Take Some Much Needed Time For Yourself

Moms are busy. Our daily responsibilities are many, from getting the kids up in the mornings and ready for school, extracurricular activities, homework, cooking, and chauffeur; a mom’s job is never done. During the holidays, this stress is compounded even more by baking cookies with the kids, shopping for presents, decorating the inside and outside of the house and hosting gatherings at home. It is a joyous time of year, but that joy comes with a lot of stress. Many moms are also caring for elderly parents or in-laws. They have a lot of people in their lives that depend on them.

It is important that moms take time out to care for themselves and get that much-needed rest and relaxation. One way to do this, without leaving the house, is to get a great chair. A chair that you could take some time in every day to sit and relax. The chair should serve multiple purposes. If you have a chair that can recline and you could put your feet up, this is a good start. Some chairs can even lay flat for a really relaxing sleep. Many chairs are available and it can be hard to figure out which one is best to purchase.

A good chair is an investment, and should be nice looking, but also practical. It can be a secret weapon in your house, even a few minutes of sitting in the chair can help you feel refreshed in a short time. For those who may have some trouble sleeping, it is a great place to take a nap. Get the right chair the first time, one that has multiple positions with heat and one that lifts. This is a chair that can be in your home and you can use for many years to come. Discover more at www.perfectsleepchair.com. This chair is one that I found that has everything anyone could want. It has very good reviews and it is made in the United States, which is something that we can appreciate.

Taking time out for yourself can be hard, but it is necessary. You have to make sure you are okay so you have enough to give to everyone else in your life. You have to juggle responsibilities and balance priorities. A quality recliner is an easy way to ensure that you are comfortable at the end of a long day. You want to make sure that the chair you buy is sturdy and durable. I love recliners that can easily be wiped down and do not require a lot of extra care. Also, a recliner that can be enjoyed not just by me, but other people in the household.

For moms like us who are self-employed and homeschooling, we really deserve a break sometimes. With all the running, it can be difficult to take the time we need. Moms can benefit from taking some time to relax. Your kids will appreciate it because you will be calmer and more pleasant.

I love the idea of sitting down with a good book and just unwinding. In today’s times, we have to keep in mind that everything we consume, not just food, but everything we “take in,” whether its music, knowledge or conversation, should be something that is of some benefit. Taking time for yourself as a mom is “filling your cup” and you can give much more when your cup is full. So set some time apart for yourself. It is important. One thing I like to do is wake up early before anyone else in the house is awake. This helps me to have some time to plan the rest of my day in the soft silence of the morning. My thoughts flow freely, uninterrupted by the rest of the day that is to come. Taking some time in the afternoon to recharge, helps me to get through the rest of the day.

For all the real moms out there who need a break, maybe a new chair could be a gift to yourself or a loved one for the holidays. C’mon moms, you deserve it!

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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Laser Focussed – A Guide to Laser Cut Fashion

 

The runway was ready for the new shoot and display. Soon the room would be packed with designers, photographers, press and of course – models, all highlighting the newest trends and looks for the current season in fashion at Melbourne Fashion Week.

There were jungle prints and jackets with clean, sleek lines. Yet, the fine cut scrutiny was not upon the models, but the designers themselves.

To catch a trend before your rival, you really have to be laser focussed. It really is a jungle out there.’

Do you ever think about the process that goes into making the clothes that you wear on your back each day? If we do, the general image would be of a sewing machine, am I right?

I know the picture – my own grandmother is a seamstress/machinist by trade. I can easily picture her sewing room with the said machine on the table and hundreds of fabrics, not to mention the thought of millions of pins on the floor – therefore we learned to tread carefully!

However, there are of course many other ways to make the most desired fashions. Quality laser cutting in Melbourne is one of the many ways to do this.

Laser Cutting:

The use of lasers in fashion can often help bring forth a clear and clean line along the garment. This can be in order to get the perfect cut. It can also help to create a tailored fit for the wearer.

This can also be an innovative technique and, when you’re in the competitive world of fashion and couture, a unique and edgy design could be the difference between you being on trend or being behind the season.

According to the blog post: Laser Cut Fashion – Vision through Versatility, “This method was once reserved for the high-class haute couture of the fashion elite…Today any stylish boutique is likely to have a cornucopia of laser cut fashion options…”

Engraving and Fine Point Details:

It is also possible to use the process for engraving and fine cut art. Lasers were used industrially and practically on a number of materials including wood, metal, plastics and eventually, fabrics.

Often when it comes to intricate artwork in fabrics, this usually references embroidery.

For those readers who are not familiar with it, embroidery is traditionally done through cloth with threads.

However, using lasers and other materials, such as diamantes, fine details can be applied to cloth and other fabrics.

Application to a variety of fabrics:

The benefit of the laser in fashion is that it isn’t restricted to hardwearing materials such as cloth. Its use in textiles can be quite various.

A laser system can be used to cut a variety of fibres, both natural and synthetic. While they have the ability with natural fibres, according to Trotec Laser, “Synthetic fabrics usually respond well to laser processing.”   

Accuracy and Ease:

As my intro suggests, many of us may think of the sewing machine and threads when thinking of the process of creating an article of clothing.

However, by using a laser machine, the accuracy of the laser allows hardly any part of the garment to be touched, which eliminates the potential of warping brought on by movement, which is possible when done by hand.

According to Epilog Laser “The laser attaches to your computer just like a printer.” Depending on the machine, all you have to do is select the correct software and it will do the rest.

Conclusion:

Now, whether you’re into haute couture or you just like a well-tailored jacket and jeans, there is my guide to how laser cutting can create a designer look.

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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5 Ideas For Spending More Time With Your Family

 

As a working mom, you know that it can be difficult to spend good, quality time with your family. You may feel guilty about working late or leaving the house early, and if you work from home you might feel bad when you have to tell the kids to quieten down and let you work, especially if they are craving your attention. With everyone so busy and careers so hectic, there will be times that this happens, and feeling guilty will only make you feel worse; it won’t solve anything.

What will help the situation is if you can spend more time with your family throughout the week. Even when you’re working, if you can allocate specific times for work and other times for family, and ensure that the two don’t mix, you can settle back into a good work-life balance, and everyone in the household will be much happier.

Here are some ideas for spending more time with your family so that you won’t be tempted to check your work emails, or sneak in some extra meetings when you’re not supposed to.

Arrange A Family Night

By setting aside one specific night each week as your family night, you will be able to always have at least this time with your family, even if you are super busy for the rest of the week. Which day you choose is down you, and will depend on the different after-school clubs, sports, and other activities that your family takes part in, as well as when they might go out with their friends as they get older.

There are numerous things you can do on family night to make it special, whether you stay in the house or go out somewhere else.

You could:

  • Watch a movie together, complete with snacks and popcorn. Snuggle up on the sofa under blankets and drink hot chocolate in the winter and homemade lemonade (that you made together) in the summer.
  • Go out to dinner somewhere new each week, trying different cuisines and exploring new places.
  • Have a game night – play in teams if the kids are too young to play individually
  • Make crafts. This is the night where you can let your imagination go wild and make a mess as you create some fantastic paintings, models, and other craft ideas.

Book A Family Vacation

Being able to book a family vacation every year is hugely important. This is time you can really, truly spend together without any distractions. An emergency won’t come up at work that you suddenly need to deal with (and if it does, it will be someone else’s problem when you’re not at home), you won’t be distracted by the household chores that still need to be done, and everyone will be a lot more relaxed than usual as the vacation works to de-stress them and make them calmer.

You don’t have to spend a huge amount of money on this vacation, and if you do need to borrow, you can always check Bonsai Finance for the best deals on credit cards and loans. The important thing is spending time together somewhere different than home.

What you want from a family vacation is to take home some wonderful memories for both you and your partner and children. You can go camping, take a cruise, head to a park like Disneyland, or stay on the beach for two weeks. Do what will work for your family, and make sure that everyone will enjoy their time away.

Exercise Together

Exercising regularly is massively important if you want to be as fit and healthy as possible. It’s important for you, but it’s also important for the rest of your family too; everyone should exercise when they can (or, even better, make room for exercise in their schedule).

Since this is something you should be doing anyway, why not make exercising a family thing? You don’t have to join an exercise class to get fit and healthy; just going outside and running around playing games can be perfectly adequate. This way, you (and the rest of your family) are getting the right amount of exercise you need, and you’re also having fun together. It won’t feel like exercise, but it will be doing you a lot of good.

Read Together

Spending quality time as a family doesn’t have to be loud and energetic. Reading is a wonderful pastime that has been shown to increase the reader’s memory and cognitive ability. So it’s great to show your children how important reading is to their lives. If you sit and quietly read a book, they will want to follow suit.

Alternatively, you can read one book together. This is great for bedtime when you can carve out an extra 10 to 15 minutes together, one on one. This is a special time and will help your child fall asleep more easily. Reading a bedtime story can be done both ways; you read to them and they read to you. Take it in turns.

Make Dinner

Dinner is another task that needs to be done each day, unless you are going out to eat. Since this is the case, it makes sense that your children get involved. This is the perfect opportunity for you to talk to them about their day, and to teach them some skills in the kitchen. Plus, even a fussy eater is more inclined to eat something if they’ve helped to create it themselves. Eating all together at the table at least a few times a week is also a great way to spend more time with your family. You will find out a lot more about them this way, and it’s a memorable experience for the whole family.

If you’re not what you might call a confident chef, don’t worry; you and your children can take a class to teach you the basic skills in the kitchen, and as a bonus, you get to spend even more time together.

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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Here’s How Busy Parents Can Still Help Kids with Homework

Our kids experience so much stress with school these days, mostly because of the number of work that needs to be done in just a few hours. For instance, students in Indian international schools in Singapore like the Global Indian International School are required to take a secondary education certification exam which will help them get accepted to any university around the world.

If that sounds like a doozy, just imagine doing it. The pressure of passing the exams on top of being able to make the project deadlines is not exactly ideal.

As much as you want to help them, you are also busy with your own work. By the time you get home, they would be too tired to get their schoolwork checked, and you would be exhausted to look at it. The good news is, there are ways to manage the demands of your work as well as help your kids with theirs.

Find a tutor

One of the first things you can do is find a tutor for your kids who can help them during the weekdays. Make sure this tutor constantly updates you with their performance, immediately alerting you when there are problem areas that need your attention.

Check their homework during dinner

Yes, some of us have rules for bringing work on the dining table. But if you want to be on top of their schoolwork, you will have to make certain exceptions. In this instance, you might consider checking their work while you are having your dinner. In this way, you are still able to help them personally.

Schedule weekend studying

This might be met with whining and groaning, it is the weekend anyways. But explain to them how important it is that you know how they are progressing in school. And since you are not completely available during the weekdays, you can help them study in advance during the weekend. Keep it to a maximum of two hours though, they still have to make the best out of their weekend break.

Prepare everything the night before

It is important to emphasize that for this work, both parents must help each other prepare school lunches, clothes, and everything else together. One of you can go out and buy the groceries while the other one cooks them. You can also both talk about which kid to focus on the morning so that no one is frazzled the next day.

Create a family calendar

So that you know if there are exams coming up, you can create a family calendar where your kids can put their exam and project dates there. Tell them to mark which work needs to be prioritised so that you can advise them while they are doing it. This family calendar can also be used for scheduling bills, events, and other important affairs.

This going to take some getting used to. But if you include this into your daily routine, checking up on their homework plus preparing reports for yours is not going to be too much of a problem. �

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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Looking for a Condo in Thailand? Go to Hua Hin

Thailand is known for lovely beaches and amazing food. You can find everything amazing in Thailand in in one spot: Hua Hin.

If you’re looking for a place to get away in Thailand, look no more. Hua Hin will leave you stunned with its beautiful blue water and delectable food. It’s no wonder people want to purchase property here, and the beach house you’ve always dreamed of could finally be yours in this paradise town.

Why Hua Hin?

Hua Hin attracts tourists but also folks who want to settle down. It’s a nice place for family life, having a second home, or retirement.

Hua Hin offers condominiums with modern amenities for many budgets. Whether it’s a family getaway or a friend escape, it’s one of the most striking places on the planet to purchase property. You won’t be able to resist the magnificent sunrise and sunsets. They’ll simply take your breath away.

There’s really nowhere else like this for the affordability. You’ll have to rent a condo here and experience it yourself to agree.

Where is Hua Hin?

Hua Hin is just about two hours away from Bangkok, and its known for its calm atmosphere away from the city hustle. Because of its mostly quiet reputation, families and expats head there for weekend getaways. Many end up living there because of its proximity to both Bangkok and the amazing blue beach waters.

In this town, you’ll get the full “Thai” experience, meaning the beaches, hospitality, food and fun. Because many of the locals are Thai, you’ll be immersed in the culture, language, and lifestyle.

What Are Some of the Modern Amenities in Hua Hin?  

Depending on the condo you choose, some of the modern amenities are:

  • WiFi
  • Beach-front balconies
  • Air conditioning
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Modern kitchen
  • Fully furnished

You can rent condos for a certain amount of time in Hua Hin, or purchase property. Either way, you’ll find something for every budget in this city.

Things to Do in Hua Hin

People in Hua Hin often enjoy:

  • Visiting the Tamarind Market
  • Going to the beach
  • Kite surfing
  • Golfing
  • Visiting various nearby monasteries
  • Dining at various (amazing) restaurants
  • Visiting museums

If this is your first time in Thailand, know that the locals are nice to foreigners and although they keep to themselves, they’re happy to help you settle and find things to do.

What Is the Weather Like in Hua Hin?

The weather is a bit drier than in other parts of Thailand. This is great especially during the monsoon season, as the season tends to bring rain and humidity all around. Because of this drier climate, tourists and locals can enjoy the outdoors more. Less humidity and precipitation equal more outdoor activities.

What Nationalities are Represented in Hua Hin?

In Hua Hin, you’ll find people from North America, Europe, and Australia among other nationalities. Because the Thai Baht is less expensive than the exchange of the coin from the places above, people from around the world have chosen Thailand as their home away from home.

Why Do Expats Purchase Property in Hua Hin?

Precisely because of all the reasons mentioned above. The story goes something like this:

  1. They visited for a couple of days, or maybe they were here for work and wanted to stay longer.
  2. Then they tasted the food, which they couldn’t get enough of.
  3. At the same time, they realized their dollar went way farther in Hua Hin than at home.
  4. All while appreciating the locals, who are kind and helpful.
  5. All leading to their decision to buy property and live here.

The combination of these factors continues to make Hua Hin an ideal destination for expats looking for a little bit of heaven on Earth.

See Hua Hin For Yourself

So, go ahead. Give yourself a gift. Thailand is amazing and inexpensive. Rent a condo in and experience the thriving mix of local hospitality and tourism.

Just be aware: You may want to stay there for longer than you planned. It’s that good.

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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