business

3 Ways To Handle and Manage Business Success

3 Ways To Handle and Manage Business Success

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Even if you’ve only just started a business on a budget, you should have at least one eye on the future. You might not have the ambitions for your company to take over the world a la Google or Amazon, but you undoubtedly want success. As appealing as this is, it will also come with some issues, especially if you are not prepared for it. To ensure your success doesn’t overwhelm you, here are three effective ways to handle and manage it. 

Know Your Next Move 

Every business should have a plan for success. This should be a goal you want to achieve by a certain point and then how to deal with everything that comes after it. 

If you don’t know your next move, you risk making a mistake, not acting quickly enough, or even misjudging the level of success. You don’t want to plan huge celebrations only to find out it was a mild spike in profits, as this could waste a substantial wedge of your budget.  

Instead, stop and think about what you can do, and approach your next move carefully to ensure you do not make the wrong decision. 

Prepare for Growth 

Whether your business has improved significantly or only slightly, you need to prepare for growth. If you’ve been running your business from your home as a one-person show, this may need to change.

Hiring additional hands will make the increased demand easier to manage, but you will need to consider whether you can afford to hire assistance. Similarly, you might not know what to look for in the perfect employee, and this might end up with you getting burned. 

Increased office space might also be vital, and customer service is another issue to consider. You can’t expect to answer every message and keep people happy, but you can visit click4assistance to find out what kinds of services are available to small businesses that need to manage growth and keep customers satisfied. 

Do Not Forget Your Core Values 

Your core values are meant to mean something. Whether you want to improve the community or focus on putting the customer first, these are values that you cannot change even after experiencing business success.

No business evolves wanting to ditch its core values, but things change. Companies can receive funding to help manage growth, which can put them at the mercy of investors and shareholders. With this, there’s the risk that they try to steer your business in a specific direction. 

This can be a problem. Most small businesses become popular because they offer something different. If you want to maintain your customer base and continue to bring in new customers, you must continue to offer something different to other companies. Otherwise, there will be nothing to set you apart, and this might see your loyal base disappear. 

Successfully Managed 

Many businesses have faltered as soon as they struck success. You will want to avoid this at all costs, and knowing the best ways to manage your success – especially when it seems to happen overnight – will set your company up for further positivity. 

family

Simple Ways To Keep The Family Bond Stronger

Simple Ways To Keep The Family Bond Stronger

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It looks like there is so much to do in such little time that spending time with family can be put to the back-burner. However, that shouldn’t be the case because keeping a strong bond with family takes a conscious and deliberate effort. You don’t expect the familial connection to stay glued simply because you share the same blood. A 5.9% increase in UK families since 2011 strongly indicates how significant this unit is. Take a look at how you can keep yours active and bonded for longer.

Plan a trip together as a family

Family travels and trips are occasions which bring every member together for all the right reasons. However, the core objective is not only about taking the trip together. Instead, focusing on the planning process can make much of a difference. To get it right, ask every family member to contribute ideas to make a memorable trip. Encourage them to express individual activity preferences they would love to participate in. The idea is to make each family member feel their opinions matter, which strengthens the bond.

Furthermore, for younger children, you can try asking open-ended questions to get a sense of what they would love to experience on a trip. When you’re done with the planning process, you realize there is something for everybody that makes it even better. While at it, do not forget to put measures in place to preserve your family travel memories.

Show appreciation often

There is nothing like too much appreciation towards the people you love the most. On the contrary, the more you show or give it, the better the family bond. It’s all about the little things. For instance, saying ‘thank you,’ ‘I love you,’ and other positive words will keep you in their hearts and minds for extended periods. You also have the option to take them out for a family night out in a favorite restaurant.

Additionally, you may want to consider creating a lovebook for your spouse or another member of the family you wish to appreciate uniquely. Fortunately, showing appreciation can be as creative as you want it to be. The most important thing, though, is to add a personal element when showing gratitude.

Try new things together

Sometimes, the apprehension in trying new things out stems from not knowing what to expect. Fortunately, trying it together with family takes care of the fear element. Moreover, it promotes togetherness and ultimately becomes a memorable moment you will all be thankful that you participated in. For example, take an art or dance class together, organize a cooking competition, volunteer as a family, etc. Any new activity that builds upon the bond is welcome. Admittedly, the pandemic has made relationship nurturing more challenging, but you can go around it. For younger children, these new activities develop their confidence and teach them to uphold family values. In other words, everything you do now can become a blueprint in their adult lives.

Last but not least, remember to compliment each other and make a conscious habit of doing everything it takes to keep the family bond more robust. Just like other things in your life, your family deserves to be worked on.

Lifestyle

Losses in Life You Should Accept and Move On

Losses in Life You Should Accept and Move On

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It’s time to move on. You have been through a lot, and it feels as though you are going nowhere. There is always someone who has experienced what you’re going through, and they can help guide the way, but only if you reach out. It’s not easy to admit that life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns, but you need to accept these losses for them not to control you anymore.

Loss of a Loved One

Understandably, losing someone you love can be very difficult. It’s important to remember, though, that the loss of loved ones is inevitable, and everyone will experience this type of pain at some point in their lives. If the death was sudden or due to an accident, it might take longer for people to accept because they did not have a chance to say goodbye or prepare for the loss. 

That’s why it’s important to remind yourself that it is okay to mourn for as long as you want. You are entitled to feel whatever emotions come your way—there’s no timetable on mourning the loss of a loved one. However, it’s crucial to find ways of coping and eventually move on with your life.

Another way to cope with loss is to prepare a meaningful send-off. You don’t have to do everything yourself; just hire burial services to cater to your needs.

Loss of a College Sponsorship

Losing a college sponsorship is not a pleasant feeling. It can be disheartening and cause you to lose motivation. However, losing a college sponsorship will not mean the end of your career. In fact, you should be grateful for this experience as it will teach you how strong and resilient human beings are. 

The first thing you need to do is accept that it happened, and there was nothing you could have done about it. It was out of your control, so why bother holding a grudge or wasting time on something you cannot reverse? Instead, you should put all your efforts into finding another sponsorship. It is not easy, but it will most likely be worth the effort in the end.

Loss of a Job

Loss of a job can be tough to handle, especially when you are not expecting it. While it is okay to feel bad that you lost your job, don’t let those feelings of sadness and depression linger. Instead, accept the loss as an event in life and move on.

Keep yourself fit mentally and emotionally to get through another job search until you find what you’re looking for.

Loss of Friendship

Sometimes you can be friends with someone for a long time, but then they do something that breaks the relationship apart. If this happens to you, it is important not to blame yourself or wonder if there was anything that you could have done differently because there isn’t in most cases. The only thing left for you to do is to accept the loss and move on.

It is okay to take a break from social media or certain friends for a little while if it helps you cope with what has happened, but don’t completely cut them out of your life forever because that will only cause more problems down the road. The important thing is to learn from this experience so that it doesn’t happen again.

Loss of Money

Loss of money can be stressful, but all you need to do is accept the loss and move on. You cannot change what has happened in the past, so it’s time for things to look up from now on wards.

Conclusion

In conclusion, losses in life are inevitable. However, you only need to learn how to accept them and move on with your life. To do this, you must also learn from past mistakes to avoid making similar decisions.

Winter

Winterising Your Workplace: Some Do’s And Don’ts

Winterising Your Workplace: Some Do's And Don'ts

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With winter on the way, it is around this time of year when we all need to start thinking more carefully about whether our workplaces are set up for winter. It’s not just a matter of ensuring that colleagues and customers are happy: it’s also an important health and safety matter.

While you can’t control the conditions outside, you certainly do have a say over conditions inside. Here’s what you need to do to prepare your business from the coming cold weather and stormy conditions.

Do Make Sure That Your Building Is Ready

Winter can be tough on your building and the infrastructure it contains, so before winter arrives, make sure that you have a comprehensive maintenance plan in place. Do any essential plumbing and make sure that you get engineers to service your HVAC. Ensure that all systems are ready to operate, should the weather suddenly take a turn for the worse. Avoid allowing pipes to freeze in the cold weather at all costs, as this can cause tremendous damage. 

Don’t Neglect To Provide Heating

Some premises don’t have central heating systems. In the summer, this isn’t a problem. However, the moment temperatures start to fall, it can make things unpleasant for customers and colleagues. 

Ask yourself, do you need to hire a heater or boiler? Having a heating system on hand can help you make conditions more pleasant, particularly if you’re going to be outside. 

Do Promote Safe Driving

If your employees commute to work by car during the winter, they are at higher risk of an accident. According to data, around 116,000 people get injured every winter because of adverse weather conditions. 

As a business, therefore, you can promote safe driving. You can encourage employees to winterise their vehicles, and get them to take alternative means of getting to work. You can also provide them with education on avoiding drink driving over the holiday season. 

Do Reduce Slippery Surfaces

Around 40,000 people suffer injuries every year because of icy, slippery surfaces at work. It’s an incredibly common occurrence, but also something that you can easily avoid on your premises. If you think that there is a good chance of icy conditions, hire a company to grit all your car parks and drives. Also, if you operate a warehouse facility liable to ice buildup, distribute salt and grit indoors too. 

If there is any wet flooring, put up signs warning people that there is water on the floor. Place mats at building entrances to prevent people from dragging slippery moisture in on their shoes. Mop away any water building up in your interiors quickly before it becomes a slip hazard. 

Don’t Forget To Create A Safety Plan

Before winter arrives, it is a good idea to develop a safety plan. Having a proper plan in place can help protect you in the event of litigation or if the authorities decide to inspect. You can get plenty of help online creating a compelling safety plan if you haven’t done it before. 

Lifestyle

4 Tips To Help You Maintain Focus While Working From Home

4 Tips To Help You Maintain Focus While Working From Home

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Whether you work from home or in an office, your workspace can be your oasis of productivity. Many people struggle to maintain focus at work. Still, it becomes even more difficult when you’re working at home and distracted by family members and other day-to-day elements in the household.

Here Are Four Tips To Maintaining Focus

Keep a Schedule

Plan your day so that you know what you need to do when. For example, if you tend to lose track of time watching Netflix, set an alarm for every one hour so that you don’t go overboard with streaming shows because not only will it affect your sleep schedule but also your ability to accomplish tasks during the daytime hours.

If you tend to get sidetracked easily by social media, try blocking the sites one at a time during designated times throughout your workday. Blocking certain websites will help you stay focused on more important tasks instead of wasting time scrolling through pointless posts.

In addition to planning your day, it’s important to have a workspace that sets the tone of productivity. For example, having a messy desk with papers and other miscellaneous items strewn across it doesn’t exactly scream, “I’m going to get my job done today.” 

On the contrary, creating an organized area with proper Home Working Furniture where everything has its place shows that you’re serious about being productive and results in fewer distractions so you can accomplish more at home.

Dress for Success

You’ve probably seen it before: the picture of the guy working at home with his feet up on the coffee table, eating bacon and eggs while wearing pajamas. The message that it sends is that you’re comfortable enough to work in your PJs, so why would you get anything done?

A big part of being productive at work comes from feeling good about what you’re wearing. So whether it’s nice jeans and a collared shirt or putting on some high heels instead of slippers, make sure that your clothes motivate you to do well on any given day.

Divide and Conquer

Sometimes, despite your best intentions, you can’t finish all of your tasks by the time that day comes to an end. When this happens, instead of feeling defeated, it helps to prioritize your workload to take care of the most important things first. 

For example, if there are five items that need attention but one is due today, then place that one at the top of your list so you can cross it off before focusing on the others. It’s also a good idea to concentrate on one task at a time so you won’t feel overwhelmed.

When You’ve Hit a Wall

Everyone gets those times where they just can’t get motivated to accomplish whatever task is at hand. So sometimes, it’s best to take a break and come back later when you’ve collected your thoughts/energy. 

If you find yourself struggling unsuccessfully for more than an hour, it might be time to break away from the project for a while. Going outside or simply taking a break can do wonders in reviving your motivation so that you can simply pick up where you left off with greater success.  

In Conclusion

Being productive at work isn’t just about what you’re working on but how comfortable of an environment you’re in, which determines if your mind will drift elsewhere or stay focused on the task at hand. Creating an organized workspace, dressing appropriately for work, and giving yourself some downtime during mental roadblocks can make a huge difference in how you get your work done.

Garden tips

How To Enjoy Your Garden All Year Round

How To Enjoy Your Garden All Year Round

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As winter rolls around and the nights draw in the time spent outdoors greatly decreases and instead more and more time is spent within the confines of your fours walls. That doesn’t have to be the case, however. If you have an outdoor space then there is nothing stopping you from enjoying it all year round. Here are some ways in which you can make the most out of your garden month after month. 

Make it comfortable

Comfort is king. If you want to sit and enjoy a space wherever that space may be you want it to be comfortable. Fortunately, the days of white plastic garden furniture are long gone and outdoor seating has been replaced with rattan, cushions and loungers. On a hot summers day sit back and relax on your sun lounger and in the winter bring out the thick blankets and snuggle up on your large comfortable rattan furniture. 

Add a shelter 

Shelters are a great addition to any garden for every season. They provide shade in the summer, warmth in the winter and somewhere to hide from the rain in between. You could opt for a pergola covered with a natural shelter of foliage and flowers or an awning or outhouse. Shelters come in many shapes and sizes and for all budgets, whether you choose temporary fold up gazebos or oak frame kits to create the look and feel you want; investing in a shelter is one of the best ways to ensure you can use your garden all year round. 

Light it up

It’s well known that with the winter comes darker nights and if you want to enjoy your garden on a winters evening then chances are you will be sitting in the dark. The right garden lighting can transform the environment and experience so ensuring there is ample and adequate lighting all year round is a must. Just because you are outside doesn’t mean you need bright and harsh lights, instead, keep it soft and serene with warm low lighting to subtly illuminate the outdoor space. 

Think about the season, and accessorise accordingly

Enjoying your garden all year round brings with it a number of seasonal considerations you will need to make. In the summer you may want to ensure you have mosquito-repelling candles or burners, together with ample amounts of suncream and potentially anti-histamine. In the darker and colder winter months then outdoor heaters and blankets are a must.

Make it social  

As with anything getting more people involved and creating a social event is a great way to enjoy a space, whatever the weather. Use your garden as an extra room to socialise in, have a fire pit party and toast smores and enjoy sparklers with the family. Hang fairy lights from your pergola, fire up the pizza oven and invite guests around for an outdoor pizza feast. If you have decent seating, appropriate shelter and good lighting you can enjoy a social event in your garden all year round. 

Planning

How to Choose the Entertainment for Your Wedding Day

How to Choose the Entertainment for Your Wedding Day

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Keeping your guests entertained is an important part of your wedding. They’ve come to celebrate with you, but they also want to have lots of fun. If they’re bored, they might as well just be at home. Your wedding is for you, but it’s also for your guests. If it wasn’t, you would just get married on your own without bothering to invite other people. So providing entertainment is essential to keep your guests happy, and it also makes your wedding more enjoyable for you too. When you’re planning, choosing the entertainment is one of the most important things to do. You have various options that you can choose from if you’re looking for the right entertainment for your wedding. There are also a few things you’ll need to think about.

Consider the Size of Your Wedding and Venue

Before choosing entertainment for your wedding, you should consider the size of your wedding and your venue. The entertainment you choose should be appropriate for both, so you don’t want to have something that’s too “big” for the venue or the number of guests you have. You also need to avoid having entertainment that doesn’t really have enough impact if you have a larger wedding and a larger venue to fill. It needs to be something that all of your guests can see or hear properly, and that they are all able to enjoy.

Keep Your Guests in Mind

If there’s one thing that you should remember when choosing entertainment for your wedding, it’s that you have to entertain your guests. Of course, you should choose something that you enjoy but it shouldn’t be something that only you enjoy. Your guests should find it entertaining too. And if it’s good enough, they might even be talking about it long after the wedding too. Thinking about your guests can be tricky because you can’t always please everyone. But there are entertainment options that most people will like, even if it’s not to every guest’s taste.

Decide What Sort of Entertainment You Want

Now you’ve thought about some of the key factors that affect your entertainment choice, you need to think about what sort of entertainment you want. Music is a good starting point because you likely want to get people dancing at the reception. You could have a DJ, a band or performer, or you could have a combination of both. A DJ can allow you to have a slightly more eclectic range of music, but a band can also cover different genres if you prefer live music. As well as music, some other entertainment options could include dancers, a magician, a comedian, or perhaps even something more interactive like games for people to play or a quiz.

Browse Your Options

Once you’ve decided what type of entertainment you want to have, you can start looking for options. You could get recommendations from other people if you’re not sure where to start. It’s also easy to start finding some possibilities online by searching for what you want. You should be able to easily find a wedding band for hire, a DJ, a string quartet, or whatever else you might want to have to keep yourself and your guests entertained at your wedding. You can find individual websites for entertainers or there are also directories that you can discover with listings for you to browse.

Meet in Person

If you’re considering a certain option for your wedding entertainment, it can be a good idea to meet them in person. It will allow you to get a feel for them and ask some important questions about the service that they provide. While this isn’t always possible before your wedding, it can give you a chance to make sure they’re right for you. You might also be able to talk on the phone or over a video call if you can’t meet them in person.

Know What Questions to Ask

Knowing what questions you should ask anyone who is providing you with wedding entertainment will help you to check that they are the right choice. You’ll need to ask them about things like setlists, how you choose the music you want, whether a DJ will take requests, if a band needs a lot of time to set up, and more. Take the time to ask what they need from you, as well as what they can give you.

The entertainment for your wedding day is one of the most important parts. Choose carefully to find entertainment that you and your guests will love.

Parenting

Methods Of Lowering The Daily Stress Of Becoming A New Parent

Methods Of Lowering The Daily Stress Of Becoming A New Parent

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Anyone who has been a parent for a while will know all about the stress and strain of being a mother or father. Those without children will only see a select few scenarios of parenting, but the truth is so much more than what you view when you visit or when you look at social media. Parenting is pretty difficult as it’s a 24/7 job. Even when you aren’t directly taking care of them, you have worries and lots of jobs to do. You’ll never stop being a parent once you become one. 

The stress is something that a lot of people struggle to deal with. Depression and nervous breakdowns are common among parents both young and old. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that can be done in order to lower the stress and anxiety that comes with having to raise kids – both in the lead-up to the birth and the subsequent parenting. Here are five ideas that may help:

Plan Out Your Days And How The Future Will Go 

Things are always much easier with a plan. If you plan out what you’re going to do with your family or future family, then you’re going to remove a lot of anxiety. Uncertainty is a killer for a lot of people because it makes people fear the unknown and makes them feel perilous. Knowing how your days are going to pan out will help out so much with soothing your mind. 

Ensure All Other Domestic Issues Are Handled 

Becoming a parent will obviously weigh on you most for most of the day, but there will be other things in life that you must handle. At home, you have plenty of jobs. You’ll need to keep everything clean and ready for the baby (or babies), of course. You’ll also have to ensure things like energy bills and other financial dues are paid. If you can remove some fundamental stresses, it makes things a lot clearer for you to become the parent you wish to be. 

Buy Absolutely Everything You Need

If you have all of the equipment and apparatus necessary to make parenting an easier job, then, by all means, take the opportunity. You’re going to need a lot of things in your favour when parenting as it’s a job that can take its toll on you. Companies such as Foryourlittleone can help you out hugely as they have an array of products for you and your partner to sink your teeth into, fortunately. 

Always Ask For Help 

You’re not going to know how everything works and you’re not going to be able to handle every single task. You will need someone else to come in and take the stress away a lot of the time. Be it friends, family members, and nannies – make sure you have people on your phone who will be willing to step in. 

Adopt A Positive Mindset Leading Up To It All

If you’re positive and you believe everything’s going to be okay in the end, then it makes the job even easier to deal with. Thinking about what might go wrong is a way of ensuring that things WILL go wrong.

Pet care.

How To Handle A New Puppy Safely

How To Handle A New Puppy Safely

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The birth of a puppy is an often eagerly awaited event but also a source of stress for owners, here are some tips on the first steps to be taken for newborns. Puppies should be born in a warm enough environment (around 25° C), because they are unable to raise their body temperature to fight against the cold. They must of course be protected from drafts of course if you are birthing them yourself at home. However, if not and you are collecting your pup, then you must be aware of the differences between breeds. Labrador puppies will be different from Havanese puppies for example.

Disease and health

Many female dogs are carriers of the Herpes virus, which they pass on to their young at birth. The puppies then easily develop the disease if the environmental conditions are not favorable: one observes a weakening of the puppies, with a delay of growth, or sudden mortalities. It is therefore necessary to ensure that the temperature of the room remains between 22 and 27°C during the first 10 days of life. It is important that puppies start suckling soon after they are born too as this aids their health. The first milk (colostrum) indeed provides essential elements for the defense of the puppy’s organism against microbes!  

The sucking reflex, and therefore appetite is a sign of good health in the newborn puppy. Do not hesitate to help the puppy find the mother’s pacifier. 

Toys

Choose toys that are very resistant, even almost indestructible. Try experimenting with different textures to see what your puppy (let’s call him Rex for example), will prefer and what will stimulate your pup the most. Don’t give him all the toys at the same time! Offer him a toy one week and another the following week! Try to remove toys from time to time so that he rediscovers it later and so that he does not get bored! Provide him with toys to pass his advice about chewing on everything in your house!

Little by little, teach your puppy to be alone

Be careful, it is very important to spend time with your puppy when it comes to your home. We even advise you to take a few days off so that you can familiarize yourself with each other and have the time to give them the basics of the education you expect or even introduce them to their new environment. However, in this context it is also important to prepare your dog to be alone. Gradually prepare your dog for your absence. It is best to get used to it as you go. Don’t leave it all alone all at once! If you don’t want him to mess around too much, leave him in a small space initially – maybe your kitchen will work best if it is warm. In any case, this space should be reassuring for him and he should be able to find his bowl and his toys there. Of course, provide toys to occupy him and allow him to think of something other than your absence!

Finance

Are These The Reasons Why Your Energy Bills Are So High?

Are These The Reasons Why Your Energy Bills Are So High?

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Love them or loathe them (admit it, it’s the latter), you can’t get away from your energy bills. Oh sure, you could barricade your mailbox to deter the mailman from gaining access, but your energy bill companies would still find a way to reach you. 

If your energy bills aren’t too high, you probably aren’t that worried about them. But if they seem to be escalating, there has to be a reason why.

So, consider the following. Are these the reasons why your energy bills are so high?

You haven’t shopped around

When it comes to all of your expenses, you should make an effort to find the best deals. This way, you won’t pay more money than you should and you will have more to put in your savings.

Unfortunately, at the time of writing, it has been announced that many energy companies are hiking up their prices. You can still pay less by comparing deals online, however, and switching if you find a better deal than you are on at the moment. You might still have to pay more than normal because of the price hikes but you should be more better off than you otherwise might have been.

Your home isn’t well-insulated

If you regularly turn up the heating because your home is overly chilly, it might be because your home isn’t well-insulated. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to benefit from that extra heat, as it will escape through your walls, roof, and windows. 

So, rather than turn your thermostat up another extra notch, now might be the time to insulate your home. You can do this in a number of ways, such as paying for loft insulation or by replacing old windows with energy-efficient uPVC windows. Sure, there will be an expense, but as your home will stay warm, you will have lower energy bills as you won’t have to keep cranking up the thermostat.

There have been changes in your energy use

Are you using more energy than you used to be? If you have recently bought any appliances that aren’t energy-efficient, this could be one reason why you are facing bigger expenses. 

It might be that people in your home have stopped using energy-saving habits too. If they are leaving their devices plugged in when they aren’t using them, and if they are leaving your home lit up like a Christmas tree as they move around the house, then you will see a hike in your energy bills. 

You can monitor the energy usage in your home with a smart meter, so if you haven’t already, contact your energy company and get one fitted. 

Finally

These are just some of the reasons why your energy bills could be higher than expected. However, we haven’t covered everything here. Your gas and electricity meters could be faulty, so the fault might not be yours. Contact your utility company if you suspect this could be the case. And it might also be that you are using certain appliances more often than is normal. This was certainly the case for many of us during the pandemic. So, consider where the problem might lie and then take any steps necessary to reduce your bills. 

wellbeing

Where Is Your Get Up And Go?

Where Is Your Get Up And Go?

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From time to time, we can all feel a little bit flat – and that is fine. We need space to deflate sometimes and just take stock of everything going on in our lives. 

But if you find your motivation for things you love slipping away, it might be time to give yourself a little pep-up!

Take a break

If you find that the pep in your step has gone, that might be your body’s way of telling you that you need a break. 

So take a break for a few days and simply recoup those energy stores. 

After a few days, you should be well-rested and ready to take on the world again!

Hire motivation

If you are skipping your workouts, or you keep meaning to go to the gym, it’s time to hire someone who will make sure you reach your goals even on your worst day. 

The best personal trainers will get you up and out and ready to tackle a workout. 

Working out and any type of exercise increases the happy hormones in our body. Those happy hormones give us a big natural boost of get-up-and-go. 

Goals

Most humans have this great trick – if you set a goal, you become motivated to meet it and even excel beyond it. 

It is similar to setting deadlines and completing to-do lists. 

You get a tremendous sense of achievement when you check the goals off, which fills us with joy and purpose. 

If you aren’t setting regular goals for things, it might be time to try it out and see if it works for you. 

Watch stuff

There are so many content creators out there that you are bound to find one that you enjoy. Look for content creators that focus on motivation, productivity, and simple tricks to help people be their best selves. 

LifeHack has a great list of 20 videos that might give you some great ideas and get you up and going again. 

Future Fun

We talked about setting goals, but it is time to plan something fun. Try to find an event, place, or person that you want to see in the future. 

Consider everything you need to do between then and now, and another task closer to the fun thing. 

You can also plan a fun thing to do each day too so that once you have tackled your day with the ferocity of a hungry lion, you can do something fun. 

Find your peace

You might be feeling a little worn down or restless and unmotivated because you have a lot going on. Finding areas of your day to create a little bit of peace is essential. 

Peace comes from many places. You might incorporate a walk into your daily life, where you are surrounded by greenery and silence. Or perhaps listening to a podcast or sleep story can help you gain a little clarity. 

Most of the time, we push ourselves a little too hard for a little too long when what we need is to sleep a little longer and love ourselves a little more. 

Get more great tips from my Health, Fitness + Wellbeing posts! 

health

Do Teeth Naturally Fall Out Over Time? Or Is It Our Lifestyle?

Do Teeth Naturally Fall Out Over Time? Or Is It Our Lifestyle?

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Most adults start losing their teeth in their thirties. It starts as small things – the odd filling here and there. But then as we get into our forties and fifties, the pace increases. Eventually, more than 90 percent of people have missing teeth, fillings or a combination of both. 

So what’s going on here? Is it natural? 

The answer is not really. Yes, when people get very old – we’re talking over 90 – the gum starts to become less capable of holding teeth in place. But the vast majority of tooth loss before that time happens either because of illness, trauma or decay. 

Serious Illness

In some cases, serious illness can lead to tooth loss. It turns out that many diseases, such as cancer and diabetes, lead to a loss of oral health which, in turn, makes tooth loss and extractions more likely. 

Trauma

Some people also lose their teeth because of trauma. Physical blows to the face can knock teeth out of the jaw. 

The good news is that dentists can repair many teeth that get knocked out. Often just storing the tooth in a glass of milk and then handing it to the dentist can enable them to reposition it and hold it in place. 

Trauma can also result from chronic jaw clenching. If you grind your teeth at night because you’re stressed out all the time, then that can weaken the gum over time. 

Gum Disease

However, by far the biggest cause of tooth loss is gum disease. This is where bacteria slip down the side of the tooth and cause infection that weakens the gum holding it in place. 


Decay

Decay is also a problem. This occurs when bacteria get inside the tooth itself and cause it to rot – something you can learn more about here. 

How To Prevent Tooth Loss

The good news is that you can actually prevent tooth loss over the long-run. It just requires getting oral hygiene right. 

Having a healthy mouth involves more than just brushing your teeth, flossing or using mouthwash. It also requires eating the right way. 

The biggest problem in the Western diet is “sticky” foods. These are foods that your saliva can’t easily sweep away, causing them to remain in your mouth for longer. Because they are in your mouth for a long time, it gives bacteria more time to feast on them. That way, they can churn out more harmful byproducts, causing disease and infection. 

The biggest culprit is sugar – something that our bodies never evolved to handle. But there are other threats too. Anything containing refined flours, such as breads, cookies and so on, is a major issue. Small particles remain in the mouth for a long time, and bacteria love to feed on them. 

To keep yourself safe, avoid these foods. Stick to whole foods if you can. Not only will it make your teeth healthier, but the rest of your body will thank you for it as well. 

Tooth loss isn’t one of life’s inevitabilities. But preventing it requires a change in lifestyle. 

Dangers

Keep Your Kids Safe From Some Of The Greatest Dangers

Keep Your Kids Safe From Some Of The Greatest Dangers

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As a parent, it’s important to understand some of the key dangers that your child can face. We’d like to believe that our kids are perfectly safe and totally free from home, but this isn’t always the case. That’s certainly true once they start gaining more independence and living their own life. Here are some of the dangers that you need to be aware of and the steps that you can take to guarantee that your child is protected. 

Physical Harm

First, you need to make sure that your child is safe from the threat of physical harm. Your child can be put in harm’s way when they are walking home from school or when they are out with their friends. They might even be being bullied which we will discuss more a little further down. If you are worried about the danger here, then you need to make sure that you are teaching your child how to defend themselves. You can do this by looking at martial arts classes for kids. This is a great way to guarantee that they do learn self defense. 

Online Activity 

Be aware that not all the dangers that your child could face are physical. It’s equally possible that your child will face dangers online. The greatest threat here is going to be your child speaking to someone that they don’t know. This is quite common these days in the world of online gaming such as Fortnite and Among Us. Both of these are highly popular with children under the age of 15. You can keep your child safe by ensuring that they understand how to protect themselves. For instance, you should alert them that they should never give personal details out to someone they don’t know online. 

Bullying 

As mentioned, bullying can lead to significant danger for children. Some parents see bullying as a way to help their child develop a thicker skin. While this can be a benefit, bullying can also get serious very quickly. You need to make sure that you  are on top of the situation and you should be aware of everything that is happening to your child in real time. This could include activity online and in person. You should also not be afraid to get the school involved if things start to get out of control. 

Self Harm


Finally, it’s important for you to understand as a parent that self harm is far more common than most people realize. Some reports suggest that as many as 70% of teens will self harm before they reach the age of eighteen. That number might scare you and perhaps it should. Since we’re on the subject of self harm it’s also important to note that this isn’t always about gaining attention. This form of harm can be addictive, similar to drinking or even drugs. As such, your child might need the support of a therapist to recover.

We hope this helps you understand some of the key steps that you can take to ensure that your child is safe from some of the common dangers that they could face in the world today. 

budget travel

How To Save For Your Next Holiday

How to Save for Your Next Holiday

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Travelling is one of life’s great experiences. Seeing new cultures, amazing landscapes, and revelling in other countries’ rich histories. It’s unparalleled.

The only catch is that these experiences are often expensive. First, there is the abroad travel, whether you go by car, boat, or plane. Then there’s the cost of staying somewhere, the cost of food, plus the cost of any experiences you have, like entry to a museum or a ticket to see a show. Then, on top of this, there are all the nitty-gritty costs you forget about.

It can feel overwhelming, looking at how much it will cost you to go on holiday – especially when you have a big family to pay for.

But it doesn’t need to overwhelm you. By starting early and using these easy saving tips, you don’t need the cost to stop you from having a great holiday.

Start saving early

Last minute holidays are really tricky to save for because you have to come up with the money in no time at all. Instead, book your holidays well in advance. Not only will they be cheaper this way, but you’ll also have more time to save. Once you’ve got a date in mind, start saving immediately. The earlier you start, the less financial burden you’ll feel.

Make saving part of your routine

Saving always feels easier when it’s just a part of everyday life. In the same way you budget so much money towards your food budget, you should also budget a certain amount to be saved each month. It doesn’t have to be loads – look at the date you’d like to go on holiday, and divide the amount by your amount of time. This terrifyingly big number should divide into something much more manageable and less scary looking.  

Put your savings somewhere smart

It can be tempting to use your savings. Maybe something comes up, like a car maintenance issue, or you’ve got a wedding and need a new outfit. In these moments, you might think to yourself: “It can’t hurt to just dip into the holiday savings.”

The problem is that, once you’ve dipped in once, it’s easy to dip in again. Before you know it, you don’t have enough savings to afford your holiday.

For this reason, you should think carefully about where to store your savings. Putting them in a savings account means it’s harder to access them immediately, so your impulse control is mostly done for you.

Another perk of a savings account is that you can earn interest on them, adding to your savings. The interest level will depend from bank to bank, so shop around for your best option.

If you want to risk making even more money, you could put your savings into an investment in the hopes that, when you need them, you can sell it off and make even money. This could be an investment in stocks or even currencies like Terra (LUNA). Make sure you do your research first to ensure you aren’t taking an unnecessary risk.

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Noah’s Ark Wooden Toy Review

Noah's Ark Wooden Toy Review

Disclaimer – We were sent this product for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Have you heard of Jaques Of London? they are a family run business who have been inventing and making toys and games since 1795. They believe in the power of play and quality family time spent together.

Dylan has had great fun playing with the Noah’s Ark Wooden Animal Toy. This toy has a removable lid, 14 wooden animals and 2 wooden people. All of which are painted beautifully in a non-toxic paint, making them perfectly safe to play with. The wooden toy is made of premium 100% FSC approved wood and the craftsmanship is beautiful.

Curiosity Can Be Fun

When Dylan was playing with this wooden toy set his curiosity kicked in and he had great fun removing the lid to find it has two storeys and even a folding bridge too. He loved all the brightly colored animals which we enjoyed playing with together. The fun with this toy is endless, we enjoyed finding the right animal to go in the right cut space in the ark, we enjoyed teaching Dylan about the animals, colours, sounds the animals make and Dylan’s most favorite thing he enjoyed was picking the animals up and putting them inside the ark, which really helps with his fine motor skills.

Quality Time Through Play

Bradley enjoyed reliving his youth and shared the tale of Noah’s Ark with Dylan, whilst using the ark and animals as a visual stimulus to play along. I am not sure who had the most fun out of the two as they both loved the quality time together listening to Daddies story whilst playing. Bradley was even doing the animal sounds and singing which really grabbed Dylan’s attention. The size of the animal pieces are of a perfect size and the ark itself is 25.5 cm x 20 cm x 14 cm.

Imagination Is A Beautiful Thing

Noah’s Ark has so many educational benefits and will help develop Dylan’s imagination beautifully. This Ark has already helped engage Dylan’s imagination, as it is already starting to show when having story time using the ark as a visual. Learning should be a natural process and whilst playing with the Ark this will help Dylan to practice stacking, recognize shapes, colours, encourage creative play and help Dylan’s recognition of animals. There are endless ways to learn whilst playing with Noah’s Ark and Dylan’s creativity can be well and truly unleashed.

Play is such an important part of any child’s development and all of Jaques Of London toys are lovingly hand-crafted and designed perfectly to give children multiple benefits.

Noah’s Ark is perfect for children aged 1+ and with Dylan just turned one years old this made a perfect gift. Look how beautifully wrapped it arrives. It arrives gift perfect!

We have already been looking at toys for 2 year olds to plan ahead and they have an awesome selection.

Jaques of London even offer you the opportunity to get 15% off. To take advantage of this offer pop over to https://jaques.games/15off where you will find more details.

Whether you are looking for a gift idea, something educational or simply something fun Jaques Of London have you covered.