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25 Days of Self-Care To Treat Yourself During The Holidays

Self-care is often overlooked. Especially this year, as stress and uncertainty has taken over a majority of our lives. Nonetheless, the concept of self-care is extremely important, as it helps encourage maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself and others.  With the holidays coming up, stress seems to consume us even more due to the pressures that accompany the holiday season — travel plans, hosting relatives and finding the perfect gifts for all your friends and family. So this year, gift yourself by filling your December calendar with some holiday self-care ! Below is a list of self-care ideas to get you started so you can nourish yourself for the holidays. Write Yourself a Love Letter An important aspect of self-care is being kind to yourself and practicing self-love, so start by writing yourself a thoughtful love letter. Write down things you love and admire about yourself, no matter how big or small they might be. If you are in need of a place to begin, check out this prin

Kid's Craft: Make Your Own "Perfume"!

Kids are exploring the world around them from the moment they are born. They use their senses to play and learn at the same time. It's always a win when moms can find an activity that satisfies both of those needs. Well, this children's activity allows kiddos to make their very own "perfume" is definitely one of them! The children will be able to make a scent that they can spray on themselves just like you. Simply follow the instructions below, and you can download the printable labels here ! Step 1: Prepare your materials. You will need a few things to make your scent. You'll need some smell-good items like flowers and fruit, some glitter for flair, some liquid to mix it in and a spray bottle to put it in. Once you have all of the supplies, lay them out on the table hand have your kids gather 'round. You can find the full list of ingredients below. Step 2: Gather Your Herbs and Flowers Your participants will now need to choose what they

Best European Christmas Markets

Christmas may have only been a month ago but for those that love the holidays, this could be the inspiration to save for a trip to Europe this Christmas! There is something magical about Christmas time in Europe. If you love the holidays, the festive spirit and indulging in Christmas treats, then you are lucky!  Europe is packed with Christmas markets that will cheer you up, fill your stomach and your soul. Here are the best markets the continent has in store for you.  If you do decide to head away for an extended period, think about using a housesitter! They ensure you furry family members are comfortable in their own homes as well as ensuring your home is safe! They are lots of places to find house sitters, but this trusted house sitters review will help you pick the best one! Lille If you always dreamed of France in the winter time, Lille is the perfect Christmas destination. Every year the town transforms into a winter wonderland with the Place Rihour beautifully decorated

5 Tips for Preserving Your Beautiful Hardwood Floors

When it comes to classic interior beauty, few elements can compare to hardwood flooring. Wood floors offer a durable surface that can pair with nearly any decorating scheme. Wood species come in a plethora of colors and patterns, giving homeowners dozens of options to choose from. And, when looking to sell your home, hardwood flooring is highly a sought-after feature in many markets. With regular maintenance, wood can last hundreds of years without decay or wear. However, without the proper care, hardwood flooring will show signs of age much sooner. Stains, fading, warping, and scratches can all damage the appearance and integrity of hardwood. Protect your investment and the beauty of your home. If you're lucky enough to have hardwood floors, be sure to use the following five steps to protect them from everyday wear and tear. And if you have carpet in your home trust  our recommended carpet cleaning company . 1. Practice Proper Rug Placement Be smart about where you

7 Tips on How to Be Frugal (Not What You Think)

Being frugal is a smart - and sometimes necessary - way to live. There are, of course, the average frugal tips such as cutting coupons. Here, instead, we are going to take a look at some tips that you might not think about right away.    1. Use a Deep Freez er   A deep freezer is a bit of an investment at first but it can pay for itself in the long run. Any frugal shopper can tell you that buying in bulk is a great way to save. Unfortunately, it can be hard to purchase anything that isn’t non-perishable in bul k without worrying about using it in time.    For this type of bulk purchasing, a deep freezer can come in handy. With a deep freezer, you can stock up on items such as meat and frozen items when you find them on sale or at a good price and you don’t have t o worry about rushing to eat them before they go bad in your fridge.  2. Stop Chasing the Latest Trends   We live in a world of innovation. Every year brings a new car, new phones, new computers, and more. These are often adve

How to make road trips with kids easier!

If you fail to plan properly, traveling with a toddler can transform your road trip from the much-anticipated thrill into an incredible nightmare! However, several tips can help you enjoy every minute of your journey even when a toddler is in the equation. Prepare Your Car in Advance Your car is a crucial component of a successful road trip. You should inspect it several hours before the offset. Ensure that your windshield wipers are working to avoid frustrations in case of a downpour. Also, you should confirm that the engine coolant is working optimally lest you find yourself in the middle of the forest with a non-functional engine. If you’re not confident about checking the car yourself, you should consider hiring a professional mechanic. Ensure that you follow the mechanic’s advice to the latter to avoid disappointments on the D-day. You Must Have a Roadside Assistance Many travelers tend to ignore the crucial role that roadside assistance plays in a road trip. It’s necessary to con

Tips for Hosting A Stress Free Dinner Party

Hosting a dinner party can be stressful  and time consuming. If your not organised you can end up spending the whole running around and never get the chance to enjoy yourself. Here are our top tips for hosting a great party and ensuring you and your guests have an amazing time. Self-Service Drinks Having drinks out and ready so your guests can serve themselves will take the pressure off of you, particularly if you have a lot of cooking to do whilst your guests are present. If you’re serving drinks which need to be chilled (like white wine) having a dedicated drinks fridge set up is a big help. Having a drinks fridge also helps to save space in your fridge, so you aren’t rummaging around for a hidden bottle! You can also make cocktails prior to your guests arriving and add ice at the last moment to keep them cool. If you want to wow your guest make sure you do some research on some delicious cocktails like   Pineapple Rosé Sangria P or Raspberry-Rhubarb Collins  that you c

Designing a Kid's Room for Better Sleep

Too many kids don’t get enough sleep, and it shows in their health. Risk of anxiety, illness, and fatigue spikes with every half hour of sleep missed, which can mentall y and physically exhaust a kid. There are a lot of ways, however, that you can help make sure your children are getting the sleep their growing bodies need.   A healthy diet and regular exercise are crucial in maintaining a healthy sleeping pattern for kids , but their bedroom environment can also play a large role. Here are some tips for designing a kid’s bedroom that supports peaceful, restorative sleep.    Make it dark and quiet The perfect sleeping environment is dark, cool and noise-free. Depending on whe re you live, some of these characteristics can be difficult to attain, but outfitting your child’s  room with dark-colored curtains and soft furniture can keep a lot of outside light and sound out of the room. You could also try using a fan to keep the room cool and  drown out any noisy neighbors or traffic sounds

Kids Growing Too Fast? Save Cash on Clothes with These Thrifty Tips

Trying to stop your child from picking their nose or taking off their clothes and running around in the nude may seem impossible. However, stopping kids from growing is  actually  impossible. No matter how hard we try as parents, we can’t stop our little tykes from growing up. That heartbreaking sentiment is also expensive. During a growth spurt, you may feel like you have to buy new, bigger clothes for your child every week. The average American spends about  $1,800 on clothing  a year, but if you’re a parent of fast-growing kids or teens, any budget can seem tighter than that T-shirt. Save money and help your kid look less like ruffians with these money-saving tips for wardrobe shopping: 1. Buy Used Chances are, your little kids won’t care if others have worn their clothes. It’s especially smart to  buy used clothes  for playing or eating, since you won’t have to worry about a spill or stain ruining that pricey name-brand onesie. Check thrift stores, garage sal

How To Pick The Right Kind Of Wine For Any Occasion

Most of us enjoy fine wine during or after a good meal. Still, it's sometimes tricky to choose the right one, as there are hundreds of types you could drink. A lot of people simply get confused in their local stores when browsing wines and end up buying the one with a pretty label on it. It's perfectly ok to not know which one to choose. Luckily, this simple guide will help you make the right decision, enjoy your meals even more and delight the guests. Go for easy pairings When it comes to pairing wine and food, you can go one of two ways - complementary or contrasting. And you will be right in each case. In case of the complimentary option, combine light with light and rich with rich. In other words, crisp white wines go well with seafood and chicken, while full-bodied red wines compliment red meat and various types of cheese. When it comes to the contrasting approach, you can, for example, eat oysters with Sauvignon Blanc. The salty taste of the oysters will be soot