How to avoid a car accident

No one wants to be involved in a car accident. Driving can be dangerous, and the thought of being in an accident can be scary. You might need to go to the hospital, get a new car and consult with a car accident lawyer. Plus, you’ll be feeling shaken and anxious about getting back on the road.

Avoiding a car accident means follow good driving practices and hoping that fellow drivers are doing the same. Whilst sometimes accidents simply can’t be avoided, there are certain good practices you can follow to try to prevent an accident from occurring. So, what are they?

Stay off your phone

In our modern age, it can be difficult to stay off our phones while driving. We might use our phone for directions, or need to speak to someone on the way. However, it’s important to remember that it’s against the law to speak on a hand-held phone, and research shows that using hands-free can be equally as distracting. Checking messages and social media is also dangerous and can easily cause an accident. All it takes is losing your focus for few seconds. So, keep your phone somewhere you’re not tempted to check it, like your bag or the glove compartment. It’s not worth the risk.

Check your brakes

Car accidents are often caused by faulty brakes. Unresponsive breaks can easily lead to accidents because they will not react as quickly as you to a hazard or obstacle. So, make sure you check your brakes regularly. This means looking out for unusual sounds, pulling or vibrations when you apply the brakes. Any unexpected behavior from your brakes should immediately raise concerns, and you should take your vehicle to a mechanic.

Follow the signs

If you’re a regular driver, you’ll know how many road signs there are. Some drivers find this overwhelming, and most probably won’t be able to tell you what they all mean. But, to avoid an accident, it’s important to understand the meaning of road signs and the appropriate action. How can you avoid an accident if you don’t know that a road is icy, or that there’s a hazard ahead? So, make sure you regularly brush up on your signs, and get people to test you, if necessary. You will feel like a more confident driver who is prepared for any obstacle.

Don’t drink and drive

Unfortunately, whilst it’s against the law to drink and drive, many drivers consume alcohol before getting behind the wheel. Some people think they have a higher tolerance, and it won’t affect them. However, this isn’t the case. Alcohol slows our responses and we take longer to react – even if we don’t feel particularly drunk. So, if you’re going to a party or event where you want to drink, don’t take the risk. Get a cab, take public transport or have a designated driver who doesn’t drink that evening. You will be making the roads much safer.

 

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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6 Surefire Ways to Feel More Confident and Classy

As a super busy working mom you barely have time to brush your hair, let alone pick out a chic outfit with perfect accessories to match. You long for the day when you wake up and feel completely put together from head to toe. Finding a balance between work, being an excellent mom and thinking about your style is a tough one. If you’re struggling more than ever to feel confident and classy, here are some ideas to help you get back on track.

 

    1. Accessorize Amazingly

One of the first ways to boost your confidence when getting ready for work in the morning is to choose your accessories wisely. Even if your outfit is a hot mess you can still manage to look super chic with silhouette glasses, oversized handbags and cute hats. Invest in a few staple accessories that you love and you will find it so easy to pull together a chic, smart and classy look.

 

  1. Discover a Savvy Skincare Routine

When there isn’t time to put makeup on every morning you need to make sure your skincare regimen is on point. Smooth out your skin by exfoliating twice a week and use a moisturiser with no oil so that your pores don’t become clogged throughout the day.

 

  1. Smarten Up Your Smile

Even though some days you really don’t feel like smiling, it can really go a long way. If you’re self conscious about your smile then consider teeth whitening or special toothpaste to brighten up your grin!

 

  1. Get Body Confident

Eating healthily and exercising often falls onto the back burner in your mind as you have a business to run and a family to support. The truth is, you won’t be running at maximum capacity if you don’t take care of yourself first. Your energy levels will be hugely affected if you don’t eat a balanced diet and move your body regularly. As soon as you implement these changes you will feel super confident in your own skin.

 

  1. Shake Up Your Style

Why not take this opportunity to make a change to your current style? Wear something you might never have considered before and see if it gives you confidence. You never know, you might find a super simple and chic way of dressing that makes you feel like the self assured and classy lady you are.

 

  1. Flaunt Your Figure

You never thought you could love your body again after having children, but you should always flaunt what you’ve got. Whether you’ve got amazing legs or the best waist, you need to buy clothes that make you feel absolutely unstoppable.

 

Moms that have to work don’t always have time to pull together a cute outfit and contour their skin perfectly. With these quick and simple ideas you will be able to feel classy and confident in no time. Even if you can’t prioritize all of these things right now, you will soon be able to find a healthy balance of everything that matters to you.

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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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Bored as a Stay-At-Home Mom? 5 Activities to Up the Energy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Staying at home with the kids, it might feel like your day replays again and again with many of the same events. There’s cleaning the dishes, mopping up the floor after the little one pees on it, and getting through the tantrums. Then you go to bed knowing it’ll all happen again tomorrow. If you’re bored of the same thing every day, try these five activities to stop the monotony.

Fitness

Be creative about how you fit exercise into your day without ignoring the kids. For example, if your children love the park, why not run around it a few times while they’re playing on the swings?

Or, if there’s a basketball court nearby, head to it for a friendly family game. See who can sink the most baskets within a certain time or who can dribble the ball the longest without losing control of it.

The amount of running you do around the court might surprise you! And getting exercise regularly feels great.

Try a New Destination

If you’re always going to the library for books with the kiddos, why not show them a new place to learn? They might love seeing a new environment as much as you do.

Simply being in a new place can break up the boredom and you’re bound to create new memories together too. As a break from the library, take fun PennyDell Puzzles with you on a picnic with the kids and pack coloring books for them.

Say No to the Laundry

Those piles of clothes won’t end. From the muddy socks to the juice stains on their shirts, children are messy. It’s a natural part of growing up so it’s hard to be made at them for it.

But constantly washing, drying, and folding laundry gets boring, so why not take a day-or-two break from it. If you can’t spare two days as there are not enough clean clothes, then stagger the laundry day, doing it every other day rather than a load daily.

Get Social

You’re allowed to have some alone time – In fact, personal time without the youngsters can help you avoid burnout.

If you feel like some adult conversation would be fun, then join a monthly book club. Or, maybe you’ll meet with friends for dinner and a movie. Merely getting out of the house can be a great way to stave off boredom and be mentally stimulating.

About Boredom at Home

It’s common to feel like it’s selfish to say you’re bored as a stay-at-home mom. But the chances are good that you’re not the only mother feeling this way. It doesn’t mean you love your kids any less than anyone else to say that your day is monotonous and that you’d like some fulfillment in it.

You’re allowed to complain, and now you have five solutions to make your day more exciting. Try one or try all of them. While you were bored in the past, now you’re not, and the kids will have a more content mom at the end of the day. It’s a win-win for everyone!

 

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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Budgeting for a baby

Expecting a baby is a beautiful and exciting time. However, it can also be very expensive. It is never too early to start thinking about saving and creating a budget. There may be benefits available to you as a new mom, such as tax exemption. Additionally, if you have a child with an illness or disability, you may also be entitled to Social Security Income. If you haven’t been claiming for it, then you might be able to claim for SSI backpay.

 

Work out how much money you will have 

Knowing precisely what money you have coming in will allow you to make clear plans. You may want to use a budget planner to help you.

Next, you will need to work out how much essentials are going to cost; nappies, formula, food, bills, etc.

Especially if this is your first child, it is good to get to grips with what everything should cost.

 

Cut back

Once you have made a budget, you might decide that you need to cut back on certain things. Asses your outgoings and make adjustments; consider how much is essential and what are luxuries.

It is essential to keep doing things for yourself, and you shouldn’t stop everything that you enjoy. Make allowances for luxury and stick to them. For example, perhaps you spend a lot of money on clothes. Fashion might be a passion of yours, and new clothes make you feel good. If you can, you should still spend money on clothes, but decide how much money you don’t mind spending on it each month and stick to it.

A great way to cut back is to think about small purchases. Small purchases add up to a large amount. For example, let’s say you buy a coffee every day. The average price of a coffee is $2.70, so if you bought one every day for a year it would cost $985.50, which could go a long way towards house renovations or a vacation. Instead, allow yourself a store-bought coffee once a week.  Use this cash finder to work out how much you spend on small items.

 

Deal with debts

If you have any debts, its best not to let them build up. The sooner you deal with them, the more you will save.

 

Save

Open a savings account and start putting money aside. That way, you have a pot of money if you need it. Make it hard to spend your money by having no card attached to it.

You may need some money put aside for when you are off work on maternity leave.

 

Conclusion

Whatever your financial position, try and think ahead and make some preparations before having a baby. Or, if you already have a baby, then it is never too late to start being more mindful.

New moms often end up with lots of the same thing. If people want to buy you something, then be clear about what you need. It could save you a lot of money!

Getting into good financial habits will allow you to save and spend it on what matters.

 

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 traveling with a baby on an airplane

There are lots of things which may have once been easy to you but now feel daunting with a new baby. Especially if you have had complications during your birth or are searching for a birth injury diagnosis. Everything can feel very overwhelming. You may have family far away and need to make the trip to see them despite feeling anxious about it. Whatever your situation, here are our top tips for traveling on an airplane with a baby.

Direct flight or a long break

If possible, try and book a direct lift. Take-off and landing are typically what puts pressure on the ears of your baby and may cause them to cry.

If you have to book a connecting flight, then try and leave a good amount of time between the flight, two hours or more will allow you to stay calm, take your time and change your baby.

Gate check extra gear

At no extra charge, you can usually check in things like pushchairs and car seats. At your airline’s gate, speak to staff, and they should be able to take these things off you before you get on the plane. This will also allow you to have everything you need right up until you get on the plane.

You may be able to pick it up from the airline gate when you get off the plane, or you may have to pick it up from the baggage claim. Ask the staff what their procedure is.

Pre-board

When you travel with a baby, you can board before anyone else. You may consider avoiding this to spend less time on the plane. However, getting settled before crowds of people board can make a big difference. Anything to reduce stress to you and your baby is a good thing.

Buy a seat for your child

Although children under the age of two can usually fly free, you may want to consider buying them a seat. This will give you space to spread out. It may also be safer for your child to have their own seat.

Bring plenty of supplies

Bring plenty of diapers, formula, bottles, food, any medicines you need, and some spare clothes. Baby formula or breast milk is exempt from liquid limitations when flying. Often when flying, things can go wrong. Delays and cancellations happen all the time, and you don’t want to be stuck without something you need. The last thing you want is a hungry or frustrated baby.

Protect your baby’s ears

A pacifier or for toddlers chewing on a cracker can help to protect the ears. Speak to your pediatrician who might prescribe your ear drops or suggests earplugs.

Prepare distractions

You may have to spend your entire flight keeping your baby happy. Bring some toys or something to keep them distracted.

Stay calm!

The most important thing is to stay calm. You might do everything you can, and your baby might still end up screaming. And that’s ok, it happens. Soon enough, you will land, and you will get to see family or explore a new place.

 

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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