5 Ways Moms Can get a Better Nights Sleep

As a toddler mom myself, I know how difficult it can be to get a full night’s sleep, let alone a GOOD night’s sleep. With little ones around, sleep is in short supply and what you can get should be as peaceful as possible. To offset the daily chaos, here are five ways to get a better night’s sleep.

Put the Phone Down

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Checking your email, or scrolling through Facebook or Instagram right before bed can be incredibly detrimental to our sleep patterns. Does that stop us? No. But it’s important to note that the blue light from your cell phone can severely impact our deep sleep and stimulate our brains, which causes us to wake up more tired than we were. Overstimulating ourselves by watching TV, checking emails, and scrolling social media tells the body that it is time to be awake, so put the electronics away.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Write down your worries. Keeping a notebook next to the bed to jot your to-do list helps get those pesky reminders out of your head and onto paper so you can just relax. Meditation can be helpful here as well. Use it to breathe deep and clear your mind, readying your body for sleep.

Create a Sleeping Haven

Decluttering, or cleaning your space up, can really help create a calming atmosphere set up for sleep. Make sure the temperature is right for your sleep habits and that the air quality is clean and free of allergens. If the air smells musty, it might be time to have an HVAC professional come service your system and make any needed repairs and installations. This is probably not a time for DIY-ing your HVAC system, because you don’t want to take a chance on air quality.

Actively Changing Your Routine

Start by getting active during the day. Most moms’ daily routines and exercise plans go out the window with a small addition to the family. Staying active will help alleviate stress and tire your mind and body out. It’s a good idea to avoid afternoon caffeine infusions also, so as not to overstimulate yourself when it’s time for sleep. Try to go to sleep at the same time every day so your body learns when to start shutting down.

Invest in Your Sleep

It’s hard to admit it, but if all else fails, it could be time to invest in a new mattress. There is some amazing technology out there that wasn’t on the market when you bought your bed, you know, before kids, and could go a long way to helping get some shut-eye.

Sleep is necessary to live and recharges your mind and body, so it’s no surprise that sleep is so essential. Pinpointing WHY you can’t get enough sleep is a must. Following the above advice should help, but remember, if all else fails, put daddy on duty!

 

 

 

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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Where Do You Start When Picking A School For Your Child?

Your child’s education is so important because it opens up doors to them in later life and helps them to grow as a person. That is why choosing their school is one of the biggest parenting decisions that you have to make. It’s a very hard decision to make because there are a lot of different things that you need to consider. If you have a child that is nearing school age and it’s time to make that choice, these are some of the things that you need to think about.

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Location 

The first thing that you need to consider is the location because you will be limited to schools that are within a reasonable distance to your home. However, it’s important that you don’t just choose the closest school possible because it might not be the best place for your child. At the same time, you can’t choose somewhere too far away because it may not be practical. It’s important that you find a school that is close enough that you can fit the school run into your schedule but also somewhere that is suitable for your child. Finding a balance between these two things can be tricky.

Consider Private Schools 

A lot of parents only consider the local state schools, but that is a mistake. In a lot of cases, your child will get a better education at a private school, and they may be more affordable than you realize. It’s important that you consider your budget carefully and think about whether you can really afford it, but you should always look at all of your schooling options before you make a decision and don’t write private schools off straight away.

Ask About Their Relationship With Parents 

As a parent, it’s important that you have an active role in your child’s education and you support their school. When you are looking around different institutions, ask about the relationship between schools and parents. If the school actively includes the parents in decisions and keeps them updated about any issues and developments in the school, that’s a good sign. But if the school does not include parents in a big way, that is a cause for concern.

Look At The Curriculum 

The curriculum should give you a good idea of the teaching style that is used at the school and the different areas that they focus on. Firstly, you need to see whether they have a strong program of core subjects like English, Maths, and Science. Beyond that, consider what other courses they teach outside of the core subjects, and which of these courses you think will benefit your child the most. You should also consider the extra-curricular activities that your child can get involved with.

When you are asking these questions about the curriculum, you should always ask about the average grades of the students. You don’t always need to pick the school that has the best grade averages. However, you should avoid schools that have a low grade average in the core subjects.

These are all things that you should consider when choosing a school, but the most important thing to think about is your child, and where they will feel most comfortable and be able to learn 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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Tricks To Tackle The Summer Education Drought

As a parent you may not think too much about the summer education drought. However, it can be an issue, particularly if you are keen to ensure that your child reaches their full potential at school.

Basically, through the summer months kids are off school for weeks on end. Many will have virtually no educational experiences through this time. It’s fairly uncommon for teachers to set homework and even if they do, it’s usually completed at the last minute, or completely forgotten.

This is a problem because it means that when they eventually do return to the classroom, their minds are completely blank. All the knowledge they gained in the previous year has vanished. Now in some cases this can be useful but in others it’s a nightmare for teachers who feel like they are back to square one with a class. So, here are some of the ways to avoid the summer drought.

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Educational Trips

Yes, you can think about booking in a few educational trips over the summer period. There are plenty of museums that make educating kids as fun as possible with great activities and adventures within the four walls. You can also think about going somewhere like Disney World and seeking out educational activities too. Believe it or not these do exist from Living With The Land in Epcot to the Carousel of Progress and much more. Each of these provides information that is fascinating and useful to children. Alternatively, how about just taking a trip to an art gallery and fueling their creative energy?

Summer School

When your kid starts to approach the age where they need to start thinking about college, summer school can be a useful option. Summer programs for high school students are designed to provide a deeper dive into some of the topics that they may be interested in. Attending a summer school will also look great when you apply for a college because it shows a willingness to go the extra mile. That’s important because a lot of kids will simply settle by doing the bare minimum. Summer schools can be fun too and a great way to develop social skills and get involved with different activities.

Set Mini Asignments

For younger children, you can consider setting little assignments for them to complete through the summer. This could include anything from writing about activities that they enjoyed on holiday or perhaps a short story. Anything like this is going to help them stretch their creative muscles. Alternatively, video games can also be useful, if they are the right type. There are many video games that involve problem solving which is useful for children when developing skills in critical thinking. You might want to research a few of these.

We hope this helps you understand some of the ways that you will be able to combat the summer drought. Do this and you can make sure that your kids are ready to start the school year as soon as they walk back into the classroom.

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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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Finally Get Your Dream Income

When you think about your dream income, you’ll probably only think about the money you’d win from the lottery. Everyone’s dream income is that of millions, meaning they don’t have to work again for the rest of their life. But the chances of this happening are so slim, and some part of us believes that the people they show winning the lottery on the TV are all fake, it’s rare for people to win. So life becomes this slog of trying to bring in enough money so you aren’t scraping the barrel come the middle of the month. We get into the routine of being used to the money that we have. We know exactly what our money is going to go on and when it’s going to go to it, and we can roughly guess how much the shopping will be each week. But what we don’t have is enough money spare to really indulge like we once used to be able to. When we were younger, our wages would go on buying snacks from the shop and ordering clothes. So, we want to show you can you can finally get to your realistic dream income, or at least be working towards it.

 

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Realise Education Is Power 

Education truly is power when looking at career potential. It never used to be this way, however. Not so long ago, you used to be able to walk into a job with minimal qualifications. In fact, your parents will have probably told you stories about the qualifications they left school with, telling you how they were forced into work. So the generation before us didn’t really focus on education, they were focused on being the workhorses that was driving the country towards greatness. But in doing so, they also made businesses become far more particular about the people that they’re hiring. Instead of going for the person who seemed to be the keenest, everyone is now competing against who is more qualified, who has a higher level of education, and who has the most experience. So you need to weigh up the possibility of going back into education to work towards your dream income, which will ultimately come from getting a better job. There are so many people who take the plunge and go back into education as a mature student, simply so they can get the job they want. The first step begins with finding a university that has a good reputation, as well as a broad range of subjects, such as the University of Southern California. University life is going to be far different than if you had gone when you were young, so don’t be worried about having to live the young lifestyle whilst you’re there. You simply need to focus on the task at hand, and get the course done. If actually going into a classroom is not ideal for you, you could do an online course which holds just as much value when searching for a job. There are now so many courses to be taken online, you’ll always be able to find one that relates to the niche that you want to end up in!

Get Your Career Steady

Having a steady career doesn’t mean having one where you’re tapping behind a computer screen all day. Unless of course that’s what you want to do. Some highly paid jobs require people to sit behind a desk all day. But by a steady career, you don’t want to find yourself in one where you’re bored out of your mind all day. You want a career that’s steady in terms of not being fired anytime soon, but challenging enough so that you’re not twiddling your thumbs all the time. So to get your career steady, you need to think about whether a career move is for you. If you only feel comfortable in the role that you’re in, rather than actually feeling interested or challenged, then it’s time to move to a different career. One that you know is within a well established company that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but one that you know is going to push you to your limits.

Invest Your Money 

What we have been talking about so far requires a lot of effort. It’s so easy to have the willing to want to earn more money, but you might not be financially stable enough to just switch jobs and lose out on a month’s pay, no doubt. You might not have the time to go back into education and commit to a course that’s no doubt going to be longer than a year. So, there are other ways that you can boost your income every single month, without having to even leave your home. You can invest your money into the many investment options that are available, and see where it gets you. The important thing to remember is that investments are not always going to work out. Sometimes you can invest a ton of money and it won’t come back to you in the form of profit. So you have to be careful and calculated when choosing what you’ll invest in. You could choose to invest in a long term savings bond. Although you won’t see the money come back to you for years, it’s a long term investment that will one day give you a big pot of money to play with. Or, you could go for an investment that has more of a rapid turnaround, such as Forex. Forex works best when you have a financial advisor or investment broker telling you to put your money, where and when.

Progressions Galore

Finally, after speaking about all of this, it might be that you’re doing fine in the career that you’re in and it is your dream job. If so, then you need to be the one that’s progressing up. Find out what are the best routes for progression within the company that you work for, and work towards them. Progression is always going to equal money, but we don’t often have the energy to go for one. Or we don’t have the guts because we think we won’t get it. So, take the time to ask the right questions, and find out if you are eligible for progression!

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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Keep Them Coming Back: 4 Tips That Encourage Return Customers

Small businesses depend on loyal and return customers to be successful. Repeat customers not only spend more money with you but also spread the word about your company. To encourage buyers to come back through your business’s doors time and again, follow these four tips.

Offer a Loyalty Program

A loyalty program encourages customers to continue shopping somewhere by rewarding them with discounts or other incentives. Try setting up a loyalty program for your frequent buyers that will provide them with incentives such as special savings, freebies, or advance access to new products. You can also offer customers a reward card that lets them accumulate points for each purchase, which they can put toward discounts on future purchases. The goal is to not only keep these loyal customers coming through your door but also encourage good word-of-mouth.

Boost Brand Recognition

Trusted, recognizable brands often have more return customers. Stand out from the competition and assert your company as a respected brand by increasing awareness. Make sure customers can easily recognize your business name, logo, products or services, and characteristics associated with it. You can do so by sharing your company’s story on social media outlets such as Instagram and interacting with your target audience on Facebook. Other ways to increase brand recognition include guest blogging, partnering with other brands, creating shareable content such as infographics, and encouraging customer reviews.

Make Your Space Inviting

Customers won’t want to return to your business or store if they’re uncomfortable there. If your space is warm and inviting, however, you’re more likely to make a great first impression. Decorate the space with welcoming colors. Have a comfortable lounge or seating area for customers. Keep things clean and uncluttered. Add special touches such as plants and greenery or complimentary coffee and water. Maintain the correct air temperature to make sure customers aren’t too hot or cold. If you’re struggling to keep your business environment cozy, you might need to have your HVAC system serviced regularly.

Practice Exceptional Customer Service

Top-notch service is often at the heart of customer retention. Make sure your staff is well-trained in customer service and in handling any issues. Listen to and get to know your customers so you can provide them with a more personal experience. Have a real person answering the phone, and return calls and messages promptly.

Also, make sure to go above and beyond to correct mistakes or handle unhappy clients. The way you deal with a customer complaint can reflect on your company best. If you can remedy a potentially negative situation quickly, positively, and professionally, that customer might be more likely to return to your place of business and even recommend your company to others.

Repeat customers can drive your business. Not only are they loyal to your small business but they cost less to acquire than new customers. If you’re lucky, they’ll also help promote your company through word of mouth and positive reviews. Keep these tips in mind when encouraging customers to return.

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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