6 Ways To Keep Cool In The Heat

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Although summer is well underway, it is never too late to start thinking about ways in which you can keep yourself cool. With temperatures due to soaring over the next few months, you need to be sure you are as prepared as you can be when it comes to cooling down. Whether you try to plan around the heat or you invest in a portable charger, you need to put your health first this summer. With that in mind, here are 6 ways to keep cool in the heat: 

 

 

  • Wear Comfortable Clothing

 

One of the best ways to ensure you’re staying cool in the heat is to think about the clothes that you’re wearing. Although you may feel as though the best option is to wear as little as you possibly can, often it comes to down to the type of material you are wearing. Materials like cotton and silk are problematic when it comes to heat, so you might want to switch them for something breathable like linen. For a guide to the best materials to wear during summer, you can visit this site here. 

 

 

  • Stay Out Of The Sun During Peak Hours

 

The sun is at its strongest during the hours of 12 and 3, so you may want to consider avoiding the sun during those hours. If you’re out and about and finding it hard to stay out of the sun, make sure you’re taking regular breaks to sit in the shade with a refreshing drink. Not only will it help keep you cool, but it will help prevent you from getting sunstroke. 

 

 

  • Find Places With Air Conditioning

 

Another great way to keep cool during high temperatures is to seek out places with air conditioning. Whether this means finding restaurants and stores with AC or ensuring the holiday property you’re renting has a unit, you need to be sure you have the option to go and relax in an air-conditioned room if you need to. 

If you’re living in a hot country and struggling to keep your house cool, you may want to consider buying a unit from an AC parts store

 

 

  • Carry A Portable Fan

 

If you don’t have the option to dip in and out of places that have air conditioning, you may want to consider carrying around a portable fan of your own. Although they’re not as powerful, it will definitely help in the short term. 

 

 

  • Use A Misting Spray

Similarly, using a misting spray is a great short term way to keep yourself cool. If you’re out and about and have limited access to shade, this may be your best option. To buy misting spray, you can visit this site here. 

 

 

  • Drink Plenty Of Water

 

Finally, you need to ensure you are drinking as much water as you possibly can. Not only will it help keep you cool but it will help prevent sunstroke. 

Are you looking for ways to ensure you’re staying cool this summer? What do you need to do? Let me know in the comments section below.

The Best Ways To Avoid The Trove Of Unwanted Gifts After A Wedding

It’s a part of just about any wedding reception. You’re opening gifts with your new spouse, delighting in all the thoughtful ways that your loved ones have helped you start your wedding off with excellent gifts. Then you open one that has you exchanging furtive, understanding looks with your spouse. Some gifts are going to be duds but what can you do with the gifts you have no time or use for and what can you do to prevent them in the first place?

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Welcome gift cards

Sometimes, you might have no idea as to what, exactly, you want, and your guests aren’t going to have a clue if you don’t. Instead of simply letting them go wild, you can offer them an easy out by recommending gift cards. A lot of people like to avoid giving gift cards because they don’t have the sentimental or immediate value that a wrapped-up gift might have. However, if you offer that out, you can be sure some desperate wedding attendees are going to take it. It’s a way for them to avoid handing over cash directly, which some people don’t like, and still, offer you plenty of versatility in what you eventually end up using it for. Gift cards deserve more appreciation!

 

Make cash an option

You might have no qualms about asking your closest friends or family members to consider cash instead of giving a physical gift. Some might worry it looks a little tacky, but few gifts are quite so comprehensive in their appeal or quite as versatile. However, if you’re putting together a list of suggestions or registry, you could phrase it more diplomatically. For instance, you can phrase as “help pay for the honeymoon” or “new home fund”, showing your loved ones the value of money as a gift, rather than just a pure dollar value.

 

Don’t be shy about what you want

Online registries make it all the simpler to list out exactly what you need or want, taking the stress out of choosing for your loved ones. When creating registries, it’s important to manage your expectations of how much you can expect people to give and to include gifts in all price ranges so that they have options. Seeing a registry full of triple-digit figures can be imposing and even a little insulting to some. You can also set up an online wishing well for cash gifts. They’re even more secure than physical wedding wishing wells as, unfortunately, we’ve all heard stories about the wedding funds going missing due to a few imposters or even opportunists lurking amongst the guests.

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Suggest some alternatives

You should always manage your expectations on who you can expect gifts from and how much they’re willing or able to give. Traditional wedding etiquette goes out the window if someone doesn’t have the budget for a lavish gift, so instead of being bogged down with low-cost knick-knacks, recommend some alternative gifts that cost nothing you would appreciate if someone lets you know they might not able to splash the cash. You could ask them to bake something for you if that’s their talent, or for a free babysitting session so you and your spouse can have a date in the future. You can be mindful of their trouble with buying gifts while still making it feel like they are appreciated for what they can offer.

 

Turn your gifts into cash

The tips above can all help you mitigate the likelihood of being buried by a pile of unwanted gifts but, realistically, you should expect at least a couple of duds along the way. If you don’t know what to do with a gift, then you can always consider having it converted into cash. Some people are aware of the risk of having given an unwanted gift and will include a receipt, but that isn’t super common. Some stores may allow returns without a receipt, so finding out where it came from and making a request could still help. Otherwise, you could always sell it online. You might not get as much as its full value in return, but it’s better than getting nothing but a gift you don’t know what to do with hanging around, taking up space. If you can’t get cash for it, you can always check online swapping sites to see if you can at least get some value out of it through a different item in return.

 

You can always donate

If everything else fails, then you shouldn’t let a gift simply go to waste. For some unwanted items, like those that are unfortunately personalized in some way, it can be harder to get rid of them, but most items will have a good home waiting for them. Online donation sites are connecting people more directly with those who really need them. Even if you feel a little bad about simply giving away a gift that someone put thought or money into, you can rest well knowing that you’ve done a good deed.

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Be grateful

Unwanted gifts are unfortunate. But those who make a point of addressing them are nothing short of a disaster. Be kind to your guests, even if you have reason to suspect there is some ill-will behind a misbegotten gift. Don’t hold it against them, don’t call them out, and don’t insult their gift. Send them a thank you note as genuine as you would for anyone else. If someone does discover that you have since disposed of an unwanted gift, it can be a little tricky, but it should still be handled with understanding. Regardless of what the gift might be and how unwanted it may be, it still took some thought and investment, so don’t forget to show your gratitude.

 

Navigating unwanted wedding gifts can be tricky but, hopefully, some of the tips above show you a way to do it without losing your friends and family. At the end of the day, try not to worry about it too much. They’re only going to occupy your mind if you fixate on them.

The Best Ways To Keep You and Your Family Safe – On the Road

We all love the convenience of owning a car – don’t we?  And it can be especially useful when you have a family.

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The school run, dropping your kids off at sports practice, taking them to the soft play center – whatever it is.  Even everyday activities like shopping can be really difficult when there’s a houseful of you – but no transport.

 

So we wouldn’t, for a minute, suggest you don’t continue to use yours – just drive safely, that’s all.  

 

So how do you drive safely?

Always wear a seat belt

It goes without saying really, doesn’t it, but seat belts save lives – so make sure you always wear yours.  Emphasize their importance to your kids too – and tell them never to share belts between them.

 

Fortunately, many newer vehicles now come with alarms to warn you if you’ve failed to click on your seatbelt before setting off.  But, if yours is not one of those, get into the habit of making it the first thing you do – whenever you get in the car.

 

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Don’t drive too fast…or slow

This is another given really, but never drive too fast – particularly when you have the family on board. The quicker you go, the worse any impact will be if you hit something – and it’s much harder to stay in control. 

 

Stay within the speed limit wherever you are and, conversely, don’t drive really slowly either, if you can help it.  This can also be dangerous: try to stick to an average speed and you’ll avoid the risk of causing a pile-up.

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And never when you’re tired

It can be difficult, we know – everyone can have a bad night’s sleep but still need to get to work on time.  But try as much as you can not to drive when you’re tired – and never at all when you feel slightly drowsy. 

 

It’s a myth that stopping for coffees or rolling down the window to get some air will help bring you round. Don’t ask other people to talk loudly, or play the radio, to try to feel more alert either – tt just isn’t safe.

 

One advantage of having a dashcam fitted in your car is that it can warn you when you start to feel tired.  Has another busy person said ‘I’m going to blackboxmycar to you, for example?  Now you’ll understand what they meant – and know just how important this is.

 

Avoid distractions

Of course, we all know you shouldn’t ever use your phone, text or do anything else that distracts you when driving.  But make sure any little ones are also aware that it’s no time for them to make too much noise either. Ask them to stay calm when you’re out in the car – and provide distractions for them like puzzles or books, perhaps.

 

Always plan ahead

And finally, always try to plan ahead before you set out  – whether that’s a short or longer journey.  You’re more likely to make mistakes if you feel unsure of the area you’re in or where you’re going, after all.

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We hope these few tips have given you something to think about – before you and your family next get into the car.  And by taking these bits of advice on board, you and your family will be equipped to always stay safe – out on the road.

Community Matters, But Do You Know How?

Wherever you are and wherever you live, you are part of a community. And it’s so important for you to know that it matters. Your community is made up of people, and you all have common needs that you should want to work on and meet together. Yet, it’s not always easy to know how, or how you can contribute to making your community a better place. Let’s take a look.

 

Community Needs

 To start with, you need to understand the needs. Typically speaking, this will be the environmental, economic, and societal needs that need to be met with the right natural resources. And this is where the issue usually lies because we all need to find how to balance this all out and live sustainably.

 

Managing Resources

 So then comes the managing of resources. By understanding how we live, and how we use energy, water, and land, and how the community usually works, we can make that happen. Companies and governing bodies can support that, but we as a community need to make sure that we’re managing our resources responsibly and sustainably too.

 

Working Together

 By working together to cut our usage, emissions, and manage our resources more effectively, it can help. Working towards different community schemes, prioritizing energy efficiency and new ideas, and embracing sustainability can make all the difference.

 

For more information on creating a sustainable community, take a look at the infographic below.


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5 Simple Tricks To Build A Happier Home Environment

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Home is where the heart is, and you deserve to fall in love with your property time and time again. If you are going to achieve those positive outcomes, though, it’s essential that you learn to make the right upgrades.

While we all dream about the big indoor swimming pool or other luxury goods, the truth is that the simple additions are often the best. Here are five that should be on your checklist.

 

1| Make It Safe

A safe home is a happy home. In truth, you’ll never truly relax in your property unless it is made to feel secure. Given that the threat of burglary is greater than ever, investing in home security features is advised. Meanwhile, you need to invest in fire alarms and know how to spot the signs of damp or other issues. Finally, if you have mobility issues or any other form of additional needs, you must adapt the home accordingly. 

 

2| Allow Yourself The Chance To Relax

The home is your retreat. It is a place to lock yourself away from the worries of the world, which is why equipping it with some basic luxuries can make a world of difference. A quality bathtub supported by candles and music can be very comforting, as can a comfy bed. Meanwhile, even a mug of comforting coffee removes your stress. Coffee Luwak is a particularly popular solution. Set aside a small space for reading, artwork, or another hobby for optimal results.

 

3| Choose Simple Upgrades

All homes need a little TLC from time to time. However, extensive works like extensions and loft conversions aren’t always necessary. You can breathe new life into the home with painting and other simple jobs. Taking the time to consider key elements before any makeover is essential. Improvements that add value to the property, as well as your daily life, are the best options by far. Meanwhile, time constraints should be considered. After all, spending months living in what looks like a construction site can be very unhappy.

 

4| Inject Your Personality 

A property is just four walls and a roof. But a home is something that provides you with a sense of comfort and belonging. Stamping your character on the property is particularly important at this time. Photobox allows you to print your family photos onto canvases, which can be great. Holiday souvenirs, music memorabilia, and celebrations of your life achievements all work wonders. Making the property feel like home is truly the most important ingredient for happiness. Embrace it.

 

5| Get Organized

Creating a positive home environment is only half of the battle. You also need to keep it that way. Good organization is a must. A good decluttering session will work wonders while creating extra storage spaces around the home will help too. Cleanliness is perhaps the most telling factor, though. Simple tricks like fixing the TV to a wall can make life a lot easier while a host of household tech can be used for these purposes. 

 

Use the above points to establish the right foundations, and you will see positive results in next to no time.

5 Things to Check Before Heading Out on a Road Trip!

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Going on a road trip is a great way to strengthen your family bond, it’s a relatively inexpensive way to travel and explore the incredible destination right under your feet. You don’t always have to jet off abroad to enjoy a vacation, chances are there are plenty of places right in the state or area you live in that you’ve never been to. If you plan on heading out on a road trip this summer, here are five things to consider!

 

What vehicle will you use?

Will you be traveling in your own car, or hiring a vehicle? If you’re going away for more than a few days, something more comfortable than your standard family car might be the best option, or you could hire an RV or campervan if you’re planning on staying overnight in it. Have a think about what would be best, and be sure to compare prices of rentals since they can vary wildly. 

 

What route will you take?

Your next dilemma is which route will you take. If you have a specific destination in mind that you want to travel to, see which route options are available. You could go one way on the way there, and loop back around a different way when you’re coming home so you get to see as much as possible. Consider where any attractions or points of interest are so you can work these into your route. Check online for road closures and other issues ahead of time so you’re not stuck in traffic, a good GPS can warn and reroute you if your path up ahead is blocked so you can take a clearer route. 

 

What will you eat?

If you’re on a budget then bringing a picnic, and then shopping at grocery stores each day for food will be your cheapest option. You can buy electric cool boxes that can be plugged into the car, keeping food chilled for a number of days- so things like big pasta or potato salads with chilled meat could make good lunches or dinners. You could then call into chain restaurants, cafes and other eateries as and when you fancy them, and maybe treat yourself on one or two evenings to somewhere a little nicer. 

 

Where will you stay?

If you’ll be staying in an RV, it can be worth looking for campsites and RV parks where there are showers, wifi and electricity hookups to make your stay more comfortable. If you’re traveling by car, will you stay in hotels and motels every night, or will you bring a tent and camp some nights too? Have everything planned ahead and the route adjusted so you can get to your stop each evening. 

 

Are you prepared for emergencies?

Hopefully, your road trip will run smoothly, but you never know and so it’s worth being prepared for emergencies. If you’re in a colder climate, things like wellington boots, warm socks, blankets, and shovels are all useful items. Emergency food and water, some tools and of course breakdown cover should all be sorted before you head off. 

 

Are you going on a road trip this year?

Summer Ideas to Strengthen Your Family Bond

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Summer is just about swinging into action at the time of writing, with warmer than usual temperatures and the school holidays just about to start.

 

As a family, you should look for ways to be together. This isn’t always easy during the rest of the year when you’re at work, and the children are studying, so it’s worth making the most of the extended time you will have together.

 

You probably have your own ideas for the summer, but if not, we have some suggestions for family bonding.

 

Take a road trip

Road trips can be a lot of fun; it’s just you, your family, and the open road. While you could take the car, you might also want to afford yourselves a little more space with an RV. Visit https://www.haltermansrv.com/ for some worthy examples for your ride. An RV will also grant you accommodation, so while we will be advocating camping in a moment, this might be your better option if your family prefers a few home comforts.

 

The benefits of road trips are many. You can tell each other stories and have singalongs while you’re on the road. You can move at your own pace, stopping wherever you think there might be something interesting for you and your family to look at and experience. And you can be up close and personal with God’s creation, and that might strengthen the faith you might share as a family. So, if you are looking to go on vacation this year, you might consider these benefits, alongside the reasons listed at https://www.mother.ly/ on why you should take a family road trip.

 

Go camping

Camping gives you the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Being out in the wilderness, you will be away from the usual distractions that can sometimes break up opportunities for bonding, such as the television and cell phones, and you will have more time to connect with one another amongst the beauty of nature. Camping gives you the opportunity to talk to your kids, whether that’s under the stars at night, or when you’re all embarking on a hiking trail through the wilderness. You will have time to play games together, be that something active outdoors, or playing a board or card game when you are tucked up in your tent. Here are some game ideas to give you inspiration; https://childhood101.com/family-camping-games/. And you will have the opportunity to spend more time in the fresh air, so not only will you increase family bonding, but you will also experience the health benefits of the great outdoors too.

 

Have fun at home

You don’t need to wander too far from home to have bonding time with your family. You might play board games at home, have barbecues in the garden, and take part in outdoor activities such as den building and nature walks, as we suggested here at https://jesusasreviews.com/. You might also have movie nights, tucked up together on the sofa, or if the weather is warm, you could put up a screen outdoors and watch a film and eat popcorn from the comfort of your garden. Ask your kids for their ideas too, and perhaps create a summer bucket list of things you can do together. Memories will be created, family bonding will be strengthened, and you will all have a wonderful summer.

 

Take care, and thanks for reading!

The Signs Of A Good Education

We all know that the education a child receives is one of the most reliable indicators of what kind of life they will lead in adulthood. The most successful people are generally those with the best education, and that success means both in the world of work and in social settings too. You will, therefore, appreciate as a parent what it means to allow your children to have access to the best education there is in your area. Unfortunately, a basic social division that still exists means that not all families can afford the best, so many of us will have to find other ways to make the most of the education our children have. It can be helpful therefore to know about some of the clear indicators of a good education. Let’s take a look at some of the most obvious which you should focus on.

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Varied

For an education to be as effective as you want it to be, it should offer a very varied picture of the world, and provide as much different information as possible. It’s no good just being educated in one thing very well – your children need to have a strong, solid foundation in a range of areas, and you should look for those schools and systems which appear to be especially good at providing exactly that. One way to be sure that this is the case is if there are a lot of school trips to interesting places, kids STEM camps, and similar – and that shows an appreciation of what variety can do for education. With this kind of variety, most children will be more interested in their education and get a lot more out of it.

 

Accountable

Good education needs not only to hold the children to account in terms of occasionally testing their knowledge and abilities – but it also needs to be accountable itself. There is a certain amount of truth in the fact that children own their own education, but an educational facility should take ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the children are getting the best chance they can at succeeding with their education. If you can find an educational institution which approaches things in this way, you will generally find that it is likely to be a much more trustworthy one and one you might want to consider.

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Thorough

For each subject taught, there should be a considerable depth to the amount of information presented and tested. You don’t want your children to have a light smattering of a range of topics, but a deep understanding of them. Good thoroughness often comes from homework, so if there is plenty of homework for your children to bring home then you know that they are probably getting a fairly thorough education on the whole. Your children should be able to talk about subjects at length, not just briefly, and if they can then you should find that you have found a good school. This is one of the most important signs of all.

Top Gifts For Dads To Buy Their Young Daughters

Dads, we know how difficult it is when it comes to having to buy a present for your daughters! And we’re here to help! Take a look at our list of top gifts for young girls in order to give you some ideas and inspiration when it comes to buying toys for birthday or Christmas.

 

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Barbie Storey Beach House

If your little girl is a fan of Barbie, which let’s face it most are, then this is the perfect gift for them. This Barbie Beach House is the ideal dollhouse for your girl’s little dolls to play in. It is a beautiful purple and pink in style. It features a stunning spiral staircase and floors full of fun. The dollhouse comes with an accessory set, this is highly beneficial because most of these toys require the parents to go out and spend extra money on accessories as well.

 

Novelty Pajamas

There are so many great designs available for kids today when it comes to pajamas. You can opt for cartoon-themed PJs or you could choose something with a seasonal design. A lot of parents buy their kids pajamas at Christmas especially.

 

KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen

This kid’s kitchen is bound to put a smile on your little girl’s face. Role-playing toys are highly popular among children because they allow them to enter a world of imagination. This kid’s kitchen features a sleek and girly style. The kitchen has a pink, white and silver color scheme – it looks modern and stylish. The fun to be had with this toy is seemingly endless. The features that it boasts include the following; a washing machine, a refrigerator, an oven, a microwave, a sink, a pan, two spatulas, a pot, click and turn knobs and much more.

 

KidKraft Fun and Funky Vanity and Stool

This funky vanity table will add heaps of personality and character to your little girl’s bedroom. They will relish the chance to sit at their vanity table and try out new hairstyles and different looks. This table and set has a white base color and then features splashes of zebra print throughout. It also boasts a mirror which is in the shape of a heart. This is something that your daughter won’t expect you to buy her, but is assured to love!

 

Le Toy Van Honeybake Breakfast Set

As mentioned earlier, children love role-playing toys. However, they can be quite expensive, thus if you are looking for a cheaper option then this is just that. This breakfast set is simply adorable. It features a pale blue, red and white style which is super cute. The accessories that come with this set are as follows; a pop-up toaster, two slices of bread, plates, knives, a cup, a bowl, a boiled egg with soldiers, a croissant, a honey pot, strawberry, fruit, a salt pop, a pepper pot, and a wooden tray. Your child won’t be short of choice when it comes to deciding what to make for breakfast!

How To Lower School Printing Costs

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Is your school spending too much money on printing? It’s thought that schools are some of the biggest consumers of paper and printer ink. Fortunately, printing doesn’t have to be a big expense and there are lots of ways to save money. Here are several ways in which you can cut printing costs in your school/class.

 

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Paper and ink costs can soon add up if you’re not taking the time to shop around. Being selective of where you shop for these supplies can make a big impact – most general school suppliers will charge a premium. Sites like 123inkjets.com.au offer great deals on supplies, as well as the option of collecting points that you can then spend to get free printing supplies. Even with the added cost of delivery, you could make big savings compared to buying these supplies elsewhere.

 

Try refillable ink

Refillable ink cartridges can be another way to save money. You simply buy ink and can then refill each cartridge once it runs out. Refillable ink cartridges can only be refilled a certain amount of times, so bear this in mind. Some people also find that they affect print quality – especially with colors – so you may want to limit using these for black and white documents.

 

Bring in printing quotas

Giving each pupil a printing quota can also help to reduce costs by reducing the number of unnecessary documents printed off. This could be a quota per class or a quota for the entire year’s work. Going over this quota could result in pupils having to pay. This can be a very effective way of reducing printing costs but needs to be strictly enforced.

 

Start accepting hand-ins digitally

Rather than getting pupils to print off work, you could also start encouraging people to hand in work digitally. This can help to reserve paper and ink. Free apps like Showbie make handing in work online easy – you can mark and annotate work just as if you were marking it with a pen. Some schools set up their own work portals for handing in assignments online, however, this may cost more to set up.

 

Unplug printers when not in use

Aside from ink and paper, printers can also use up a lot of power. Make it a habit of unplugging your school printers at the end of each day when they are no longer needed for use. This is particularly important with older printers, which are likely to be less energy efficient (when upgrading printers, it’s worth looking into energy-efficiency – you can usually find product energy star ratings online).