What To Do On A Weekend In London

When you’re thinking of visiting Europe, you’ll find that there are some locations that you just have to make time for. Like London. And while you may not want to spend an entire week there, you could certainly enjoy a great weekend. Here’s what you had to do while you’re there.

Visit The Attractions

To start with, you’re going to want to make sure that you get to see some of the sights. From Big Ben to Buckingham Palace, there are so many notable sights in London, that’s it’s nice to be able to see as many as you can while you’re there.

Go Shopping

Of course, whenever you’re in London, you are then going to want to make sure that you can hit the shops too. The British capital is known for its shopping, and you’ve certainly got a lot to choose from here. Oxford Street with its copious amounts of stores, Selfridges with its many floors, and even Westfields, the largest mall of them all!

See A Show

And finally, you’re definitely going to want to make sure that you see a show. When it comes to visiting London, there’s always a lot that you can do. But one of the main attractions for a lot of people is the excitement of a West End show. So, make sure this is on your agenda. The only issue is, what should you see? Take a look at the infographic below to decide.

 

 


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4 Changes You Can Expect After Having A Baby

It’s no surprise to say that having a baby changes your life in a profound set of ways. It is one of the biggest changes that can possibly occur, in fact, and you will almost certainly find it challenging to try and accept much of it at first. Something that can help with that is to be absolutely clear on what you can actually expect to change after your have a baby. That is something that you can never know about in full until you experience it yourself, but if you want to get ready for your postnatal life, you will need to think about this to some degree. In this post, we will look at some of the changes you can expect to happen in your life after you have a baby.

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Less Sleep

This is one of those aspects to having a baby that people talk about most frequently, and it is certainly something which you will want to try and prepare yourself for. If you are used to having plenty of sleep, you might find it something of a challenge to suddenly have to get by without any, or with hardly any at least. For most people, a lack of sleep results in a loss of ability to think clearly and to manage emotions, and there are plenty of physical health issues which result from no sleep as well. If you want to ensure that you can still get as much sleep as possible, there are a few things you might want to think about doing. For instance, you can learn to meditate, and engage in some meditation as you are getting ready for bed at night. That will mean that you are more relaxed, and will at least enjoy deeper sleep while you are asleep, even if you can expect to be woken up during the night. Focus on trying to get more sleep, and you will effectively be looking after yourself much more.

A Few Stretch Marks

There are, of course, a huge number of bodily changes which you can expect to, and one of the most common ones is stretch marks. If you find that you have developed stretch marks after having a baby, you are not alone. However, you might feel that you want to do something about it as soon as possible, as it can be a very worrying or upsetting problem to have if it sticks around for too long. If your stretch marks don’t seem to be going anywhere and you want to try and get rid of them, you might want to think about looking at this article on how to get rid of stretch marks by Mustela. There are plenty of good ideas there, and hopefully at least a couple will work for you. If nothing else, they are going to be worth trying.

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More Stress

It’s no surprise to anyone that having a baby increases stress, but what you should want to think about is finding some kind of a way of effectively dealing with it. As long as you have a good stress management method, you won’t need to be concerned that you are experiencing stress in the first place, as you at least know how you are going to be able to deal with it and make it less of a problem. As it happens, there are a lot of ways to deal with stress, even if it comes in large quantities and at all times of the day. Meditation is one way to ensure that you can keep a lid on your stress, as is getting more sleep, which we have looked into already. Beyond that, merely making sure that you are taking care of yourself can mean that you are going to have much less stress in your life, even if your baby is causing you a lot of hassle and pain. Find some time to get a little exercise, and make sure that you are eating well, and you will find that stress is much less of a problem.

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Altered Personal Time

The time that you are able to spend alone changes completely after you have a baby, and before long you will find that you are living in a new kind of world where you never really have many moments alone. This may or may not be a big problem, depending on your natural temperament, and it is something which you might need to do something about should it cause you any psychological problems. The only way to really solve it is to find someone to help you care for the baby, so you can at least get a few moments alone here and there.

 

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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Little Ms. or Mr. Clean— 3 Tips to Inspire Your Children to Become Tidy Adults

Children are messy, and parents know this all too well. Maybe as your child grows up, they will just learn tidy habits, but this is not always the case. If they are the messy sort it may be a good idea to teach them a few things so that when they move out to college or their own place, they can keep their space neat and tidy.

 

Yes, this will be an exhausting task for you at first, but it will pay off big time for both you and your children in the long run.

1. Learn Which Chores Kids Can Do at Different Ages

Some of you may roll your eyes at this because your little Suzie knows how to unload the dishwasher. That is a great start! Now what about the rest of the house?

Many parents are surprised and delighted to learn their children are capable of doing specific chores at a fairly young age. This means your little ones can help clean up the messes they are making.

You can encourage your child to start picking up after themselves as early as ages 2-3. Kids can even begin learning how to vacuum and mop at age 6-8. There are many different suggestions for chores at different ages online.

Of course, every parent knows each child develops at their own rate, but that should not scare you from at least experimenting to see what they are capable of.

2. Mix It Up

It is a smart idea to develop schedules so your child can get certain chores done. Schedules are organized, predictable, and they work. Another thing to keep in mind though is that you are working with children. Children who have short attention spans and get bored very easily.

Since they are still kids, you may need to mix up the routine to keep things interesting. One day have them unload the dishwasher, the next day teach them to vacuum and sweep, then go on to teaching them how to wipe down the bathroom.

This way your children will gain a well-rounded set of skills. As opposed to them becoming master dishwashers that are incapable of doing their laundry as they grow up.

3. Encourage Them

Find what chores your kids enjoy (or dislike the least) and encourage them. Positive reinforcement goes a long way. If your child does not mind vacuuming, encourage them by saying they did a great job. Even the next day, remind them again how good the room looks and thank them for their help.

As parents, it is easy to criticize and correct how children do things. Even if it is not perfect, continue to encourage them. Encouragement should take place more often than correction or criticism.

Even if you have shedding animals and your children cannot perfectly vacuum the floor, continue to encourage them. Freshlycleanhome.com may have some useful suggestions for your hairy home so the task can be accomplished without too much correction or criticism.

Last but not least

It’s always a game of give and take and there may be mishaps along the way. Everything is a learning curve for your child, and they will eventually have those tidy habits down to a fine art. Help them along the way with tips and tricks and give them positive reinforcement, so they don’t give up thinking they are doing the wrong thing.

Your children may be more capable than you trust them to be. It will take a bit of time to become the perfect helper but it will be well worth the trials in the long run.

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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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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Bandung: A Mysterious Palace, Modern Architecture And Earthquake Simulation

 

 

Known for it’s amazing colonial architecture, Bandung is continuously evolving into a modern city right before our eyes. It’s one of the most visited cities in all of Indonesia. It’s trying to rival the cities of the modern Western nations of New Zealand and Australia which are just off to it’s eastern coast. However we see that it’s also trying to be contemporary, and rise above its neighbors in many ways. You get a sense that the lifestyle of the residents is truly being studied and catered for. It’s one of the best places to visit purely for this reason because you get to witness how the city is also trying to adopt a more Western approach to it’s infrastructure. Thankfully however, it’s also not going to forget it’s heritage anytime soon. One of the must-do things is to visit some of the more traditional Indonesian buildings like the temples. But just how is it becoming more modern?

 

A tectonic simulation

As many of us know, Indonesia is situated in a place on the earth that has many natural challenges. It’s one of the few places on earth that has volcanoes, earthquakes, cyclones and tsunamis. This is a great place to learn if you’re a scientist and hence why the Geology Museum is definitely one thing to keep your list of things to experience in Bandung. Inside you will find a life size skeleton of a mammoth. The huge tusks and even bigger spine is something to behold in person with your own eyes. There’s lots of information about the nature of the islands but one thing you must try is the earthquake simulator. For those that don’t live in a country where you get many tectonic plate movements, this is something you’ll never forget. The first time you can feel the ground beneath you move at a great pace and vibrate, you’ll form a newfound respect for mother nature. It’s not dangerous at all so you can bring along your children if you want to also.

 

A place to stay

As aforementioned the city is full of colonial architecture. What you see in the heart of the city is really a mixture of post-modern and art deco. It’s a great take on these styles but it has it’s obvious twist to it. However when you have come this far, maybe staying in the epicenter of the city is not really what you want if you’re looking for quiet. Check out rumah dijual di bandung houses which you can buy and or rent. Depending on the size you require for yourself or for your family and friends, you can choose from the different kinds of neighborhoods and home styles. The common kind is that of 2 or 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms. Much like you see in amazing cities like London and New York, modern urban block homes are available too. They wouldn’t look out of place in Tokyo, Paris or Madrid because they have adopted the Western style completely.

 

 

Exploring the ancient world

Indonesia has been the set for countless movies. It’s a land that mixes exotic landscape with ancient mystery. It’s a good thing then that Ratu Boko is still remaining a focal point for the city. It’s an ancient palace made of a hardened black rock. It was a fortified settlement for the ruling family of the country in the latter part of the 8th century. Some say that the site is even older than that but the mystery remains unsolved. There are three staircases that lead up to a plinth which you can experience as there are no off-limit sections. Some believe that the fortification was used as the main residents of the ruling family as there are around 4 gates in total to which you can exit and enter. This would mean that supply lines were coming from all around the country. All around the site is a large flat terrace which makes this the perfect site to built a stronghold from as you could see any hostile forces approaching. King Boko is now a folklore figure and the locals have many different tales about how he lived and what kind of impact his reign had on the city of Bandung.

Bandung is an incredible city that is in the midst of a transformation. You can see how much the architecture has changed over the years. It’s one of the first cities in the continent to adopt modern Western urbanized architecture and house-building techniques. The museums and shopping malls are pretty much on par with any neighboring nation too. The earthquake simulator is something you have to experience while you’re here.

 

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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