Saturday, 24 February 2018

Kitchen queens: simple tips for moms to master the home’s most important room

It may seem like a big statement to suggest that the kitchen is the most significant room in your home. But it is a place where you prepare (and potentially eat) meals, complete various cleaning duties, and generally spend many hours. Furthermore, it’s one of the few spaces that will be utilized by every member of the household.   
As such, a happy kitchen provides the foundations for a happy home. Consequently, getting more out of this crucial part of the home should be top of your homemaking agenda for the weeks and months ahead. Here’s how to become queen of the kitchen with minimal fuss.

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Safety First
Safety should be the priority in all parts of the home. However, this is especially pertinent in the modern kitchen as it is a room that holds many potential dangers. First and foremost, you need to install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Frankly, it’s not an exaggeration to say that this could potentially be a matter of life and death.
Parents will also want to childproof the kitchen. Simply telling them not to touch the oven or knives isn’t enough. Turning stoves off at the mains is a great habit to adopt while keeping sharp objects, medicines, and cleaning materials out of reach is also key. A safe kitchen is a far happier kitchen. For the sake of peace of mind alone, this is one aspect where no stone can be left unturned.
Invest In Gadgets
In truth, the majority of gadgets used in other parts of the home serve very little purpose. With regards to the kitchen, though, they can transform everything. From saving valuable time to enjoying the best quality food, the incentives to make those investments are huge. Even if your budget only allows you to make those upgrades one gadget at a time, you will see a big impact.
Check out Eurohome appliances for a wide range of items ready to improve your cooking and cleaning duties. From the morning coffee to the evening meal and dish cleaning, those simple upgrades won’t just improve the kitchen. They will inevitably improve your entire lives too. In many cases, those tools can additionally reduce the running costs.   
Focus On Efficiency
We live in an era where green living is a very hot topic. The kitchen is one place where you can make a huge difference by making investments built for a more efficient lifestyle. Once again, those kitchen appliances like dishwashers and cooking materials can be very useful. Then again, adapting your habits relating to food storage and water usage are where you can see the biggest change. Financially, you’ll see a noticeable difference in no time.
On a separate note, growing some herbs by the window is a great way to reduce ongoing food bills while ensuring you don’t run out of key ingredients. This is also the perfect way to encourage the kids to embrace their green fingers before moving them onto outdoors gardening tasks. Once they make this transition, getting them interested in nature and nutrition is easy.

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Brighten Up The Mood
Even with time-saving gadgets, you’ll naturally spend many hours in the kitchen. Therefore, it’s important to ensure that the surroundings leave you smiling. Increasing the natural lighting can be a little more difficult than in some rooms, but it largely depends on the layout. If the kitchen leads out to the garden, patio doors or a glass roof can work wonders. Meanwhile, HGTV can help you discover the best color scheme for the room. This is a huge step for smaller spaces.
Adding a little personality to the room through quirky and sentimental ornaments is a great option. Likewise, the refrigeration door can become a canvas for family photos, child drawings and achievements. Those simple gestures go a long way to creating a happier environment and when you love the room you’re in, you’ll actively want to spend more time there.
Embrace The Space
Storage is a word that no parent ever forgets, and the kitchen is one place where it’s an endless battle. Things do become easier when you have a larger space to work with, but even those with limited room can make it work. Simply designing the layout of the drawers
in an efficient manner can make things look a lot different. Meanwhile, under-shelf baskets are great additions.
When you have a bigger kitchen, adding an island can completely transform the appearance and feel of the room. Alternatively, going open plan with the dining room may be an option for some families to consider. Either way, the need for space will feel even greater as the kids grow bigger. There are many online guides available for little tricks like making a DIY pegboard. Use them to your advantage, and you will not regret it.
Increase Your Repertoire
Building the perfect surroundings is one thing. But no mom should overlook the importance of nutritious and delicious meals. Getting kids to eat healthily isn’t always easy, which is why you need an eclectic selection of dishes. Fish is proven to be one source of protein that is very beneficial for kids. With a little research into child-friendly recipes, you’ll see great results in no time.
Aside from getting children (and adults) to eat the right foods, cooking can become a fun activity. Creating pizzas or baking cakes can be a fun activity to bring parents and kids together. Meanwhile, you can use games as a great way to monitor their development. Given that this will tick virtually all the boxes on the parenting agenda, your place as queen of the kitchen will be assured.
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The Final Word
A winning kitchen goes a long way to creating the perfect home environment, and every mom should consider it to be a priority. Apart from the improvements to this room, it‘ll create more time for you to enjoy other parts of the home with your nearest and dearest. And that’s when a mom’s dreams really do come true.   

Thursday, 22 February 2018

5 Ways to save money on eyeglasses

For those who have problems with their vision, it is recommended to visit an ophthalmologists at least once every two years. Some people might be required to have their prescription glasses adjusted and the lenses corrected to help them achieve a clearer vision. Some might need to buy a new frame, lenses, or both, to replace their worn out eyeglasses, while other people just want to get a new pair to keep up with the latest fashion trends. Whatever your purpose is, you should always avoid buying eyeglasses at overly expensive prices. Check out the five ways to save on eyeglasses and get the best value for your money.

1. Know if your eyeglasses are covered.

The first step that you should do before scheduling an eye exam is to check if eye care services and gears are covered by your health insurance plan. Most of health insurance plans offer free annual eye examinations and discounts for eyeglasses and surgical operations such as laser surgery and treatment for cataract and glaucoma. Make sure to know the coverage of your insurance to see if you can save up on your next pair of eyeglasses.

2. Make your own research.

Additional features in the frames and the lenses can make your eyeglasses very expensive than the regular ones. UV protection, lens coating, and titanium frames are just some of the add-ons that may significantly add to the costs. If you regularly change your eyeglasses every year, it might be more practical to buy those that are made of cheaper materials. If you are not regularly exposed to the sun, you may not avail of the UV protection. Only get the features that you need and research on trusted and affordable eyewear brands.

3. Purchase your eyeglasses online.

Unless it is your first time to wear eyeglasses, you may consider checking out the best deals online and ordering a pair of glasses online from trusted suppliers. There may be thousands of online shops that you might come across, so make sure to check the return policies and customer reviews before purchasing online. Have your latest prescription and measurements ready for a hassle-free transaction

4. Look for the best deals.

There are tons of hacks that you can do to get eyeglasses at the cheapest price possible. Always keep an eye on exclusive discounts, eyewear sales, and other special offers from local shops and online retailers. You may also want to take advantage of eyewear deals inclusive of free repairs and replacements for a certain period of time.

5. Take advantage of FSA.

Are you an active FSA contributor? If you are, then you might consider setting aside a portion of your FSA funds to cover for a replacement pair of eyeglasses. Depending on the plan, you may also save up on other eye care services and items such as tinting, contact lenses, and solutions, as well as reading glasses. If you are not contributing to FSA, it is highly advised for you to start now as the incentives can help you purchase eyewear and eye care services at very affordable price.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Fun-Filled Family Weekends Can Still Be Frugal

Family life can be expensive; if you have kids, you’ll already understand how much it can cost to feed and clothe them, let alone ensure that they’re able to enjoy their free time with the family. There are so many commercials on T.V promoting toys, games, and activities that many families cannot afford. However, these items don’t have to mean that evenings and weekends are boring; with a little thought and imagination, you can turn every Saturday and Sunday with your kids into a fun-filled and memorable time together. If you are having a treat one weekend and heading to a theme park, zoo, or another family-friendly attraction; there are still ways to cut costs, and return home with change to spare. All it takes is an excellent organization and some preparation, but you’re a parent, so you’ve got this.

Come rain or shine; there are an array of free and affordable activities that the whole family can enjoy together. The beauty of the internet is that you can research into your potential plans, and gain plenty of information in a short space of time. Therefore, it’s time to open your laptop (oh, hello; you’re here already), get a notepad and pen ready, and begin writing down the sorts of things your kids will enjoy, that won’t cost the earth. The following are some ideas, inspiration, and advice for busy parents who want to fill their family weekends with fun, without breaking the bank.

Getting Out And About

If you’re all planning to spend a day doing something out of the house; you’ll need to ensure that everyone gets fed and watered, and each family member enjoys their time (or at least most of it) over the weekend). Feeding hungry kids is pretty easy; pack a picnic and plenty of snack and drinks so that you don’t end up buying any overpriced items in a theme park or similar. If you are heading out for a meal together; do your research beforehand and find out if there are any special offers or coupons available. Some credit cards offer a rewards rate for dining out; therefore it’s worth checking out this uber credit card review and discovering how spending on your card might help you get something back in the future. Buffets are a great idea with kids; you can fill them up, and grab some extras for later in the day (don’t forget to take some sandwich bags just in case).

A Weekend At Home

If you’re keen to save even more money, and perhaps the weather isn’t so good; a weekend at home can still provide the kids with plenty of fun and adventure. Crafting and building things out of items around the house that you don’t use anymore is a great way to burn off some energy; they can spend hours playing in their cardboard fort after building and decorating it. Or, perhaps it’s time to put a movie on; pop a blanket down with some scatter cushions, popcorn, and a living room picnic so that you and your kids can enjoy a cinema date in the comfort of your home. For more inspiration; check out sites like Pinterest and begin planning your affordable weekends ahead.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Daddy's Home 2 Giveaway

Hilarious and Heartwarming Film Arrives on Digital February 6, 2018
and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD February 20, 2018

Also on February 20, Original Daddy’s Home Debuts on 4K Ultra HD

It’s more daddies and more problems in the uproarious family comedy DADDY’S HOME 2 coming home on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD February 20, 2018 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The original Daddy’s Home also arrives February 20 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and both films will be available in a two-movie Blu-ray Double Feature pack. DADDY’S HOME 2 debuts two weeks early on Digital February 6.

When it comes to raising their kids, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad
(Will Ferrell) finally have this co-parenting thing down. That is, until Dusty’s macho dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad’s sweet-natured father (John Lithgow) come to town, throwing the whole family into complete chaos. As old rivalries create new problems, Dusty and Brad’s partnership is put to the ultimate test in this hilarious and heartwarming comedy that gives new meaning to the term ‘blended family.’ 

The DADDY’S HOME 2 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack feature over 45 minutes of bonus content. Go behind the scenes with five featurettes, deleted/ extended/alternate scenes and a hilarious gag reel. Plus, for a limited time only, get a bonus digital copy of the original Daddy’s Home with the 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray Combo Packs. In addition, the DADDY’S HOME 2 Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD discs boast a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead and the 4K Ultra HD disc features Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR), which delivers greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors*.

DADDY’S HOME 2 Blu-ray Combo Pack
The DADDY’S HOME 2 Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos* (Dolby® TrueHD compatible), French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital, Castilian Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Latin American Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Castilian Spanish, and Latin American Spanish subtitles. The DVD in the Combo Pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, and Spanish subtitles.  The Combo Pack includes access to a Digital copy of the film as well as the following: 

·      Feature film in high definition
·      Bonus Content:
o  Making a Sequel
o  Look Who’s Back
o  Co-Dads: Will & Mark
o  The New Dads in Town: Mel & John
o  Captain Sully
o  Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes
o  Gag Reel

·      Feature film in standard definition
DADDY’S HOME 2 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack
Fans can enjoy the ultimate viewing experience with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes the Blu-ray Disc detailed above, as well as an Ultra HD Disc presented in 4K Ultra HD in Dolby Vision with English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD compatible), French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital, French Parisian 5.1 Dolby Digital, German 5.1 Dolby Digital, Italian 5.1 Dolby Digital, Polish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Russian 5.1 Dolby Digital, Castilian Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Latin American Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description with English, English SDH, Arabic, Bahasa Malaysian, Cantonese, Mandarin Simplified, Mandarin Traditional, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French Canadian, French Parisian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Castilian Spanish, Latin American Spanish, Swedish, Thai, and Turkish subtitles. The Combo Pack also includes access to a Digital copy of the film.

DADDY’S HOME 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack
The DADDY’S HOME 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack includes an Ultra HD disc presented in 4K Ultra HD in Dolby Vision with English DTS:X, French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital, French Parisian 5.1 Dolby Digital, Latin American Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Brazilian Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital, German 5.1 Dolby Digital, Japanese 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DTS Headphone:X and English Audio Description, as well as English, English SDH, French Canadian, French Parisian, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Japanese, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish subtitles. The Blu-ray in the Combo Pack is presented in 1080p high definition with English DTS:X, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DTS Headphone:X and English Audio Description, along with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The Combo Pack includes access to a Digital copy of the film and the Blu-ray includes the following:

·      The Making of Daddy's Home
·      Daddy-Off
·      Daddy Daughter Dance
·      Halftime Stunt
·      Tony Hawk: Skater Double
·      Child's Play
·      Hannibal Buress: The Perfect Houseguest
·      Blooper - Jeet Kune Do
·      Deleted and Extended Scenes

The DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, and Spanish subtitles. The disc includes the feature film in standard definition.

Production Designer CLAYTON HARTLEY Director of Photography JULIO MACAT, ASC
Produced by WILL FERRELL, p.g.a. ADAM McKAY, p.g.a. CHRIS HENCHY, p.g.a. JOHN MORRIS KEVIN MESSICK, p.g.a.
Based on Characters Created by BRIAN BURNS Written by SEAN ANDERS & JOHN MORRIS Directed by SEAN ANDERS

About Paramount Home Media Distribution
Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), home to premier media brands that create television programs, motion pictures, consumer products, and digital content for audiences in 180 countries and territories. The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment and transactional digital distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles. PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and transactional distribution across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.  

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Saturday, 17 February 2018

Things to Consider Before Getting Married

If you are reading this that means you either have someone whom you think is “the one” or you are currently looking for him or her.  You are making the right choice to consider the important factors before making a huge life-changing decision. However, no marriage is perfect, so no matter how many articles you read or how much advice you soak in, you will still run into problems in your marriage sometime in your future. Marriage is more than just having a roommate; it is sharing your entire life with another person. So, before you say “yes” and sign up for online singing lessons to wow everyone on your big day, you first need to ensure you're making the right decision all you need to do is consider a few important factors. To help bring you some perspective about marriage, here are some things you need to think about before saying “I Do”.

1. Are You Marrying into Debt?

Money shouldn’t ever be the reason that prohibits you from marrying the person of your dreams. However, it is an important factor. Does this person have a substantial amount of unpaid debt lying in the corner ready to haunt you in your dreams? Starting a marriage off with debt is never a good idea. It can cause unwanted stress and strain on a newly married couple (which is the most vulnerable time in a relationship). It can even manifest in problems before the vows, by preventing you from splurging on the wedding dress of your dreams or booking the perfect honeymoon in Kuala Lumpur. We aren’t saying you should throw your person into a ditch just because they had problems handling their money, but you may want to consider putting off the wedding date until the debt is paid off. Just make sure all the cards are out on the table; basically, saying your significant other has been 100% honest about this or her debt. This is to ensure there are no surprises after the wedding!

2. The Future and Kids

It is very common for couples to discuss their future family size when they are in early stages of dating. However, if you haven’t had that conversation yet with your special person, it is a good idea to have that now before marriage. Do want them, or do you not want any? Can you imagine the two of you bringing up your kids and maybe buying your child a pet, like a hamster to keep in the hamster cage? Children are a life-changing decision, just like marriage. It is important to have a similar outlook on what your “future” family will look like. Ask each other how many children max would they want, and how many minimum. Or would they ever be open to adoption or fostering? If your significant other says they want two kids and you want three, that is nothing to stress about.

You’ll also want to think far ahead financially and talk about where you’ll be in life when you have kids. Will you be able to afford tuition or to hire a top-tier tutor? These are all important questions to consider. You don’t need all the answers now, but they are something to discuss before you make a lifelong commitment.

3. Religion

Religion can be a huge barrier or deal breaker for many relationships. It is common that most couples have already addressed the topic of religion, however, some haven’t. If this is you, and you are open to potentially trying out other religions or you have strong convictions about other religions it is a good idea to express those thoughts with your person. How important is it that your partner is willing to practice the same faith with you? Or how will your partner's religion affect your lifestyle or the life of your future children? It is important to address beliefs, however, don’t get worked up if you don’t see eye to eye on every belief you have. Everyone on this planet has their own unique outlook on faith and religion.

4. Location

Location is a huge topic whether it sounds like it or not. Depending on where you end up living is a huge life decision! Will you have to give up your family and hometown? Or will you be forced to live somewhere with harsh weather conditions? Where do you envision yourself putting down some roots? It is important to talk what your partner finds to be important in their future permanent home. Is that to be near family? And who’s family exactly do they want to be nearer? However, you do have all the time in the world to figure out where you want to live, you have your whole life to move around to different cities. Your first home may not even be where you stay!

5. Living Conditions

Living with someone for the rest of your life is not as easy as it sounds. Remember the last time you had a roommate? A sibling or a friend? No matter how much you love them, they will always have certain habits of living that will annoy you! On top of that, when you live together, you’ll eventually have to make relationship-based decisions like purchasing a mattress for your marriage bed or taking on a home renovation project. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you can still love that person without letting their pet peeves and habits get in the way, and that the two of you will be able to make decisions together—no matter how big or small.