Wednesday, 30 November 2022
Christmas Activities To Keep The Kids Busy
Tuesday, 29 November 2022
4 Savings Tips for Working Moms
Being a working mom isn’t easy. Sometimes you can find yourself in a whirlwind of busyness that leaves you almost no breathing room. When you’re spending every moment taking care of the kids, working your day job and doing chores, there can be little time to think about your finances.
However, when you’re proactive about saving money, it can save you from extra stress and improve your family’s quality of life. To get you started, we’ve outlined our favorite money saving tips for working moms below.
Take Advantage of Sales
It goes without saying that when it comes to saving, sales are a mom’s best friend. But to take it a step further, you should look out for opportunities to buy things on sale in bulk.
For example, there are items such as paper towels, toothpaste and shampoo that your household could go through at a fast pace. When you see items such as these on sale, it’s a good idea to stock up and save money in the long run.
Automate Your Savings
Saving is easy in theory, but even when you have a monthly savings plan, it doesn’t always work out. After all, it can be difficult to remember to transfer money at the beginning of each month. When you automate your savings, however, you don’t have to deal with this issue.
Most banks have a way for you to automatically transfer money at the beginning of each month, making saving effortless.
Schedule a Weekly Meal Plan
A costly expense for many families is eating out. This makes sense, since at the end of a long work day, cooking could be the last thing that you want to do. Going to a pizza place or McDonald’s can seem like the perfect way to please your kids and take a load of work off of your plate. That said, these costs add up.
To save money on food, it’s a good idea to create a weekly meal schedule in advance. Have a meal laid out for each day of the week, and you can even cook and freeze your meals on Sunday, so you don’t have to worry about prepping every day of the week.
While not all of your kids’ clothes have to be hand-me-downs or thrifted, if you take advantage of used clothes, it will help you save a handful of money. Alert your friends that you’re open to taking their kids hand-me-downs and pay it forward by donating your kids’ old clothes when they’re no longer needed.
Just make sure to check in with your kids to make sure they are okay with wearing hand-me-downs. For teens, it can be a sensitive subject, but for younger children it shouldn’t be a big deal.
Being a working mom has its difficulties. You might be so swept up in business that you don’t even want to think about your finances. However, when you implement our money management tips, you’ll find that you have one less thing to worry about.
To ensure that your family is taken care of in any situation, you may even want to invest in a life insurance policy. To learn more about life insurance and tips to keep your family financially secure, take a look at our infographic provided below.
Everything starts from a dot: Master the orgasmic multiverse
LELO DOT™ is a clitoral pinpoint vibrator that, used externally, allows for multiple orgasms. And it does so without causing numbness. Traditional vibrations numb the area around the clitoris and, more often than not, inhibit you from experiencing multiple orgasms due to saturation. But, thanks to its soft and bendable tip and revolutionary elliptical motion, LELO DOT™ offers climaxing with unmatched precision. This makes it a perfect companion for exhilarating solo or coupled play, allowing for a versatile approach to self-pleasure and enabling you to stimulate different erogenous zones with one device.
How Infinite Loop™ Technology works
Instead of moving in circles like the classical vibrators, LELO DOT™ follows an elliptical trajectory that allows constant surprises by simply shifting the angle of the toy. It orbits around the erogenous zone, covering every nerve ending with an elliptical pattern, resulting in a sweeping release of sensations. Think of the infinity symbol, and now imagine those same curves gently dotted onto your clitoris in one infinite motion until the climax. This comes from concentrating all the power in a bendable soft silicone tip, allowing for a precise and highly focused approach to self-pleasure.
How to use it
Apply LELO Personal Moisturizer on the very tip of your LELO DOT™ and any surface pleasure spot you plan on focusing. Think clitoris, nipples, neck - any place that gets your juices flowing.
Once comfortable, turn it on. Switch between the eight powerful pleasure settings. When you're ready, slowly focus on your clitoris and let the oscillating movements of LELO DOT™ guide you.
Experiment with placing your device in different positions and see which angle suits you the best.
LELO DOT™ delivers intuitive strength and intensity depending on the applied pressure and angle of use.
LELO DOT™ in a nutshell:
- ABSOLUTE PRECISION. The pinpoint shape lets you meticulously stimulate any erogenous zone using the soft and bendable tip to steer the oscillations.
- EIGHT POWERFUL PLEASURE SETTINGS. LELO DOT™ offers eight different vibration patterns, varying in intensity from a teasing murmur to a satisfying pulse.
- ELLIPTICAL MOVEMENT for a new unique sensation, reinventing orgasms as we know them.
- EXTRA - SOFT SILICONE that's extra soft to the touch. LELO's classic body-safe silicone design allows for deeply fulfilling and hygienic pleasure.
How Childhood Trauma Can Affect Adulthood
"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." - is the first sentence of Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece, Anna Karenina. And Tolstoy was right. The variety of nonintentional (and sometimes intentional) childhood wounding is, in a word, astounding. The tricky part? The more subtle the wound, the more it eludes us. Understanding where our intricate personality comes from becomes our little white whale, forever unattainable.
The wounds we carry are often undetectable, even under the inner microscope. It's a lingering sensation, more than a cognition. "Something's wrong." - but that's as deep as we go. And we let it pass. We bury it somewhere, in the farthest compartments of the mind. The thing is, as adults, we seldom have any recollection of the inflicted trauma. Trauma is an admirable sculptor, and sooner or later, its masterful hands will shape us. This is how childhood trauma can affect adulthood.
So, what is childhood trauma, exactly? Adverse childhood experiences (ACE) or trauma can be described as an episode or a series of events, either witnessed or experienced by a child, that elicit distress and are by nature life-threatening, violent, and dangerous. A common misconception about childhood trauma involves presuming that the child would have to be the aggressor's primary target in order for trauma to fully develop. Well, wrong. The bystander role is as agonizing as being "the victim." And we're not talking about domestic violence, per se. (although amicable divorce is still rare and heated arguments can lead to physical aggression) Something as "little" as witnessing a loved one battling an illness or getting injured can be highly traumatic for children. What we fail to understand as adults is just how susceptible to shock and fear we once actually were.
Childhood trauma sources
According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), there are 12 common types of childhood trauma.
bullying (an act of inflicting physical, emotional, psychological, and social harm)
community violence (children who witness violence committed within their community)
complex trauma (refers to a series of traumatic events)
disasters (natural disasters involving earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, extreme drought, wildfires, etc.)
early childhood trauma (traumatic experiences in children under 6 years of age)
medical trauma (involves illness, medical procedures, hospitalization)
physical abuse (parents or caregivers causing physical pain - neglect, kicking, slapping, hitting)
refugee trauma (fleeing causes emotional uncertainty)
sexual abuse (or "betrayal trauma" is committed by an adult or an individual older than the child)
terrorism and violence (witnessing shootings, bombings)
traumatic grief (death of a loved person)
Mental health issues are linked to childhood trauma
Adult individuals who were exposed to any type of childhood trauma are more likely to develop mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, and other common issues. Individuals who were abused, neglected (or witnessed their loved ones being victimized), and who failed to seek proper treatment in their adult years tend to struggle in their professional and personal life. Poor stress management skills lead to hindered careers, toxic interpersonal relationships, and, inevitably, auto-collapse.
Such individuals are more likely to use alcohol, food, drugs, and other substitutes as coping mechanisms. Addiction treatment experts from Harmony Ridge Recovery Center advise: childhood trauma is often the initial substance abuse trigger. Seeking professional help is of paramount importance. The sooner the individual faces the underlying cause(s), the sooner they can get their life back.
Childhood trauma affects personal relationships
Childhood trauma can affect adulthood by obstructing healthy relationship patterns. How? The survivors of childhood trauma tend to foster a distorted self-perception; low self-esteem and low levels of self-love can cause individuals to view themselves as undeserving of loving, caring, supportive, healthy relationships. The little voice inside screams: "You don't deserve them. You're unworthy of their love." And that brings us to adult attachment disorders.
Adult attachment disorder
AAD is a behavioral disorder that affects an individual's ability to form and maintain relationships. Children whose familial dynamic is healthy, supportive, and full of love grow up to be secure adult individuals who are able to form and constructively develop personal relationships; contrastingly, a familial dynamic riddled with threats, pain, and tragedies forms an insecure adult individual, who will consequently suffer from an empiric inability to form healthy bonds. Types of insecure attachment styles include:
The adult will appear clingy and needy and will constantly pursue validation in romantic relationships. The perpetual insecurity stems from a "hot and cold" parenting style, meaning parents could not exhibit emotional consistency, thus leading to a lack of emotional security. (episodes of rejection, followed by intense care and affection, leaving the child to question their position) Adults who require constant validation in relationships are likelier to develop an addiction. By using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for addiction recovery, they can overcome negative thought patterns and alleviate insecure attachment style symptoms.
(Also known as "Disorganized") A fearful-avoidant person is both anxious and dismissive. Those with this insecure attachment style deeply crave close relationships but cannot trust the person they want to let in. The fear of intimacy is a direct result of neglect or childhood abuse. This style is considered to be the least common and also the most complex of the three. Much like the dismissive-avoidant type, these individuals will often distance themselves from their partners, but unlike dismissive individuals, they will experience grave anxiety and neediness regarding their partner's love.
This type of attachment is usually the result of childhood needs not being met by the child's caregiver or parent. Rejected and ignored, the child will grow into an overly independent individual who might reject others and ward off potential threats to their vulnerable apparatus. (i.e., love) This unhealthy coping mechanism serves its purpose; it protects the individual from being hurt again. Therapy is advised for all individuals with an insecure attachment style—small steps to living a happier life.
It is true childhood trauma can affect adulthood, but only if we leave it unaddressed. Our happiness rides on our ability to accept ourselves for what and who we are, trauma or no trauma. It's time to do the work. Don't let it win.
Friday, 25 November 2022
Alice In Wonderland Wedding Ideas
You can get some very cool signs off Amazon as well and they don’t have to be for a wedding you can use them for parties or home decor. I really liked these ones below and you can find them here.
Create your very own Alice In Wonderland themed party or wedding for next to nothing by making your own decorations and incorporating a bunch of flowers. When I made my own Wonderland themed garden a few years ago I did it all for Pennie’s on the dollar being frugal and repurposing old materials.
Wednesday, 23 November 2022
Fun Activities In Kelowna & West Kelowna To Celebrate Birthdays
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3 Things No One Told You About Becoming a Mom
Have you recently had a baby? Congratulations! Becoming a parent is one of the most challenging yet satisfying jobs. You’ll likely be reading every book and blog about it, as well as asking your friends and family how to prepare for this new major milestone.
Now that you’re a mom, you’ll be faced with challenges and incredible moments that you never expected while you were pregnant, but this is all part of the journey of parenthood that will make lasting memories for the years to come.
Here are some things that no one told you about becoming a mom:
Afterbirth is real
No one talks about what happens to the body once you have given birth, but in the days following the event, you will be closely monitored to make sure everything is healing as it should. Your body will go through things you never expected, such as pain, swelling, and discomfort, so be sure to take it easy in the first few days and get as much help as possible with the domestic chores and taking care of the baby.
What’s more, it’s normal to sense difficulty in bonding with your newborn straight after birth. After all, this is a brand new being in your life who you’ll have to grow used to having around.
Approximately 80% of new moms suffer from the baby blues since their body goes through a lot of hormone changes. It should, however, only last up to 2 weeks. If you’re worried about a lack of bonding with your baby or unexplained depression, talk to your midwife or maternal health carer and they will put your mind at rest.
Family dynamics will change
When a new baby is welcomed into the family, life as you know it changes dramatically. Your relationship with your partner will be different now that you have the role of a parent. You’re going to be on alert 24 hours per day instead of being able to live your life freely as you may be accustomed to. While it may be a shock, to begin with, you’ll learn to adjust to the new routine of having such a large responsibility, but it will all be worth it.
Playing with your baby is essential
It’s often the case that new parents don’t understand the importance of playing with their baby. However, it is all part and parcel of their early development. Play improves their mental, social and emotional well-being, as well as learning more about themselves in the first few months of their life. When kitting out your nursery, consider these baby play mats from Crane Baby so you can lie your baby down and play together with toys, read them a story, or simply tickle them.
Becoming a mom isn’t easy, but in no time you’ll learn the ropes of becoming a parent and get into the swing of it. We hope this brief guide has given you some helpful tips about parenthood that you may never have known about. This is an exciting new venture.
How Can You Make Thousands Affiliate Marketing?
I always wondered how so many people were able to quit their jobs and stay at home making thousands of dollars just doing affiliate marketing? Is there any truth to these crazy claims? Can you really quit your 9-5 job to post affiliate links and take in a commission?
Yes you can!
Well I can tell you that it is possible to make money Affiliate marketing and you don’t have to hit your job and do it full time. I am a part time affiliate and I make a couple thousand each month. This is with only a few hours on and off throughout the day because I run my own business and have 3 kids. I have to work 10 hours a day aside from affiliate marketing because I run a daycare from my home but if I could dedicate more time to affiliate marketing I could make a lot of cash!
So how can someone make money as an affiliate? Well first you need to realize what you’re doing as an affiliate. You are advertising brands, products and companies by sharing their links on your blog, website, social account and so much more! You do not need to be a blogger or have a website to do it either. You simply need social media accounts. Share the links and earn a commission that’s it.
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Tuesday, 22 November 2022
6 Creative Ways Your Business Can Give Back To The Community
In this modern business world, the need for giving back and supporting your community has become a hot topic becauseconsumers are becoming more interested in how businesses fulfill their corporate social responsibility (CSR).
As a business, finding ways to give back to your community isn’t only ethical but also can feed the very essence of your company. It demonstrates how much you care about your community and customers and benefits your business bystrengthening customer relationships and improving employee morale.
Whether you’re just starting out in this whole giving-back-to-the-community project or simply want to extend your good deeds, this article shares creative ways to implement a good CSR initiative.
You can help in strengthening your local economy by partnering with another local business or organization and helping each other out. You can look for local organizations that mesh well with your business. For instance, if you have a restaurant, consider partnering with a local grower or farm to source your ingredients.
By building meaningful partnerships, you can boost your local credibility and help cultivate a brand reputation that you’rewilling to help others and provide value to your community.
One of the most common ways that businesses use to give back to their community is by sponsoring or organizing an event. Doing so gives you an opportunity to make a change or help other organizations make a difference. In addition, sponsoring events like charities or fundraising or even a simple community sports activity can help spread the word about organizations fighting for a good cause.
For instance, some companies like Dan's Plumbing are fundraising for several non-profit organizations like R U OK? With this initiative, Dan’s Plumbing can help these organizations raise enough funds to support their mission while inspiring and informing others about their cause.
If possible, you can offer internships to give new talents a chance to shine or hone their skills. One way to do this is to partner with an academic institution to create more meaningful opportunities for soon-to-be professionals.
You can even go an extra mile by investing in resources to tailor training programs. By creating internship opportunities, you send the signal that you truly want to invest in future professionals for the benefit of all.
Donating money to your community is a guaranteed way to lend a hand albeit simple. In comparison, offering your services or products (when applicable) to members of your company or organizations that need them can create a more significant impact.
For instance, restaurants can donate meals to feed homeless shelters or frontline workers. A veterinary clinic can create sleeping areas or provide food for stray animals. Retailers can donate goods or clothing for a local charity event or in case of natural disasters or another pandemic.
Even a simple act of generosity like providing customized shirts to your local little basketball team is a great way to show your community how much you care. As a bonus, it doubles as a marketing strategy if you include your logo or branding elements.
Committing to sustainable and green business practices ensures that you’re making a positive impact on the environment. It is also a way for you to keep your community healthy, beautiful, and clean. Examples of green practices are reducing pollution and minimizing waste.
Let your consumers know that you’re working hard to reduce waste, save valuable resources like water, or implement green initiatives throughout your business process. You can even turn your project to go green into a meaningful event by gathering your employees or volunteers to start a community garden or whole-day cleaning project.
Every community has hard-working members who have always served the public. These community heroes include:
They deserve gratitude and a token of appreciation every once in a while. Taking the initiative to reward or thank them through discounted offers can help harbor goodwill within your community.
As a business owner, your roles and responsibilities may seem never-ending. Although your main goal is to gain profit, hopefully, the ideas fleshed out in this article can inspire you to make time and exert effort to give back to your community. By implementing the above strategies, you can do more for your neighborhood and spread goodwill in your local community.