11.16.2018

Need Home Health Inspiration? Look No Further!


In the movies, homes are castles which are perfect in every way. No matter the time of day or the occasion, they are spotless from top to bottom. In real life, it’s a fight to keep on top of your property’s health. There aren’t enough hours in the day to clean constantly, and some major issues go under the radar

Because you want to safeguard your health, it’s essential to ensure your house is as safe as possible. The problem is you don’t know where to begin – you’re stuck. Not to worry because this post was designed with that in mind.

Here are the home health hacks to keep in mind.

Get It Tested

Like a human being does when they are under the weather, a house needs a check up too. Otherwise, there is no way to tell if it’s sick or not because it can’t speak. Again, that’s another bit of movie magic from the Hollywood bigwigs. What is tricky is figuring out which things to test it for in the first place. As a rule, mold testing is a good idea as the bacteria are present even if there isn’t any green on the wall. Checking appliances such as the boiler and fire is savvy as well. They give off CO if they break.

Have A Backup Plan

Carbon Monoxide is well worth another mention because it’s potentially fatal in large doses. And, modern homes produce decent amounts of it without the homeowner’s knowledge. No matter how proactive you are, you’re not going to call a plumber to test the boiler on a regular basis. Apart from a waste of time, it’s expensive also. What you need is a contingency plan which alerts you to a problem, and a CO detector is perfect. Install it on the wall and it will ring when the levels get too high.

Try Little And Often

Your general wellbeing depends on the cleanliness of the house. Unfortunately, there are pressing issues which get in the way and that means the house hasn’t been dusted in a while. Not only that, but the pile of dishes is stacking up and the toilet needs a scrub. How disgusting. Thankfully, it’s quite straightforward to negate this issues with the little and often method. Rather than a deep clean once a week, try dusting every day for ten minutes. It’s incredible how much dirt and grime disappear with little effort.

Remove Chemicals

The clue is in the title – they aren’t healthy. However, they do serve a purpose as they keep dirt at bay. So, you need them, right? No, not necessarily as it is possible to clean the house without industry-grade compounds. Plenty of organic cleaners will cut through the grime without leaving any traces of bleach. Regarding eating and drinking utensils, this is fantastic because it means nothing harmful enters your body. Try and avoid exposure to pesticides for rodents and insects too.

Hopefully, the tips above will inspire you to boost you and your home’s health.

The Structure & The Story: Protecting Your Home Investment Prior To Selling


It's such a big journey, going from your first home; where you set up a life for yourself, but now it's time to move on, because you've outgrown this place. But whenever you move on to next in life, you've made a sacrifice, and an investment, in this home, and it's your right to get as much financial leverage from it is possible. In these precarious financial times, selling our home could be the best way for us to get a tidy profit to keep us ticking over for a few years. But while selling houses is something that happens on a daily basis, do we really have the necessary knowledge to protect this investment before we sell up?
Keeping It Structurally Sound
Houses are sturdy, but if you live in an area that's continually battered by fearsome weather conditions, the damage sustained over the years could shave off a considerable amount of the final balance. To protect your structure, you need to not just look at the home with a subjective perspective, and look at it from the point of view of a prospective buyer, but you need to ensure that it is physically sound, and is economical. The roof is one good example; after many years of bad weather, when we're in a rush to vacate the property, we could neglect this important part. But there are suppliers like Erie Metal Roofs that can make the property look much better, but also protect the structure of the property. Safety is always a priority, and nobody wants a dilapidated house, because it will never sell, but focusing on the structure first provides a valuable framework to operate within.
Focusing On First Impressions
You have to look at your property from the point of view of someone who is seeing the place for the first time. It takes a matter of seconds for us to make a decision about the place, and when selling up our home, not only do we have to focus on curb appeal and all of its various offshoots, but we have to provide that je ne sais quoi that will tempt someone to step in through the front door. It's not done exclusively on curb appeal now, but we can look inside anybody's home because of the promotional materials on a real estate website. We've all seen terrible pictures taken of the interiors of a property, and while the most forgiving of people chalk it down to a bad angle, most of us wouldn't dare approach to place. So as far as first impressions can't, you can tell a story through the pictures you put on the website. But don't dress it up as more than the sum of its parts. It has to be an honest depiction.
Protecting your home investment comes in many different ways, but when you're selling up, the story you tell of a property is what can give it some character, but not the personality that's exclusive to you. It’s all about the structure and the story.


11.15.2018

Ways to Prep Your Toddler for a New Baby Sibling


 Bringing a new baby home is a great joy, but a big challenge for the parents too. Not
only do you need to take care of the newborn, but you’ll also have to accustom your
firstborn to their new sibling. The process of accepting the younger sister or brother
will be easier for some kids, but it may also be a struggle for others. That’s why you
need to prepare your toddlers for the new baby sibling, and this is how.

Talk to them about the new sibling
It’s important that you inform your child on time, that there will be a new baby in
the house soon. Make sure you do so before your baby bump starts to grow, and let
them know that your body is about to start changing. Try to explain anything that
they’re curious about, and make the responses as clear and as detailed as possible.
They should know why the new baby will require your undivided attention, and
don’t forget to mention that you used to carry them around when they were little
too. Let them know that babies can’t communicate in any other way but with fussing
and crying, and that your older one needs to get used to more noise around the
house.


Play with them when possible
Considering all babies tend to sleep a lot, try to use those quiet times to play with
your older child, whenever you’re not feeling too tired. They say that the mom
should sleep whenever the new baby is sleeping, but when you have an older child,
you can cut back on the naps a little. So, explain to your older child that you can have
fun together, but quietly, while the newborn is resting. This is the best way to make
them cooperative, and more patient about the new baby’s sleeping habits. Think
about installing the handy Kiindred app for your phone and look for some fun
articles that can illustrate and explain everything your toddler is curious about. This
way, you can spend time together, and have fun exploring all the new information
about infants.


Let them be your little helper
Little ones love to be treated as adults, because that makes them feel important.
Therefore, let them help you change the newborn , and even allow them to be around
while you’re breastfeeding. They can hand you over a new diaper, or a cushion for
your back to make you comfortable while you’re feeding the baby. Also, if they want
to be a part of other baby-related chores, allow them to participate in bathing, hand
you over wipes while you’re changing the little one, or have a pacifier at hand
whenever the baby starts to cry. They can even have a special doll thatthat can act as
their little baby, which will help them accept the fact that they can’t feed or rock the
baby yet, but they can still have their own baby to take care of until they’re more
grown up.


Get them a gift too
Newborns are always showered with gifts, which can cause plenty of jealousy with
your toddler. Therefore, make sure you have a gift ready for them after the baby
arrives. Explain to them that all the gifts are there to celebrate the new baby’s
arrival, and that they’ve also received a bunch of presents when they were born.
Make sure you show them which presents those were, and after the new baby is
home, you can hand them over a present saying it was from the new baby. This will
help them accept the sibling much faster, and won’t make them hostile.


Welcoming a new baby to your home will cause a lot of change, but the biggest one
will be with your older child. That’s why you need to do your best to prepare them
for the arrival of their little sibling, so they don’t act out or make too much trouble
when the baby is home.

11.13.2018

Putting together a diet plan if you have diabetes.

Diabetes is a medical condition a lot of people suffer from. However, it can be easily managed by following a healthy eating plan. Managing health through what you eat is important because it prevents medical conditions from becoming worse. There are specific diabetic diet plans you can follow. However, it is recommended to follow the advice given in this blog post, and then come up with your own plan to suit you. After all, everybody has different tastes, and ensuring you enjoy your diet will give you the best chance of sticking to it.


Limit your intake of highly refined carbohydrates
Firstly, let’s deal with carbohydrates as these have a substantial impact on your level of blood sugar. It is advisable to limit your intake of highly refined carbohydrates, such as white bread. Instead, you should incorporate high-fibre complex carbohydrates into your diet. These will help to keep your blood sugar levels moderate because they are slow release carbs and therefore they ensure your body does not produce too much insulin. Great carbohydrates to include are; high-fibre breakfast cereals, wholegrain bread, sweet potatoes and brown rice.
Analyse the glycaemic index
In addition to this you should also analyse the glycaemic index (GI). This has been designed to tell you how quickly food turns into sugar when in your system. Anything with a rating over 50 is considered to have a greater effect on blood glucose levels, whilst those below 50 boast a low GI. Some foods to avoid based on this assessment include; scones (85), bananas (60), white baps (90), honey (60), baked potato (60), mashed potato (75), parsnips (80) and beetroot (60). However, the following foods all have low GI and therefore will not have a substantial impact on your blood sugar levels; aubergine (15), skimmed milk (35), peppers (<15), chickpeas (22), wholemeal rye bread (40), mushroom (<15) and whole-wheat pasta (50).

Be mindful of your alcohol consumption
You also need to be cautious about the amount of alcohol you drink - alcohol and diabetes aren’t a good match! Two standard drinks at a maximum per day are recommended.

Your sweet tooth
And finally, just because you are diabetic does not mean you have to kiss goodbye to your sweet tooth. You don’t have to eliminate sugar altogether, you simply need to be careful with your level of intake. If you are going to have a dessert after your meal then try and limit carbohydrates from your main meal. Add some healthy fats, such as yoghurt, nuts, and peanut butter to your dessert. Fats actually stop your blood sugar levels from rising as quickly because they slow down the digestive process.

Hopefully, you now feel more prepared to put together a diet plan that takes into account your diabetes. Do not hesitate to consult your doctor or nutritionist if you would like further help.

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