Pet Canvas Portrait

Are you a fur family? We are. We currently have 3 animals sharing our space! I’ve always wanted to do a fun pet canvas portrait for them. We have Zena, a female cat about 11 years old. Then Ginger, a female dog who just turned 8! And the newest addition is Rajah, a female kitten about 6 months old. Having a kitten after so long is quite the adventure.

So about that pet canvas portrait.  I finally placed an order for one featuring Spice. Our beautiful, chatty cat that passed away in May. Spice looked like she was part of the Russian Blue family. She loved to talk to us and demanded that we pet her all the time. She enjoyed having company come over so she could get more attention. All of our friends knew Spice and enjoyed engaging in conversation with her.

Spice was adopted a little over 11 years from the Peggy  Adams Animal Rescue League.  I adopted my first kitty there 30 years ago. Pixel was 17 when she passed. She gave us Cali, a female calico. They both had long lives and were enjoyed by all 5 children over the years. My daughter Savannah only remembers Pixel and Cali by pictures as she was only 4 years old when the passed away.

I just placed my pet canvas portrait order! It was super easy to do.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Eco Friendly Gift Ideas for Christmas

 

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Make this Christmas green and ethical by choosing gifts that align with your values and modern expectations. The days of unconscious gift buying could be coming to an end as more people see the benefits and necessities of supporting green supply chains and living a more ethical lifestyle. If you are stuck for green gifts to give this Christmas, read on for some starter ideas. 

Glass Kitchen Set 

Zero waste is a big deal these days as more household attempt to enter the circular economy; the trouble is that changing your lifestyle wholesale can be difficult and unrealistic. However, with the right mindset, you can slowly change the products and homeware you tend to use. 

The perfect gift for a friend, couple, or family member, is a glass kitchen set that is stylish, practical, and completely refillable. How would you like to eliminate the plastic you use for your washing-up liquid and laundry detergent? Glass refillable kitchen sets are the best solution. 

Organic Towel Set 

Sticking with the ideas of practicality and eco-awareness, an organic towel set is an excellent choice for a family member, a friend, or a couple in your life. Towels tend to cut corners in the supply chain and use toxic chemicals in the dye and production methods. So, organic is better. 

Organic towels are made from 100% organic and fairtrade cotton, so you can use your loved ones can use the towels with confidence, knowing that they have come from a sustainable source. The towel fabric is also kind to sensitive skin because it doesn’t use any chemicals. 

Dark Chocolates

Dark chocolate is more sustainable than milk chocolate because it doesn’t contain animal products and therefore doesn’t support a carbon-heavy industry. Not only that, dark chocolates are cruelty-free and vegan. Dark chocolate can be used for easy reindeer chow this winter. 

Fairtrade chocolates ensure that cocoa farmers and growers receive a fair price for their products and support suitable working conditions. Direct trade is even better; with direct trade, the chocolate sellers buy the raw materials directly from the farmers, growers, and workers.  

Eco Clothing 

Clothing always makes an excellent gift for friends and family members; people are always thrilled to receive a Christmas sweater, some hip t-shirts, or a pair of warm winter socks; the trouble is that clothing is one of the most polluting and harmful industries on the planet. 

That doesn’t mean you can’t buy great clothing for your friends and family; it simply means you need to pay more attention to the materials used and the supply chains. A quick internet search online should give you plenty of ethical clothing brands to choose from, such as Patagonia. 

Eco Subscription 

Subscription services have become the norm in recent years, with everything from cars to television can be available on subscription. Subscriptions also make an excellent gift for Christmas; why not buy a loved one a subscription to a service, some monthly food, or support an animal with a wildlife subscription? These make excellent ethical gifts for Christmas.   

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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The Cornerstones Of Good Education

No matter whether you are a parent or a teacher, or involved in the education of children in some other way, it’s important to know what actually constitutes good education and how you can make sure that a child is getting it as best as they can. As it happens, there are a few elements in particular that you will want to look out for so that you can be sure the child is going to be receiving a good education. Let’s look at some of these cornerstones right now by way of example.

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The Basics

First of all, the child needs to learn the basics, and these should always underpin everything else that they might need to learn. This might include things like numeracy and literacy, as well as the basic sciences. As long as these are in place, it’s going to be a good basis on which the rest of the education can be formed, so that’s a really good approach to take in general. The quality of the teaching here will likewise be really important, and it’s vital that it is going to be taken seriously.

Field Trips

There should also be plenty of opportunity for field trips and other kinds of excursions, because these are a way of taking education out into the real world and seeing how it fits with that world. These trips don’t have to be all the time, but the occasional one is really going to help solidify and complete someone’s education. With the right school residential trips in place, a child is going to have a much better education on the whole, that’s for sure.

Creativity

There will also ideally be some kind of creative element to their education, some place where they are given a chance to flex their creativity and make something new. This can of course be done in a lot of ways, but the important thing is that you are going to encourage the child to use their creativity and learn to make things. That helps improve their ability to think originally and clearly, and it’s something that you will definitely want to think about if you are keen on trying to improve their education more generally.

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Personal Touch

Finally, there is much to be said for offering a personal touch to a child’s education, making it so that they specifically are able to learn as well as possible. That can include incorporating a style of learning that they seem specifically to understand and get on well with, or it could be as simple as trying to encourage them in a personal way. However you do it, it’s all about helping them make the most of their education, which is always something that you can do if you are involved in it.

Those are just some of the things that you will always find in a good education, and which are therefore well worth looking into if you are trying to help someone learn more effectively.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Tips for keeping your home cool in the hot weather

 

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When the sun’s out and your home starts to get hot, this can get unpleasant. Not only does relaxing in your home become stressful but so does sleeping – there is nothing worse than trying to get to sleep when your home is boiling. Luckily there are a few different things you can do to make your home a little bit cooler. 

From using air conditioning – which is most effective but can get expensive – to keeping your blinds drawn, keeping your doors shut and using a fan, there are many ways to keep your home cool in the hot weather. Below we look into more detail on our solutions for you to try. 

Air conditioning 

To start with, the best solution is to use an air conditioning unit. They work very efficiently, will cool your home down quickly and most can be put on a timer, meaning they aren’t running all night. Depending on the shops nearby, or if you prefer to order online, there are many types you can buy to match a whole range of budgets. In most cases, they can be delivered in a day or two of being ordered, helping you cool down your flat quickly. 

Keep your blinds drawn 

A trap a lot of people fall into when it’s really hot is opening their windows and keeping their blinds or curtains up. On a really hot day, this can actually do the opposite and make your home hotter. The reason is, on a sunny day, the temperature outside will be hotter than your temperature inside. By opening up the windows you will be letting all that warm air into your home. You want to draw your blinds as this will stop the run from shining in, heating up the inside of your place as well. Being too hot can be bad for your mental health, and keeping your blinds drawn will hopefully reduce the stress that too much heat can cause. 

Keeping your door shut

Another tip that we would recommend is to keep your doors shut. Keeping your doors shut reduces the hot airflow which is heating up your home. When it’s hot, the airflow is hot so the more you can reduce the hot air from flowing the more comfortable you will feel. If you are cooking, close the kitchen door especially as the heat from the oven can really heat up your place. What some people like to do is fill up a champagne bucket and place it in front of a fan or behind. The fan then drags in the coldness of the bucket blowing it in your direction. When it’s really hot, any bit of cold air can help. 

Hopefully, the above three tips help you keep your home cool in the hot weather. Which of the above tips did you find most useful? Are there any tips that you would like to add? Is there anything you would like to share that will benefit our readers? Let us know in the comment box below.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Essential Items for When you Have a New Baby

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Congratulations – you have a new family member, but this one has a few unique requirements. Make sure your new baby is comfortable and happy in their new home with the items on the list below. This list is not exhaustive, but it does include the items that new parents tend to buy. 

Baby Sling 

A baby sling is a baby carrier made from cotton or hemp; it goes over the shoulder and wraps around the torso; the baby can be placed in the front of the carrier, allowing you to walk and work while your baby sits close to your chest. This is both comfortable for carrying your baby and practical, allowing you to get on with your life tasks without abandoning your little one. 

Baby slings are super practical, and you need a few of them in your life when you have a small child, but they are also excellent for traveling. Whether you are taking a trip to the local shops or traveling further in a field with your partner, a baby sling is an indispensable item. Why not take some awesome pictures of you and your child in exotic locations for them to look back on? 

Mini Crib 

If you are bringing a baby home, you need somewhere for them to sleep; in most homes, this is a crib or a mini crib, depending on how much space you have. The size of the crib is dependent on the space you have in your home; of course, a larger crib gives your child more space, but a mini crib is just as effective for comfort and wellbeing. The crib needs to be installed quite early. 

Before bringing your baby home, you want to make sure the room is set up and comfortable so that you don’t have any stress or extra work to keep you occupied. Mini cribs can be very effective for babies between the ages of zero and two; they give your baby plenty of space and comfort in the bed but reduce the amount of room space needed, so you have more options.   

Baby Monitor 

One essential item that you simply can’t do without when you have a new baby in your life is a baby monitor. These devices are excellent for monitoring your baby in the other rooms and alerting you to any problems with their sleeping patterns. Baby monitors are available in a number of forms; some of them are basic devices, while others have all the bells and whistles. 

It’s better to invest in a smart baby monitor when you are bringing a new baby home for the first time. Smart baby monitors might cost s little more, but you will get a quality device for a few years, and you can then sell it secondhand if it’s still in reasonable condition. The great thing about smart baby monitors is all of the extra features they have, such as lights and sounds.  

Storage Box 

Chances are you have bought a million things for your baby arriving home, toys, games, and devices. Where are all of these things going to live when not in use? And when your baby gets a little older, there’s a strong chance the home will become untidy and cluttered on a regular basis. The best way to handle this situation is with storage boxes that double as furniture. 

Storage boxes can be seats and stools, as well as storage facilities. These storage boxes can be purchased online or bought secondhand, but however you acquire them, make sure you have plenty of space to spend quality time with your new child. Child-parent bonding is one of the most important features of early life, and you can make the process enjoyable with space.  

Glider chair 

If you want to have some fun with your new baby, invest in a glider seat. For some reason, small children love to jump up and down like a flea, and a glider seat is the best way to accommodate them. Place your child in the glider seat and watch them burn their energy with a massive smile.

Final Thoughts 

When you have a new baby in your life, there is no end of essential items to buy for them; that said, some items are more essential than others. Let’s face it, a crib is an essential item so that your baby can sleep comfortably and grow, but a baby monitor is also an essential item to keep them safe while you are in the other room. Make a list of essential items and keep it short. 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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