Life Lately

It has been forever since I hammered out a life lately post.

Life has been so busy.  I recently had to cut some things out of my life as I had no time to do anything that needed to be done. I feel good about the things I have cut out of my life though and my blog has been neglected.

I did do some travel for work last month, a little nervous but I did great. I will be learning a new action plan and hopefully help my work become even more successful.
We celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary, I love being married to this man 💘

We have been staying close to home since January as we are saving for a trip to Colorado to see my sister and babies.

Brooke has been keeping busy with grade 9 almost over.  She is also in the glee choir, orchestra, and piano lessons, she is a busy girl.

Hubby just finished a major project with government and he has started a new one that is crazy busy. He is enjoying it though.

Signs You May Actually Need to Lose Weight

The extra weight can sneak up on us like a thief in the night, sooner than we even
notice our body is changing. And before we know it, we cannot recognize ourselves
in the mirror. In order to remove any possibility of guesswork, make sure you
carefully read these signs and symptoms that can show whether it is time to lose
weight or not.

That gut feeling

You’ve probably noticed that you can answer an abundance of questions by simply
paying attention. What is that little voice telling you? “Oh my God, I can’t believe
these jeans don’t fit me anymore” or “Wow, I’ve been eating so much junk food
Often, we are well aware of the fact that we need to lose weight, but the thing is, we
also often don’t or can’t admit it to ourselves. That is why we have to listen to our
intuition. By ignoring the problem, you are actually contributing stress and taking a
mental toll. However, once you switch from worry to action, you will be able to drop
both emotional and physical weight.

Your partner complains about you snoring

Loud snoring and gasping are possible symptoms of sleep apnea, and this disorder
results in decreased oxygen levels in your blood as well as poor night’s sleep
because it awakes you during the night. Actually, the most common cause of sleep
apnea is obesity and excess weight – according to WebMD. So in other words, if you
are feeling more tired than usual during the day and plus, your partner tells you that
you snore loudly, you could possibly have sleep apnea. Just by losing some weight
you will be able to skip seeing the sleep specialist, wearing that annoying medical
device while you sleep, as well as this disorder in general.

Your weight goes up constantly

Did you notice that you are steadily gaining several pounds each year? And that the
only way your weight has been going over the last couple of years is up? This is a
great warning sign, and something that shouldn’t be ignored, because a couple of
pounds a year doesn’t seem like a lot, but when it compounds over time, it will leave
you with a lot of weight you will then have to burn, and with an abundance of gym equipment to use in order to 

get back in shape.

Your joints hurt

Are your hips, knees and back aching almost all the time? This is happening because
all that excess weight puts pressure on your joints, and can easily wear down the
tissue around them, which will cause joint ache and uncomfortable movements.
You always have many excuses
If you are constantly rationalizing your unhealthy choices by selling yourself on the
notion of how you don’t have time to prepare and plan your meals and work out,
this might be the time to drop both your excuses and your weight. Have in mind that
this mindset only makes you feel better at that particular moment, while it doesn’t
help you live better. Step outside your comfort zone, and start being brutally honest
with yourself in order to let your self-love come out.

Your clothes don’t fit

You used to love your comfy jeans, and now, suddenly they are no longer as comfy
as you thought they are. If your clothes are suddenly too tight or simply don’t fit,
don’t blame it on your washing machine, but on yourself.

Your numbers are off

If your BMI (Body Mass Index) is elevated and your waist is bigger than 35 inches, it
is time for you to drop those pounds. Have in mind that your risks for diabetes, as
well as high cholesterol and blood pressure, are jumping up when your waist is
larger than 35 inches.

You just don’t feel good

If you suddenly feel tender to the touch, fatigued a lot of time, or simply lack the
energy, it can be due to the inflammation caused by a sudden appearance of the
excess fat in your body. That aching feeling can be a result of too much fat, while the
constant fatigue can be caused by inflammation.

Did these symptoms ring true to you? If so, give yourself some credit for starters,
because with becoming fully aware of your situation, you’ve made the first step
towards your “healing”. Just be persistent and never give up, no matter the
obstacles. In the end, it’s all worth it


5 Ways to Bring Moroccan Flavour into Your Home

Highly exotic and intriguingly intricate, Moroccan-inspired design will fill your home with visual interest and a touch of mystique. By introducing Moroccan style to your home, you’ll create an authentic look with an oriental flair. It will bring a sense of cultural diversity to your space and set the tone of rich elegance and traditional luxury. This exquisite style focuses on bright, conspicuous hues, intricate patterns and lush materials that can truly capture the essence of the Moroccan design. Thus, if you’re an
aficionado of all things oriental, you should give your home a bit of Moroccan flavor.

Use rugs everywhere

Rugs deserve special attention when it comes to Moroccan style. Not only will they help you capture the spirit of Moroccan design, but they will also embellish your home in so many exciting ways. Beautifully woven Moroccan area rugs can be used both on your floors and walls, creating an artisanal look.
Luxurious rugs bring texture, warmth, comfort and style to a space, so you should definitely let them inside your Moroccan home. Vintage, faded rugs have a special appeal, filling your space with a unique sense of antique beauty.

Embrace lush textures

Opulent fabrics give a Moroccan-inspired space a rich, layered look, even more so when used in bold colors and playful patterns. Textiles accentuate both texture and design, contributing to the visual appeal of a space. Throw pillows are an integral part of this oriental style, creating a cosy and enchanting look. For instance, lush Karavan cushions can fill your space with a touch of gold and a
meandering pattern. You can also introduce floor cushions that will add another layer of coziness and texture to your space. Luxurious drapes, soft throws and opulent covers are all exotic additions that you can bring to your Moroccan-inspired home.

Go with intricate furniture

Moroccan furniture is truly authentic, bringing mesmerizing designs to a space. You should introduce furniture with carved details and embellishments to your home. Carved wood is an essential element of
Moroccan style and it’s used for lovely seats and chairs, chests and dressers and exotic room dividers.
Featuring clean, simple lines, such pieces allow their delicate carving to take the central stage. Furniture is typically low to the ground, which creates an inviting, warm atmosphere. Room dividers, in particular, are a must in a Moroccan-inspired home. Not only are they themselves enticing details, but they also create intricate shadows as a result of their beautiful patterns.

Diversity of colours and patterns

A stunning palette of bold colors is what gives such a powerful vibe to a Moroccan space. Although there are several dominant hues, such as blue, green, orange and brown, this style calls for diversity, providing you with an opportunity to mix and match different shades. Since Moroccan-inspired design features an upbeat vibe, it will bring a sense of playfulness to a space. It draws inspiration from the surrounding landscapes – ocean blues, greens and turquoises, desert oranges and beige's and rich purples are set against a subtle neutral backdrop, creating a perfect balance. Diversity is an important aspect of Moroccan patterns, as well. From abstract to geometric, patterns are mixed and matched into
intricate designs in combination with equally stunning hues.
Install Moroccan-inspired lighting Lighting is yet another important element of Moroccan style and it will help you both elevate your decor and create an exotic, intimate ambiance. Dimmed lighting is preferred in Moroccan homes and it’s typically introduced through colorful glass pendants and lamps. Fixtures made of carved wood are also used as a way to give a mystic vibe to a Moroccan space. In particular, enticing lanterns are used to bathe a space in mesmerizing shadows. Vintage fixtures are also popular as a bedside solution, while lights with mosaic patterns can truly create an exotic look.
Moroccan style will bring a diversity of patterns, colors and shapes to your home. It will fill it with a rich oriental vibe where every piece has a uniquely exotic charm.


5 Child-Friendly Locations in Europe

Traveling with the kids in Europe might be easier than you think, although it requires a bit of planning ahead. There are many child-friendly cities and destinations, with something for everyone: from babies to teenagers. Get ready to have adventures, discover fairy tale castles, learn new things and have fun with your kids at these five destinations.

1. Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh has a wide range of excellent attractions which are perfect for stimulating children of all ages.
Stroll through Edinburgh Castle and admire the incredible views of the city, as well as the Crown Jewels and the cannon Mons Meg.

The Museum of Childhood offers a collection of childrens toys throughout the ages, as well as a dress- up area and a puppet theatre. Climb to the top of the Scott Monument or see the locations that inspired scenes and characters in the Harry Potter series.
Experience simulated earthquakes and tropical rainstorms at the Dynamic Earth museum or get up close to the chimps and see the giant pandas and penguins at the Edinburgh Zoo. Children will also enjoy a visit to the Butterfly and Insect World where they can meet a variety of creepy crawlies.

2. The Algarve, Portugal

If you are looking for more of a beach holiday, then the Algarve is your perfect choice. Accommodation options abound, getting there has never been easier, and you and the kids will simply be spoiled for choice when it comes to parking your beach towels for the day.
No matter where you go in the Algarve, there will be a child friendly beach nearby, and there are also water sports to enjoy, from surfing and paddle boarding to diving and bungee jumping.
Make sure to do your research on the area you want to visit – the weather is nice all year round, so that is one thing you will not have to worry about. The food is amazing everywhere in the region, and it will give the kids a chance to try some new dishes.

3. The Camino de Santiago, Spain

If your kids love adventures, walk the Camino de Santiago. It is a network of pilgrim roads that lead to
Santiago de Compostela. There are many routes, but the Camino Frances might be the best since it can be easily broken into sections. Younger children may need a stroller or a cart, but the older ones will be fine walking on their own.
Children will enjoy the landscapes and nature around them. 
Encourage them to observe animals and plants along the way or 
create little tasks they can do. Let them talk to other pilgrims about their own country and culture. Together, you can learn a new language and discover the history and culture of
Forget about technology, and bring some games you can play together in the evening, so you can spend some quality time with them. If you make an adventure out of it, it would be an unforgettable trip.

4. Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik is incredibly safe for a capital city and has plenty of family-friendly activities to keep your kids active and entertained.

This city is filled with community pools, heated with geothermal water. Many of them have special childrens sections including slides. Feed and pet a reindeer, a seal or other major Icelandic farm animals and wild-land mammals at the Animal Zoo and Family Park.

Catching the Northern lights and seeing a whale will be experiences they will never forget. You can also experience the wonders of the natural world. Climb to the top of Mount Esja, see the wildlife at Tjornin
Lake or try horseback riding through the valleys. If you visit the Saga Museum, your kids can dress-up in Viking garb, or you can head to a boat trip on a 9th century Viking vessel.

5. Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled in Slovenia is the perfect place for active kids who like being outdoors the whole year round.
With lovely lake beaches, no one will complain they would rather be beside the seaside.
Hike up to Bled Castle, at the top of the cliff, and take in the spectacular views. 
Visit Vintgar Gorge and explore a waterfall, or take a boat or gondola ride to the island in the middle of the lake.
Visit a land of fairy tales, located at the foothills of Straza where magical creatures come to life. There is also an Adventure park on Straza, where the whole family can enjoy the attractions and challenges set up in the woods. Dont forget to try the Bled cream cake, a symbol of this place.

Every one of these locations has plenty to offer for both the kids and the parents. Have fun and enjoy yourself with them. Traveling is a great way to open your kids’ minds and let them experience other places and cultures. Don't miss the chance to create piles of lifelong memories.


Celeb Secrets: How to Get a Hollywood Smile

Even though it is not a good idea to compare yourself to a celebrity, sometimes you just can’t help it. After all, these people are PAID to look perfect. Whether it is their hair, their skin or their teeth, everything is just stunning. However, bear in mind that
most of them aren’t just born with it. You actually can look as a movie star if you “do some work”. This time, we will focus entirely on the smile. Without further ado, here is how to “be one of them”.

Brush more often

The general recommendation is to brush your teeth before bed and in the morning.
And you wouldn’t believe how many people tend to neglect the importance of brushing their teeth before going to bed and simply don’t do it. Let me just say that this is a hundred times worse than skipping a morning brushing. Why? When we are asleep, our mouth produces almost no saliva, which makes it easier for all the
bacteria to inhabit our mouth. Furthermore, all the bacteria that got inside your mouth during the day will spend the night in there.
Also, lower the risk of bad breath and tooth decay by brushing your tongue as well.

Use fluoride toothpaste because this chemical is the best defense against tooth decay, since it kills all the germs and covers your teeth with a special protective barrier.

You are what you eat

Three words: ditch acidic foods. Acidity breaks down your tooth enamel and exposes dentin, so all the germs and bacteria can easily penetrate into the tooth.
This results in tooth decay. And just to make things completely clear: as soon as sugar gets in contact with saliva, it turns into acid. This, of course, doesn’t mean you have to forget about sweets altogether, but control your portions.
While on the topic of nutrition, consider switching to xylitol gum, since xylitol will trick the bacteria into thinking they can consume it, while in reality, they won’t be able to digest it. And since that will be the only sugary substance in their surroundings, the bacteria will starve to death.

Change your habits

It probably is quite relaxing to have a glass of red wine when you get home from work, but remember that whatever can stain your white teeth can also stain your teeth. Again, this doesn’t mean you should never drink a colored beverage, but brush your teeth after or have a glass of water with it.
Oh, and don’t even get me started on smoking cigarettes.
Have a talk with your dentist
That perfect Hollywood smile is not just about whiteness. It is about the health and shape of your teeth as well. And let’s be real here, most of us simply aren’t blessed with 32 perfect pearls in our mouth. This is why you should do your dental checkups regularly, and do everything you can to make your teeth as perfect as they
can be, whether it is with the help of braces or maybe even some implants – don’t be afraid to splurge. If you are an Aussie, you must have heard of all on 4 dental implants in Sydney that everyone is doing right now. And if you aren’t satisfied with
the shape of your teeth, book your appointment right now.


If the color of your teeth is your insecurity, whitening is always an option. You can either do it by yourself with the help of whitening strips, or have it done professionally. Note that the first option is more budget-friendly and easier, and the
second one gives long-lasting results, BUT has some risks worth having in mind.

Makeup can help

If you wear makeup, check this smart solution out – you can make your teeth look whiter if you wear blue-based lipsticks. Sounds crazy, right? However, it is all connected to the color wheel – blue hues cancel out yellow tones when they are one beside another.


Not even the tiniest toothpick can sometimes pull out those tiny specks. Flossing is something you simply MUST do, if you want your teeth to remain healthy. Don’t be lazy about it, since it takes around minute and a half of your time.
And that would be it. As you can see, you too can rock that Hollywood smile, with just a little bit of effort.


Procrastination Elimination: finding your focus

Close-up of the dial of an antique clock

Time is a very challenging thing for a lot of people. With tomorrow forever on the horizon, it can be very easy to put off the important things in life, especially when they aren’t the funnest in the world. Of course, though, this isn’t the best way to get things done, and it could make things even harder if you’re not careful. To help you out with your procrastination, this post will be exploring some of the best ways to combat it, while also giving you the chance to focus on the parts of life which you enjoy.

Be Proactive: It may seem obvious, but a lot of people don’t see the benefit of simply being proactive when it comes to the commitments they have. No one can make you do anything like you can, and this gives you the power to handle anything which is thrown your way; you just have to do it. Of course, it isn’t always as easy as this, though, and a lot of people come to realise that they can’t rely on their will power to get them through some jobs.

Set Some Deadlines: Deadlines are a very powerful tool when you’re trying to fight the natural urge to be lazy. When you have a job to do, and there isn’t much time to do it, giving yourself a goal to complete it by will always make it easier to crack on. Using a tool like Google Calendar, you can set reminders which will warn you as these times get closer, giving you the chance to keep yourself on top of jobs without relying on yourself to do it. You will often already have this sort of motivation in your normal job. It will probably work well in this setting, and will have the same effect at home.

Create A List: As an extension of your deadlines, lists can also be very helpful as a tool to keep you on the right track. This works best for goals which you are looking forward to, but involve hard work to achieve, like your furniture goals or new career. It’s often best to write this on paper, instead of typing it out. This will give you the chance to commit the ideas to memory, while also getting you nice and excited in the process.

Create A Mood Board: Some people may not find a list to be very intuitive, unfortunately. This doesn’t mean that you’re out of options, though, and something a little more graphical could be a better option. A mood board is a collection of images which represent a theme. In this case, the theme will be the goal you’re trying to achieve, with the images relating directly to it. This can serve as a great reminder of what you’re working for when you’re finding motivation hard to come by.

Use Other People: The people around you are more than just a social playground, and the friends and family members you have can be a great driving force when you’re trying to achieve something. By telling them what you have in mind, you will spark a chain reaction which will see you being questioned whenever you see them. Not only will this act as a reminder, but it can also help to keep you inspired when you see how many people believe in you.

Keep On Top: Finally, as the last area to consider, it will be hard to stay on top of this sort of approach to life if you’re not hard on yourself. Putting things off after a good run will put you back to square one. It doesn’t have to be this way, though, and most people have the power to make a difference in their own life. Even when things get tough, using the tools above will be an excellent way to keep pushing forwards, and most people will relish the benefits which this sort of work can provide.

Being irresponsible is alright when you’re young, don’t have commitments, and are only just starting in life. As time goes on, though, it is very important that you alter the course of this sort of habit. When you’re in a career, your livelihood could rely on certain jobs being done, and it will be hard to get back on your feet if you fail. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to be too worried. As long as you work hard, remain attentive, and use the advice in this post, you should be well on your way to finding a better life.

Brushing Your Teeth with Baking Soda: Is it Safe or Not?

Do you plan to start brushing your teeth with baking soda? Sounds good, but before you go ahead, it’s better to know the pros and cons of the act. Because,your teeth and gums are sensitive, and you’d not want to risk them ever, would you?
But yes, you should know that several toothpaste companies now use baking soda as a component in their products. This should encourage you given how brands find baking soda an alternative for brushing your teeth.
On the flip side, there are dental experts who warn against using baking soda on your teeth, especially regularly. This may cause some damage along the way. So, you must tread with caution and try to know the plusses and minuses of sodium bi-carbonate for your teeth, before moving ahead.

Pros of brushing teeth with baking soda

● It helps clean teeth

● Toothpaste containing baking soda are more effective for your teeth than those without
● It works as an excellent agent against plaque formation

● Baking soda can minimize stains and plaque formed using tobacco, tea or coffee

● It releases free radicals when comes in contact with water to help in teeth whitening
● Baking soda ensures a brighter and whiter smile

● It is considered helpful in prevention of decay and cavity formation

● Baking soda neutralizes the acidic levels of residual foods to help fight bad breath

● It is good for treating painful mouth ulcers

Cons of brushing teeth with baking soda

● Baking soda is raw form is not as well-packaged as toothpastes, so they lack elements and properties of a good product
● Unlike your toothpaste, baking soda lacks fluoride required to stop or minimize the risks of cavities

● It may not kill off bacteria causing plaque as effectively as a good toothpaste

● Baking soda can damage your enamel if not used in a right proportion

● Brushing your teeth with baking soda may lead to tooth decay as the uncertainty about the right amount can harm the enamel

● It has abrasive properties which is not good for your gums, and if not used correctly, might cause problems for gums as well
● Using baking soda in excess, on a regular basis, comes with a variety of risks to your teeth and gums.

● Many top dental associations across the world don’t approve brushing teeth with baking soda due to risks of gradual damage to your teeth
● By using baking soda for brushing, you are unable to re-mineralize teeth and prevent cavities

● The unpleasant feeling and taste of baking soda can linger on in your mouth hours after you have finished brushing
● It’s not good for people using braces as it can soften the adhesive, and may also create dark spots

● Your retainers will go loose if you brush your teeth with baking soda

● It’s not fit for people who prefer a pleasant or refreshing aftertaste as baking soda feels gritty

Safety recommendations for brushing teeth with baking soda

● Be cautious with the amount of baking soda used on a daily basis

● Use only a small amount to minimize the risk of enamel erosion

● Use it in the powder form on a wet toothbrush

● Use baking soda on your teeth only twice a week else it may cause damage over time
● Do not use extra force on your teeth when brushing with baking soda

● Make sure the brushing session does not last more than 2 minutes

● Don’t consider it a replacement for your toothpaste

● You can use the paste even after having brushed with baking soda
● Consult a dentist New York NY if you ever find some issues to your teeth or gums with using baking soda

Author Bio: Praveen Singh is a writer and blogger, and a professional interested in
sharing interesting ideas with the world. His blogs give a peek into things that aim
to inform, enrich and entertain the readers. He loves sharing views on anything
that provides value to the readers and helps broaden their horizon.


Things you need to do before starting a home business

Almost everyone thinks about starting a small business of their own at some point. In fact, when you’ve had a long and difficult day at work, nothing seems better. You get to work the hours you want to work, do the jobs that you want to do, and be your own boss, so you answer to no one but yourself. The only thing that could possibly top this is running a business from home, as it means that you don’t have to commute to work or wear smart clothes every day. However, there’s a lot that needs doing before you get there. Here are some things you need to do.

1. Choose What To Sell
Unless you’ve already had a eureka moment and know exactly what it is that you want to sell, you’re going to have to come up with a great product or service. This task seems simple enough, but it’s a lot harder than it first appears. To make your life easier, you should look at the skills and knowledge you already possess and see if this could be of any use. You could also consider the things you’re passionate about, and turn one of your hobbies into a business.

2. Discover Your Target Market
Once you’ve thought of something great to sell, you need to figure out who you’re going to sell it to. Sometimes this is easy, but other times it requires a lot of thought and research to narrow down an ideal buyer. Once you have, you can tailor your product or service to suit them, making them more likely to buy it. This information will also make marketing easier, as it means that you only have to aim adverts at one type of person, rather than everyone.

3. Find Somewhere To Work
You may have decided to work from home, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that there's currently space for an office. Chances are, you’re going to have to do some rearranging and create a space for you to work out of. You may also need to contact a company, like Bekins Moving Solution, to store some of your belongings, so you’ve got room to work. Once you’ve created a space, you need to fill it will office furniture and supplies.  
 A great place to find office supplies and stationery to use would be to check out Office Monster. Their website is a safe place to shop and payments are securely managed by Stripe and Paypal, plus your connection to our website is secure and covered by our site-wide SSL.

They are committed to giving you the best and by our standards this means great customer service, great quality office supplies and stationery products at competitive prices. That’s why so many customers choose us as their preferred supplier.

4. Make Sure You’re Supported
Running a small business isn’t an easy task, so it’s vital that you’ve got enough support. This is especially true with a home-based business, as you’ll likely affect your family and home life. Once you have your family’s blessing, you need to make sure that you have help in other areas, like accounting and the legal side of things. After all, the last thing that you want to do is make a mistake and have to shut down, simply because you didn’t consult with professionals.

Starting a home-based business is no easy mission. In fact, it takes a lot of hard work and time to be successful. That being said, the advice above should help you out and make the process a lot smoother.


Where Should You Spend A Weekend In Europe

European countries are known for their vibrant cities, famous restaurants, museums, architecture, and nightlife, so choosing which country to visit can be quite difficult. Every year, millions of people travel to Europe from all around the globe just to get a good taste of its interesting culture. But since Europe is a blend of ancient and modern civilization, every city has its own unique story.
Here is a list of 5 most interesting cities in Europe – to help you make this very difficutl choice.


If you’re looking for a place that is full of character, has jaw-dropping architecture, and an exciting Mediterranean atmosphere, then Barcelona is the best choice for you. This city dates back over 2,000 years, which makes it one of the world’s oldest cities. Since Barcelona is the home to one of the best football clubs in the world, it is always a good idea to visit Camp Nou, their football stadium which has a capacity of almost 100,000. If you’re a fan of architecture, then you can’t miss the opportunity to admire one of Gaudi’s masterpieces – the Sagrada Familia. Rich in geometric forms and religious symbolism, this monument will definitely leave you breathless.


You’ll hardly find another big city that is as rich in history as Prague. Know that if you visit this city, you will definitely have a lot to see. Whether you have only 24 hours or a few days to spend in Prague, the best way to experience this city is to simply stroll around. Prague Castle is the world’s largest castle complex and includes the gothic St. Vitus Cathedral. Although many European cities were destroyed and rebuilt in the 17th and 18th century, the buildings of Prague were left untouched. Since this city wasn’t severely damaged during World War II, it represents a breathtaking mix of gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture. The city is also excellent for hosting events, if you are looking to put together a team building event or an out of town family gatherding.


If the city of Amsterdam is next on your bucket list, then you should know that the best way to explore this Dutch capital is by riding a bike. It’s worth mentioning that bikes outnumber humans in Amsterdam, because the city is fully adapted to cycling. From huge music festivals to cultural carnivals, this city has something to offer to everyone. For example, if you’re a fan of history and culture then don’t miss the chance to visit the Van Gogh Museum or the Anne Frank House. And if you are interested in music and nightlife, then you should visit some of the city’s legendary nightclubs.


The most exciting thing about visiting the capital of Iceland is the fact that you don’t have to venture into the middle of nowhere in order to see nature’s most popular scenery – the Aurora Borealis. Reykjavik is also a home to museums like the Viking Maritime Museum and the Einar Jonsson Museum. The best way to see absolutely every part of the city is to visit Reykjavik’s Hallgrímskirkja church which has a viewing platform at the top of its tower. Also, another interesting way to experience this beautiful city is to simply go on a helicopter ride over the city.


Visiting the capital of Portugal for the weekend will surely be one of your most memorable trips. There is truly a lot that you can see here in two days. Since Lisbon is almost 2,700 years old, it effortlessly blends modernism with traditional heritage, which makes it perfect for people who like bustling cities. While visiting Lisbon, you’re actually never too far away from a breathtaking view. This city is built on seven hills that provide you with amazing views, especially if you visit their famous rooftop bars and restaurants.


Tackle These Common Kids’ Health Problems Like a Pro

Any parent knows: there’s nothing quite so scary and stressful as a sick child. Luckily, a lot of health issues that commonly occur during childhood can be treated successfully. It’s often very important to tackle issues as soon as possible, to minimize their long-term impact. Here are some of the most common health problems that occur in children, and what you can do about them.

Stomach bugs
Many viruses can cause gastroenteritis – or what we commonly refer to as a stomach bug. The symptoms include stomach ache, diarrhea, vomiting, sometimes followed by a fever and a general feeling of weakness and even dizziness. Gastroenteritis should never be underestimated, especially with younger children, as it can lead to serious dehydration relatively quickly. If your child comes down with a stomach bug, the most important thing is to keep them hydrated. Give them water or electrolyte solution by the spoonful, because they might not be able to hold down too much liquid at once. If the vomiting or diarrhea is so severe that your little one has trouble keeping anything down, see a doctor immediately.

Eye and sight problems

Children are most commonly diagnosed with sight issues from the age six. Although some of these issues can be congenital, or appear at an earlier age, they are usually noticed when children start school or begin to watch TV more often. Some issues, like astigmatism, sometimes get resolved on their own as the child grows, but in the meantime wearing prescription glasses can help them see better. Another common issue in children is eye teaming or convergence dysfunction. Vision therapy can treat eye teaming for children to improve their vision system. Shortsightedness, which is one of the most common eye problems in children, can actually be treated very successfully using overnight contact lenses. This gentle solution causes no discomfort which makes it appropriate even for younger children. The overnight lenses work by reshaping the cornea over a period of time, ultimately resulting in maximum light refraction absorption.

The common cold

Anything from 5 to 8 colds per year is perfectly normal for a child. Your number one treatment options are plenty of fluids and rest. Mild aches and high temperature can be treated with children’s pain medication such as paracetamol or ibuprofen (consult your doctor or pharmacist about the appropriate dosage for your child’s weight and age). Saline solution is the best way to get rid of congestion. If your child is too young to blow their nose, use an aspirator to remove excessive mucus. This will facilitate breathing. If your child’s cold seems severe, starts getting worse, or doesn’t clear within a few days, consult a doctor.

Ear pain

Unfortunately, ear infections are as common as they are painful. They can be extremely stressful for parents of young children who can’t verbalize what hurts. There are many common causes of ear pain, such as swimmer’s ear, toothache, ear infections, and pressure due to a cold. Very often ear pain first occurs at night, which just adds to the stress of the situation. In case of strong, acute pain, it’s best to give your child a dose of over-the-counter pain relief medication for children, and then take your little one to see a doctor immediately. Ear infections are commonly followed by a fever as well, but the pain medication should be able to lower it temporarily. A doctor will examine your child’s ears and determine whether antibiotics or ear drops are needed to treat the condition. However if its tinnitus, it may also be caused by prolonged exposure to loud noise, medication side-effects or an underlying medical condition. So parents must bring their child for early diagnosis and treatment if they suspect tinnitus as early detection and management can help avoid long-term hearing loss. There are hearing aids or sound masking devices available which may help relieve symptoms; for best treatment and tinnitus management, consult with an audiology professional for advice and management strategies.

One of the most important things you can do for your children is to monitor their health, take them for regular checkups, and keep informed about the most effective treatment options. By doing this, you will not only be nipping any health issues in the bud, but you will also teach your children to have a responsible attitude when it comes to their health. As we all know, children learn best from experience and positive role models, so by being mature and vigilant both in the face of problems and with preventative measures, you will be teaching them an invaluable lesson.

Powerful Tips to Help You Become Fearless

When you think about your life, how many times were you discouraged by fear? How many opportunities did you miss, and how many times did fear compromise your beliefs? From injustices that you had to overlook because you were afraid to speak up, to chances lost because you didn’t want to take a risky leap of faith. And when you look at important people from history or even people you admire that are around you, it is obvious that the best of humans are the ones with strong wills, with uncompromising kindness and bravery to them.
But how did they become like this? Were they born into it? For the most part, no. Fearlessness is something that you need to learn, it’s a lesson that life will give to you if you let it. If you want to know how to embrace it and become truly bold, then there are some things that you can do. Fearlessness comes from bravery

Fearlessness and bravery are actually not the same thing. To be brave is to face your fears, and it’s the first step you need to take to be able to let them go completely. For the most part, fear is something that never comes true. The human mind simply tends to focus on bad things and memorize them better, but being afraid of failure is generally a self-perpetuating prophecy. It doesn’t happen because it’s a representation of reality, it happens because we are so focused on bad things that it stunts our ability to see good things around us and makes us lose confidence.
So, what should you do? Face your fears. Slowly, step by step. Look at what makes you afraid and examine why it makes you afraid.

Meditation is a form of self-reflection, and there’s no greater way to soothe a troubled mind than to meditate on a daily basis. The process doesn’t have to be long at all – only 5-10 minutes a day can make a huge difference in your life and allow you to let go of your anxiety. Breathing deeply and reciting a mantra is a good way to start, and don’t worry about making your mind completely blank. It doesn’t have to be, you can take it slow and simply use this time to find peace. To inhale and then let go of negativity with each exhale until there’s none of it left, until you can look at the problem rationally and realize that you can solve it.

Loving yourself

All your quirks, all your strange, different thoughts and characteristics, all of you. Your mind, body, and soul, your experiences, and all the good things in your life. Loving yourself will bring you confidence, and a confident person is a fearless person, it’s someone who won’t be put down by others, who won’t let things stand in their way. Know your own worth.

Something to inspire you

In Japan, there is a very long history of tattoos. First celebrated then reviled, there came a point in historyy during the Second World War where the Japanese Emperor banned them altogether, and citizens weren’t allowed to get their body inked. Not only did this fail to stop them, but it actually made the act of getting tattooed a symbol of pride among certain classes. In fact, since they couldn’t ban foreigners from getting their own markings, sailors who came would get their skin inked and travel back abroad to show it off. The style became internationally famous, and is now one of the most respected ones even today.
In Australia particularly, getting custom Japanese tattoos in Sydney is still a matter of pride. From cherry blossoms that signify feminine beauty, to dragons that show courage, strength, wisdom, and signify someone who wishes to be a force of good. The point here is this: nothing and no one can stop you from doing what you want unless you allow them. 

No one gets to define you, and choosing a symbol of your own strength can be a powerful motivator. Whether you get a stencil solution tattoo, put up a motivational poster on your bedroom wall, or simply have a mantra that you repeat when you’re troubled, it works.

Embracing your uniqueness
Your experiences, your interests, and your tastes are what separates you from the rest, and the way to fit in isn’t to change these things about yourself. It’s to embrace them and rock your own way of dressing, talking, and ultimately, living.

Physical exercise
Fear impacts us in a very negative way, and it’s not just because it makes us anxious. Our physical health can suffer deeply, and one of the best ways to counteract the effects of fear and to, indeed, find a new source of strength, is physical exercise. Being stronger, faster, most nimble, and full of energy will make us feel better in our own skin, so why not start practicing yoga, or going to the gym, or practicing a sport that you’ve always wanted to try?

Let fear pass through you and then wither away. Once it’s gone, the true you remain – unafraid,happy, and beautiful.

Sophia Smith is beauty and style blogger, an eco-lifestyle lover and a food enthusiast. She is very passionate about natural skincare, minimalist wardrobe, yoga and mindful living. Sophia writes mostly about lifestyle-related topics in her articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: Eco Warrior Princess, Viva Glam Magazine, Just Haves, How to Simplify and Carousel.
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