include these in the job specification from the start. Nannies who have worked with families for a number of years will expect to see a fully comprehensive picture of what is expected of them.

 

Transport and family holidays

A financial area to consider is use of a car and family holidays.

If your live-in nanny has the responsibility of taking the children to school or to activities and clubs it’s only fair to provide a car for them. This will need to be factored in to the overall budget as will the position with regards to your family holidays. If you have a live in nanny or one who is live out and full time, a decision will be needed as to whether they accompany you on your holidays to continue their role. This will mean paying for an extra flight or transport and an extra room if you’re staying in a hotel or hiring a villa.

Hiring a nanny is an excellent way to free up time and enrich the lives of your children. They will be a boon to your busy day and you’ll know your loved ones are in safe hands. Take your time to find the right candidate, be specific about your needs and then work with an agency which can find you suitable candidates you can welcome.

Top Tips for Getting Fit Post-pregnancy

Having a baby changes your body forever. It’s never going to be quite the same as it was before your pregnancy. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get back into shape once you’ve got some energy back. Celebrity moms make it seems so easy, but we know they have a nanny, a personal trainer and possibly a surgeon to work their magic. For everyday moms, it can be a little harder trying to find the time to get something resembling your pre-baby body. There are ways that you can make getting fit easier, however. Try some of these solutions that could help you.

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Buy a Jogging Buggy

If you were a runner before you had the baby, you could still be one after. Getting out and about once the baby’s born can be difficult. It can feel intimidating to do ordinary things like walk to the store or get on the bus. But once you have the courage to leave the house with the baby, you can use the great outdoors to get fit. Although you could use any buggy to walk or jog, it’s much better to have a jogging stroller. They have better suspension, sturdy wheels and will keep your little one safe. Try going for a run at nap time to help lull your baby off to sleep.

Get on Your Bike

Perhaps you’re more of a cyclist than a runner? If you would prefer to go for a bike ride, you can take your baby along. There are a few ways that you can go cycling with your little one. The first of them is to use a child’s seat on your bicycle. If you don’t already own a bike, you can look at Shinola’s bicycles and other brands to find something you love. Your baby needs to be able to sit up on their own to sit in a seat. Another option is a trailer, which you can attach to the back of your bike. You then pull it along behind you, which you might find more stable than a seat on the back. Finally, a slightly more expensive option is to buy a bike that fits a seat for your baby on the front.

Mother and Baby Fitness Classes

It might feel like it, but you aren’t the only mommy who needs to get back to life and get fit. And since there are thousands of other new moms just like you, there are fitness classes that cater to them. Fitness experts know that it’s difficult to get fit when you have a baby to look after, so they provide classes where you can take your little one along. Look for mommy and baby classes near you and you’ll be able to meet other new moms too.

Work Out at Home

You can also work out at home. It might not get you out of the house, but sometimes you don’t need to go outside. Exercising at home is convenient and easy. You can do it while your baby is sleeping, and you don’t have to get dressed properly if you don’t want to. Buy some DVDs or find some workouts online that you can follow.

Getting fit after having a baby take a lot of work, but it’s not impossible. Find your preferred way to do it and you could make friends and boost your confidence.

From Post-Pregnancy to Proper Parent – The Journey Starts Here

After 9 long, hard months full of anticipation and excitement waiting to meet your little one, post- birth can seem very daunting. Once you have taken your new born home and the visitors start to trail off, suddenly the weight of the task in hand dawns on you and it can be pretty terrifying! Do not panic though, it is completely normal to feel like this; in fact, it would be worrying if you didn’t!

Parenting is a huge responsibility and there is (within reason) no right or wrong way to do it. However, one of the biggest mistakes new parents make is actually worrying too much in the first place: “many new parents have overblown reactions to spitting up, vomiting and other things a baby does, and the baby picks up on that anxiety” says Leon Hoffman, MD, director of the Pacella Parent Child Center in New York. This worrying can take away from one of the most exciting and precious times you can have with your baby, so try to relax! In a bid to ease your nerves and remind you why this is such a magical time, here are some things to expect and even look forward to in your time as a parent.

Parenting Days

As new Mums and Dads, you automatically get entered into the Mother’s and Father’s day celebrations, cue another excuse for pampering! The only downside of this will be that you tend to have to rely on the other half of your parenting force for these celebrations for the next few years. Yet the days do signify a sense of achievement that deserves to be celebrated, and, as people spend more on mums than they do on dads (sorry dads!) it is certainly something to get excited about.

When shopping for the best gift, you can always go for something that will help a new mum or dad. This could be a local housecleaning service or some ingenious parenting gadgets that both of you could enjoy. Or, if you wanted to take the focus away from parenting you could splurge to show your affection with a luxury father’s day gift such as these incredible watch boxes, or some impressive designer stationery for him to use at work.

For Dads, if you’re not sure what to get the mother of your child, while designer clothes may not be the best idea with a new born, you could take a look at other gift ideas such as plus size designer Anna Scholz’s new luxury gifts collection, or a gorgeous Kate Spade changing bag to make her feel glamorous even when she is changing nappies!

Family Holidays

So your previous expectations of a holiday being the time to catch up on sleep and relaxation may need to be re-managed.[1] A holiday with children will never be the same again. However, it does offer you some time to spend with your babies and your significant other away from your usual routine (bar feeding times and nappy changes, obviously). While some parents claim that holidays with babies and children are stressful, they don’t have to be if you’re prepared.

Although airlines prefer babies to be over two days old before travelling, which age after that is up to you. In fact, flying when a baby is younger is significantly easier than when they begin crawling, talking and walking. If you do happen to need to travel when children are this more able, many parents (7/10 in fact) use travel gadgets to keep them entertained; while 8/10 download apps on their smartphones for a bit of peace and quiet![2] If you aren’t able to do this, generally children will find going away quite exciting so try turning the whole experience into a big game to encourage good behaviour.

Holiday Season

While going on holiday can seem like more work than ever, holiday season will seem so much more magical than ever with your baby. On average parents spend around £166 each on their babies’ first Christmas, it is the younger mums and dads that seem to get caught up, spending £245 on their little one’s first Christmas gift.[3] To save money however, buying a few bits and maybe wrapping up some necessary items so they can experience Christmas is enough, then you can put any money you have saved into a Trust Fund for them, or save it for yourselves!

Regardless of how much you spend on your baby at Christmas, you will want to capture the moments that’s for sure! It is a good idea to invest in a quality camera to make sure you don’t miss any good bits; many digital SLRs feature high quality video recording which is essential for recording memories. As you can buy so many different festive outfits to dress little babies in nowadays, it could make for a gorgeous family Christmas picture card to taunt them with when they grow up which is definitely something to help you through the sleepless nights!

Unlike the summer holidays, at Christmas you should be permitted at least some time off to spend with your family celebrating together, which makes child care much easier. If home baking and present making aren’t your forte to try and keep the kids entertained, you can always just employ their help with the wrapping of gifts and decorating of trees, and just fake the baking! Biscuiteers also do some lovely Christmas biscuits if you want to keep up that Nigella image!

Back To Work

Going back to work after what is often up to a year off on maternity leave is tough. Many new mums wonder how they could ever go back to that lifestyle, or even be able to sit down long enough to send an email again. Then there is the guilt; understandably leaving your baby in the hands of anyone but you is daunting, but it must be done.

It is important to remember that you are not alone: 67% of working mums experience separation anxiety on their return to work.[4] In actual fact, however, it has been proven that babies that attend nurseries go on to achieve significantly better GCSEs which could earn them an extra £27,000 in their careers; so you’re actually doing them a favour returning to work![5] If you’re still not sure, have a look around some of the children’s nurseries in your area and speak to other mums there. Many offer an exceptional level of care even from an early age and by seeing this first hand and speaking to others about their experiences it may ease your worrying.

On the career side, with the availability of flexible hours it is incredible how easy it can be to return to the office. Gone are the days where motherhood replaces a career; once you have adjusted to leaving your baby it will feel good to have something else to do and get back into. This being said, flexible hours are still relatively new in business so make sure your company has access to reliable HR advice and that you are aware of your rights as an employee too.

If you are returning to work, even if it is from home, expect to be doing a fair amount of working on-the-go between school runs, appointments and meetings. It is, therefore, a very good idea to invest in a wireless headset that permits hands-free movement which you will be very grateful for. Multi-tasking will soon become your biggest strength and it is better to do this with both hands (legs and feet) where possible. Much like with travel apps to keep your children busy, it is also a good idea to utilise this technology where possible.  The dragon dictation app allows you to dictate an email, message or reminder directly into your phone and so can be used through a headset when driving, cooking or even nappy-changing!

Life with a baby can be quite difficult to adjust to, especially at first. But by fitting the baby in around your existing routines as much as possible, rather than the other way round, you can minimise disruption which will make the baby, and therefore everyone else, happier! There is so much to enjoy as a parent: from your baby’s first smile, words and steps, to the last nappy change you ever have to do, that will make the first few months of hard work completely irrelevant. Until they are, however, just think of all the good things you can look forward to!

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Great Ideas For Evenings At Home After The Kid’s Bedtime

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Obviously, you love spending time with your children.  That does not mean that you don’t feel a certain amount of joy when that time of day comes.  When dinner has been eaten, when they have had their bath and you tuck them up into bed for the night.  If you are like most parents, this is a highlight of your day.  The only problem you can sometimes have is how you are going to spend this time.

Not being able to leave the house without a babysitter can make certain activities out of the question, but as you will see below there are plenty of other things you can do from the comfort of your own home.

Catch Up On Some Reading

If you are a bookworm, it can be hard to find the time when you have kids to allow yourself to escape between the pages of a good book.  This is what evenings at home, chilling out in front of the fire or tucked up in your bed, are all about.  After your kids have gone to bed, kick off your shoes and read that best-seller you have been meaning to.  Not only will the reading help you relax and wind down before your own bedtime to help you sleep better; it will also provide your brain with a workout.  You don’t even have to buy shelves and shelves of books if you invest in a handy and portable e-reader.

Have  A Little Gamble Online

Mobile phones and now tablets have really revolutionised how we live our lives, interact with people and entertain ourselves.  You can now even gamble on them, meaning that from the comfort of your own home you can get the same experience you would if you went to a casino or bingo hall.    Bingo Extra is a great and easy to use website that gives you the chance to wile away the quiet hours in the evening while your kids settle down, chatting to other players and trying to win one of many cash prizes.

Take A Long Bubble Bath

If you have been running around busy all day – cleaning the house, working, feeding and spending time with the kids – it can take it’s toll.  Why not use the time you have to yourself in the evening to pamper and indulge yourself a little by having a relaxing, warm and very bubbly bath.

As you can see there is more than you can do in the evening than just spending it in front of the television.  Whether you try Free Bingo, one of the other activities mentioned above or something else, the rest and “you time” will help you to feel refreshed and ready for the next day.

 

5 Ways to Care for Your Lawn

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The lawn is a quintessential feature of just about any house. A bright green expanse of turf is what many people are aiming for and working towards. But lawns can be hard work! Luckily, there are companies out there like Hancey’s Turf that can help homeowners achieve the highest quality results from their yards. If you’re not relying on professionals to care for your lawns, here are a few tips to help you achieve the bright green, flawless lawn that you desire.

1. Fertilise

Many people think water is the only necessity for a healthy lawn. But lawns need food too, and fertiliser is that food. It can come in many different varieties customised for your lawn type, soil type and pH balance. The outlet where you purchase it from should be able to provide you with recommendations for feeding times and amounts. But, if not, follow the instructions on the back of the packet. Also make sure to look for a lawn-specific fertiliser; most fertilisers specialise in promoting flower growth instead of the leaf growth that lawns need.

2. Mow

Mowing is not just needed in order to keep the grass short and presentable; it is also essential for a healthy lawn. Giving the lawn a short trim every week stimulates growth and the promotion of thicker, healthier leaves. Be careful not to mow it too short as this will have a negative effect. Mowing off the tips of the leaves will stimulate growth; however, mowing off the entire leaf will badly harm it.

3. Core

This is the part of lawn care that most people forget about. If the lawn is being used regularly over time, it can become compacted, and the soil will lose the ability to absorb water and nutrients. It’s therefore important to aerate the soil twice a year. This is the process known as coring. It is easy enough to do this with a garden fork, but there are also specialised tools on the market to do the job.

4. Weed

Weeding is a tedious procedure, but it is necessary in order to ensure your lawn is in the best condition it can be. This can either be completed manually or by using a chemical weed killer. If you are using a liquid, care must be taken in order to make sure the chemical won’t also kill the grass.

5. Water

Watering can sometimes be tough due to water restrictions being imposed in many countries around the world. Always follow the restrictions in your country. However, giving the lawn a quick spray with a hose will benefit it immensely, so make sure to do so if and when appropriate. Check with a specialist or online to see how frequently your particular type of grass should ideally be watered.

Caring for your lawn can sometimes feel like a 24/7 job. But by using the tips above, you should be able to enjoy having a beautiful green lawn in no time. Have some yard care tips of your own to share? Leave them in the comments below!

A Few Simple Tips for Maternity Wear for New Moms

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Being pregnant and watching your body go through changes to accommodate your little miracle can be such a fantastic experience, except perhaps the bit where you don’t seem to fit into most of your favourite types of clothing. It can be an exceptionally daunting experience trying to find clothes to wear that won’t cost more money than you are willing to spend, with the baby on the way.

Fear not, the moo-moo wearing mom to be of yester-year is not something you have to become in your time of excitement. There are fantastic ways to get affordable maternity wear that will make you look and feel like the miracle you are being. This is a short and handy guide to buying maternity clothes that look amazing and cost very little.

  • Understand what you need

Since you are pregnant, your clothing needs differ somewhat from what they were before. The changes your body is going through will make you sensitive to discomfort, heat, and air flow. Your body will need to breathe so it’s not really a good idea to wear stifling and even mildly uncomfortable clothing. Free movement is very important for your comfort, and this should be at the forefront of your thoughts when you are choosing outfits to buy.

Maternity dresses, leggings, and loose tops will be your new best friends over the coming months. A need to dress as comfortably as you can is no reason to give up your fashion sense. You will be strongly affected by the ravages of the climate you live in, so if you are looking for cheap maternity clothes in Australia, be sure to find items that accommodate for a hot and dry climate.

  • More you means more style to play with

A lot of women make their fashion choices based on the fact that they want to hide their big and beautiful bumps, and I can’t help but to ask, why? If ever there was a time in your life where a nice, healthy tummy can be celebrated, it is this one. There’s no need to stick to dark colours and plain patterns to hide your new curves, rather opt for vibrant colours, good cuts, and stylish patterns that will accentuate your natural, mothering beauty, and your blossoming skin.

  • Don’t change your shopping rules

I imagine you have been meticulously crafting your personal style for years. Feeling like you need to change the sense of style you have built is not necessary. The rules for buying clothing don’t simply change because you are pregnant. If you are a jeans lady, they are still perfect for just about any occasion when you are pregnant, so long as they are comfortable. Investing in a descent pair during your pregnancy is a good idea. Just make sure it accommodates for any further growth you still need to go through if you are in the early stages of your pregnancy.

Remember, shop around. There are plenty of places that sell quality maternity wear at very reasonable prices, so there is no need to settle on just a few. If your neighbourhood doesn’t have a wide a range of items available, check the internet. There are some fantastic maternity clothes available online, which offer a wider set of choices for any stylish mom to be.

Above all remember this is an exciting time for you and your family, and that there are a lot of preparations you are expected to make. Once the baby comes, money isn’t as easy to come by as it was before. You need to consider where you are spending it. There will be baby clothes, cots, toys, food, nappies, walkers, and various other baby products which you will need, and which should be a financial priority. Spending all your money on clothes for yourself, if you’re on a budget, shouldn’t really be an option. There are some very affordable maternity clothes available, especially on the net, if you just take the time to look around. The best thing about buying them online, however, is not the possible savings you can make, but the ability to select the outfits you want without having to even leave the house.

How Does Sleep Apnoea Affect Me And My Family?

You may or may not already know this, but sleep apnoea is a serious sleep disorder and occurs when your breathing is interrupted whilst sleeping. If this is untreated it can mean that you stop breathing at multiple points throughout your sleep.

As we’re sure you can imagine, it can be a big strain on your personal life but it can also be quite difficult for your family too. There are a number of effects sleep apnoea can have on you, and these include some of the following:

  • Diabetes
  • Strokes
  • Heart Attacks
  • Heart Failures
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Headaches
  • Depression

This is just a small list of things that can be caused by sleep apnoea but as well as these this disorder can also affect your quality of life too. In fact, it can also have an impact on your daily performance which includes working or when at school and your driving ability too, which can turn out to be extremely dangerous.

With this, if you have to take your children to and from school, do daily chores like cooking and cleaning as well as hold a job, then sleep apnoea can be a real strain on yours and your family’s lives. Not only is sleep apnoea a sleep disorder commonly found in adults, but children can also be affected too, so it is something to be aware of with your children too especially if you have the disorder yourself.

Therefore, it is very important that you try your best to manage your sleep apnoea by consulting with a doctor and trying to keep up with the techniques that help ease your sleep apnoea. One of these techniques is to use a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and is a machine that helps to pump compressed air into your nose and mouth as you sleep o help prevent your throat from closing.

These machines can be a bit of a burden at first but it is important to try and persevere with it as this can ultimately improve your quality of sleep, which in turn will help to improve your quality of life, as well as your families.

Sleep apnoea can have a huge impact on your family but with the help of a CPAP machine and other techniques, you and your family can prevent this sleeping disorder get between your relationships.