9.20.2017

Simple Solutions To Seemingly Complex Health Issues

We often overestimate the complexity of a cause for a health problem and here is a very quick example. You might have a headache. It’s persistent. It’s been with you for quite some time, maybe reoccurring over a couple of weeks. Now, if you look online, you’ll find that a headache like this is a red light for a brain tumor or something just as terrifying. However, there could be a simple solution?


Are you binge-watcher? If you know that after a time Netflix actually asks you if you want to continue watching a show, the answer is yes, you absolutely are. That means that you’re spending hours at a time staring at a screen. To get that message you need to have not touched your laptop at all, meaning your eyes have been glued to the latest show for ages. If this is a big part of your life, you will get more headaches than most people. The same goes for working at a laptop screen all day. Try taking breaks, having a wander around and squeezing in some exercise between a TV show binge. You’ll probably find that headache does go away. Here are some other seemingly complex health issues with simple solutions.

I Can’t Sleep


If you can’t sleep, there are numerous complex possible causes. Maybe you have insomnia? Insomnia is actually quite rare and is usually caused by a traumatic event. Or, perhaps you’re super stressed. You just can’t get your brain to switch off, and you need to find a way to relax. But do yourself a favor.

Before you book that spa weekend or book an appointment with a therapist, lie down on your bed. Have a wriggle around. Does it feel comfortable or is it quite lumpy? Can you feel the springs and is it too firm? If your mattress isn’t comfortable, you will have trouble getting to sleep. Check out a resource like mattress.review, and you’ll find information on all the mattresses currently available on the market. That way, you can pick a better one that isn’t going to keep you up all through the night. You’ve saved yourself a weekend at a spa and a trip to see a therapist. One of those is definitely a plus...we’re not so sure about the other.

I Really Am Stressed


Okay, you’re stressed, you need a career change, you need to reassess your personal relationships, and you definitely need to move away from the city? Wait a minute, take a deep breath, hold it for ten seconds and let it go. Do it again, and again, and again. Do you feel that? That’s your brain receiving extra oxygen, and that’s your breathing slowly regulating. You probably feel a little calmer and more secure. You might have even started to figure out a solution to the issue that is causing you stress. The answer to dealing with serious levels of stress really can be that simple. Sometimes all you need to do is take a deep breath and let life slow down a little.

Do bear in mind this article isn’t suggesting that issues like this aren’t serious. Constantly having headaches can be painful, stress can give you physical symptoms and not getting enough sleep will impact your mood. But that doesn’t mean you should look for a complex cause to an issue like this. When it comes to issues with your health, sometimes the simplest answer is the right one.

Crammed Family Home? Reshape Your Home For More Space

If you’ve rented a holiday home abroad with your family, you’ve probably noticed how big some of the houses are on the continent. The truth is scary: our British houses are incredibly small in comparison. In fact, a recent research has revealed that the UK has the smallest homes in Europe. Did you know, for example, that the average three-bedroom home – which is a standard for small families – measures 88 square metre, which is truly tiny! In reality, the growth of the population in certain areas of the country is already forcing people to ignore legal requirements. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that is going to change soon. Besides, recent changes in regulations allow to convert former commercial properties into residential, which means that the minimum size value can be easily and legally ignored. In other words, it’s no wonder your family feels a little tight in your home. In the worst case scenario, people have barely enough space to stand up comfortably in any given room. It’s about squeezing in and ignoring the clutter. Naturally, you could get used to it if it weren’t for the constant commercialisation of bigger-than-life household items – XXL TV screen anyone? So the big question is: can you adapt your lifestyle to make the most of the British shoebox homes or are there ways to make more room for real-size life?


Problem 1: British houses present a health problem
Everything that is small might be cute, but it doesn’t mean that it’s good for you. Tiny homes are the British response to the housing crisis. But the price for any home is higher than it’s even been: the value of small-sized flats sounds like the worst kind of joke, with £810,000 in London for a 41.7 sq metre apartment – yes, you’ve read me well!  But it’s more than just a problem of how expensive your home is. Riba, the Royal Institute of British Architects, have produced a report about the British shoebox homes to warn that half of newly built homes are not fit for purpose. They are too small for the family of two, three, four or more that they target. People are confined to a tiny space where they can’t socialise together comfortably and healthily. As a result, when your everyday job isn’t stressing you out, it’s your tiny home that’s driving you mad.

Besides while the homes are getting smaller, our everyday items are growing in size. It’s a nightmare situation!


Problem 2: people still want everything bigger
Your smartphone doesn’t fit in your pocket anymore thanks to an XXL screen. And when was the last time you could watch TV without your eyes turning blood red from the light? That’s a common problem in small houses where you’re forced to sit with your nose almost caressing the screen of your home cinema equipment. There simply isn’t any possibility to combine modern luxury and small homes. According to the Time, the British population prefers a king-size bed in their bedroom. With the size of bedrooms shrinking, it’s easy to see how there soon will be just barely room for a bed in your bedroom. So how do you best tackle this contagious case of shrinking homes and keep your favourite modern items at the same time?


Problem 3: who can afford a big family home?
Becoming a homeowner is difficult enough, but climbing the property ladder to buy a bigger home is almost impossible. The average price for a family home in the UK is over £307,000, according to MoveHub. Naturally, you can still find more affordable homes in certain areas, but that doesn’t change the main problem. Homes are more expensive, and they are not getting bigger. Comparatively speaking, for one extra bedroom, you end up paying in average £30,000 to £45,000 more. At that price, you could expect golden walls and ceiling! Unfortunately, this isn’t a trend that is going to stop in the near future. Within the past decades, the price of houses has increased faster than the growth in earnings. So, a bigger house is often too expensive for a family with young children and only one source of income, which means that for too many families a shoebox home is the only affordable option.


Abandoning your dreams of a family?
Young adults all over the world are refusing to have children. The primary Millennials’ arguments for not having babies – at least less than previous generations – are financial and practical. With everything becoming more expensive, they don’t think that they can afford to raise children. And finally, they don’t want to face an increase in their rent or to feel crammed in a small flat. While this might sound like an extreme view, there’s no denying that the young generation doesn’t have much of a choice when it comes to finding the perfect-sized home for their family!


Maximise your family garden
But there’s another solution that doesn’t mean buying a bigger house or ignoring your desire of having a family. You could be looking for a way to increase the size of your garden. Sounds mad? Bear with me an instant and everything will become clear. If you can find around your property an affordable land for sale that is also constructible, you can be looking at a cost-friendly solution to your size issue. Naked plots tend to be considerably cheaper than houses, and they generally indicate whether they come with a planning permission. More importantly, they offer the ideal alternative to a home office or even a guest bedroom – assuming you add a small bathroom! The thing about buying a land that touches your garden, or the back of your house, is that you can build an extra room outside of your home. It’s the best compromise between a bigger home and keeping your budget under control! Besides, there’s nothing trendier than a separate home office in your garden.


Minimalism and your family
If you can’t make your home bigger, then you need to consider changing your lifestyle to match the size of your home. The minimalist look does just that for many families. By focusing on the essentials, a minimalist lifestyle keeps your family home free of clutter and can make room for more life within. As a result, you need to get rid of everything that you don’t use and embrace a simple and clear lifestyle that emphasises space. In other words, fewer decorative items, smaller wardrobes and minimum furniture need to be your new way of living. If you prioritise your comfort and the one of your family, you’ll soon see that clearer rooms give you more space to focus on each other and bring your family together.


Smart furniture for family homes
Last option, but not least, is to purchase smart furniture that makes it possible to live in a small space without missing out on any function. Flexible furniture is a trend for tiny homes and, while it might seem expensive at first, it’s often a matter of buying only one item instead of two or more. Combining functions saves a lot of room for your family! The streamlined sofa bed is a renowned favourite to make the most of a small home: welcome your guests even if you don’t have a guest bedroom.


In the end, whether you choose to adapt your lifestyle to your tiny home or to transform your home to fit your lifestyle is a matter of finances and availability. One thing is for sure, though: Families can’t continue to live in tiny homes without making a change. A little organisation can make a big difference!

9.19.2017

The Promise of a Letter- Book Review

This is the second book in The Amish Novels Series, and just as good as the first, in fact the people we learned to love are right here.
I adore it when a book continues with the folks we lived with in the first book, and this one will warm your heart. Phoebe and Jalon are now married and expecting a baby, and Leanna is working for Daniel, fixing motors, she is not a girly girl.
We catch up with Daniel and Barbara, and your heart will break for them. A very sad happening is a catalyst for bringing Roman back to Birch Creek, Ohio, and a reunion with Leanna, and if you are familiar, they were like oil and water.
Be ready to be absorbed into the Amish life in this community, whether you are sitting down for dinner, or playing in the yard with the children, and living their faith. The community has their share of gossips and like everywhere; they spread their damage by words, and we see how all are affected.
Forgiveness and trusting God to make your path in life are strong themes in this story. Daniel and his brother Roman had a rough childhood and many hard feelings between them, but a letter from their grandmother asking them to reconcile tugged at their hearts. Leanna was not your typical Amish woman, and figured she would never get married. Roman had always rubbed her the wrong way. But God had his own plan and things started to change.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

An Amish Christmas Love: Four Novellas- Review


Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman
Three generations of Stoltzfus women are all living under the same roof. At twenty-five, Naomi has never been married, and both her mother, Barbara, and her grandmother, Ruth, have recently been widowed. Each nursing broken or lonely hearts, they also each have potential suitors. When a storm on Christmas Eve forces the three couples to take shelter in the basement of the Stotlzfus homestead, secrets are revealed, hearts are opened, and all three potential grooms drop to their knees for very different reasons—a proposal, a prayer, and an epiphany.

THE CHRISTMAS CAT is kind a sad story, but it's also sweet. Emma is spending her first Christmas without her husband and as expected is awash in a sea of memories. The story sways from present to past as she relives her courtship with Henry and their years together. A cat decides to spend Christmas with her, and some young adults stop by to share a meal and fellowship and end up snowed in. A sweet story, even if I did read it with a tear in my eye.

Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin
As a young man enjoying his rumspringa, David Byler gave his heart to an Englisch girl, but he eventually realized he couldn’t give up his Plain faith and family for her, so he let her go. He’s found a new love in his Bee County Plain community, Molly Shrock. Molly has been patient, waiting for the man she loves to love her back. Just as he is ready to propose, David makes a startling discovery: Bobbie McGregor, his Englisch love, is back. Will Molly’s prayers for a Christmas love be answered?

Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid
When a misdirected GPS sends Ellie Whetstone to the wrong address, she inadvertently finds herself breaking into the home of Amish man, Ezra Mast. Ellie hopes to fix up the house left by her aenti and sell it quickly, but a series of run-ins with Ezra and his young daughter have her questioning whether a hasty sale is the right move. Could this new place with its slower pace be the right home for Ellie?

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