6 No Fail Tips For a Low Stress Move

Moving is well-known as one of life’s biggest stressors. In line with things like death and divorce, moving can be a real pain in the neck (literally). However, compared with the moving process our parents and grandparents went through we’ve got it pretty good. Let’s look at some things that can make moving day less stressful.

 

Take Your Time

Depending on your reason for moving you may not have the luxury of time, but if you do, use it wisely. Mobile storage units have been game changers for moving households and businesses. For people who have some notice, they can rent a storage container homestead and have it delivered right to their driveway. They can load boxes in at their leisure and in whatever order they think is best. This makes it easier to stay organized and to handle fragile items yourself.

Make a Donation

Moving time is the best time to donate things you no longer use. From clothes to furniture to appliances, donate the things that have been collecting dust. Not only will it mean less to transport for you but it will be a big benefit for the charity you donate to. Local charities like The Salvation Army and Goodwill will even come to your home to pick up your donation. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Color Code Your Boxes

Whether you use colored duct tape or sticky notes, find a way to color code your boxes. If you mark all the kitchen boxes yellow and the bedroom blue, it makes moving things into your new home a breeze. Regardless of who is helping you, the color system can make the process run smoothly.

Pillows and Blankets

Pillows and blankets can be bulky, but you can use that to your benefit. Wrap fragile items like mirrors or picture frames in plush items like comforters for protection. You can stuff pillows inside boxes to secure precious goods from bouncing around.

Avoid Weekends

It may be easier said than done, but if you can, avoid weekends. Moving companies charge premium prices on the weekends due to demand. If you are trying to move on a budget, pick a weekday instead.

Watch the Valuables

Movers do their best to pack and move your things in an efficient and safe way. However, even professionals make mistakes. If you have big ticket items like a piano, artwork or a floor to ceiling mirror take pictures or a video of the items before the movers arrive. That way, you have proof of the item’s condition before the move.

 

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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Being Attentive To Your Kids As A Busy Parent

Life can get a little hectic sometimes, but it’s important that we spend and make time for our children because if you too much time is spent away from them, they’ll notice it. This can end up having a resentment later on in life if you’re missing out on important life events, so here’s how to be attentive to your kids as a busy parent.

 

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Learn To Say No

It can be pretty easy to say yes to everything because many of us are people pleasers. We don’t want to let people down and whether that’s in work or your to do with your social life, it’s sometimes just simpler to say yes rather than saying no. However, if you commit yourself to too much then you risk spreading yourself too thin and it’s your personal life that will suffer. It’s a good idea to take a look at your diary whenever someone asks if they can go for coffee or dinner or if your boss tells you to take on another project. If you have too much going on already, then learn to say no. It may be easier said than done, but you don’t want to risk sacrificing valuable time with your loved ones, especially if your children are young.

 

Discuss Flexible Working 

Even a workaholic needs a break, and as life progresses, your priorities and responsibilities will change with it, whether you want it to or not. With children, you now have more unexpected things that happen. Perhaps they fall ill at school, or they have school holidays coming up. Suddenly, you need to be there and at home, and this can be difficult for those who have full-time jobs. This is why it’s worth discussing with your company about doing flexible working. It can be a great way of having a bit of extra flexibility to take time away from the office when needed and to work from home or remotely.

 

Take Advantage Of Technology

Technology is a wonderful thing, and it has improved our quality of lives in so many ways. And you can use it to help keep the relationship between you and your children consistent, even if you can’t be there physically. Social media platforms are great for keeping up to date with what they’re up to if you are away for a longer period of time than normal. You also have messaging services like Facetime and Skype, which help with talking face to face. If you want to keep track of what your children are up to, there are always apps like Family Orbit that are worth trying out. You can learn more about it on their website, and it’s a great way of monitoring their location and having a say in what they can see and what they can’t see. 

 

Be Fully Invested When You’re With Them

Children can be very understanding and can also be very forgiving. However, it’s important to not take advantage of that trust, so when you are spending time with them, ensure you have fully invested it in. Don’t do things in half-measure and don’t be preoccupied with other things like your phone as an example. Remove any distractions and commit yourself fully to the time you are spending with your children. It’s these moments that your children will remember and will make up for the times that you are away. Be present in that moment at all times!

 

Try To Have At Least One Meal Together 

Not every family has the ability to eat together, but it’s important that you try to have at least one meal together each day. Whether it’s easier to do that in the morning or in the evening is up to you, but it’s usually around the dining table, where conversations and relationships are made. It can help you start off or end the day by discussing it with your nearest and dearest. The line of communication becomes more open because of it, and you’ll notice that your children will speak more openly to you about things that have happened or seem to be affecting them.

 

Being attentive to your kids as busy parents is tough, but it’s something you just have to adapt and be able to do. Learn to say no at times when you are getting too busy that you sacrifice time away from your children. Discuss the idea of flexible working with your workplace, and you may be surprised by how they can adapt to suit your needs.

 

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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Christian Denominations of the World

 

The Christian church can be found all over the world from Europe to the United States. Although there are hundreds of different sects, each shares the core ideal that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. They are separated by differences in belief when it comes to Jesus’s nature, doctrine, titles and organizational styles. Here are three of the major Christian denominations in the world and their similarities and difference from each other.

Protestant

The Protestant Church includes such groups as The Way International, Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist and many more. It began in the 1500’s when multiple members of the Catholic church, such as Martin Luther and John Wycliffe, questioned its teachings. It began when Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg. The Theses were a list of items where he found that the Catholic church’s doctrine and the Bible were different. These groups of people eventually split from the Catholics and formed their own churches with the belief that their doctrine is based on the scripture in the Bible alone. Although they are all considered part of the Protestant church, the teachings of their particular denomination are frequently different from the other groups. Due to this, they are considered as not being in fellowship with each other meaning they participate in separate sacraments.

Catholic

The Roman Catholic church traces its roots back to Saint Peter and the apostles that were with Jesus. Due to that distinction, the church body believes itself to be the true Church of Christ even though the Eastern Orthodox church makes a similar claim. It is not only influential in the world of religion but has also been known to affect the political landscape as well. The Catholic church is led by the Pope, who is located in Rome at the Vatican, a city by itself alone. There are over a billion members of the church throughout the world. Their teachings are based on the Nicene Creed, a document of belief written by the First Council of Nicea in 325. You can see the effect of the church on the culture and art in Western Europe and the United States.

Eastern Orthodox

The second largest church body in the world, the Eastern Orthodox Church also believes its origins start shortly after the death of Jesus. Made up of smaller church bodies that are in fellowship with each other, most of its members live in Russia. They have multiple bishops leading the churches yet the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople is believed to be the unofficial leader of them all. The influences of the Eastern Orthodox Church can be seen all over Eastern and Southern Europe. Like the Catholic church, the Eastern Orthodox teaching is based on the Niceness Creed. They broke fellowship with the Catholic church in 1054 when they disagreed on many things, especially the duties and power of the Pope. They split from the Catholics when the Crusaders tore Constantinople apart and plundered it causing hard feelings between the two church bodies until modern times.

 

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 Helping Your Kids Take Care of Their Teeth

 

 

Although you know the importance of teaching your kids how to take care of their teeth, you may find yourself (and them) slacking sometimes. Proper dental habits go a long way in helping your kids maintain self-confidence, physical health, and saving money for both of you in the future. Here are some great tips to better ensure your kids have brighter, healthier smiles for decades to come.

Explain the Toothbrush

Rather than handing your kids a toothbrush and tell them to get brushing, take this one step further. Specifically explain that they’re brushing away invisible plaque on their teeth that can work its way into their gums and teeth which can cause decay When your kids have a better idea of why it’s so important that they brush twice a day and what can happen if they don’t, they’re less likely to skip brushing and brush their teeth the right way rather than half-heartedly.

Be a Leader

Kids pay more attention and retain more information than we think. For this reason, it’s important to set a good example when it comes to taking proper care of your teeth. Things such as using reliable toothpaste like Colgate Total SF, flossing, and scrubbing your tongue are all great ways to show your kids the proper way to take care of their oral health. Creating a regular dental routine that your kids can follow will go a long way.

Allow Kids to Choose Their Own Toothbrush

Something else that can motivate kids to brush their teeth on the regular is picking out their own toothbrush. There so many choices of brushes for kids today and letting them select their own brush with their favorite movie character or color can give them a sense of excitement and control, making them want to brush their teeth instead of you asking them to.

Visit the Dentist Regularly

This tip should go without saying, but it certainly deserves a spot on the list. Schedule a trip to the dentist for your kids at least twice a year, more if your dentist recommends it. Your kids may be either hesitant or downright frightened about going to the dentist. If so, bring up these fears with your child’s dentist to see what you can do together to help ease your child’s fears or hesitations. It’s best to look for a dentist who specializes in child dentistry because she or he already has experience with children and can teach them how to take proper care of their developing teeth.

Watch What They Drink

Most kids love juice, but that love can lead to a high sugar intake, which is just as bad for their physical health as it is their oral health. Sugary residue can cling to the teeth, where it can lead to, you guessed it, tooth decay. Try limiting your kids to four ounces of 100% juice a day and encourage drinking water after drinking juice or even as an alternative.

When they’re older, your kids are sure to thank you that you taught them how to care for their teeth and oral health. Try to remember these tips when it’s time for your kids to brush their teeth before school and before bed.

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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Mothers Making Money

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As mothers, the demand on our time is often very frustrating, juggling ten things at once, our number one priority, is always, to give our children the attention they require and to be there when they need us. With time often against us, it’s important not to neglect ourselves either, we still need the capacity to earn for our family and not to forget, do the things we enjoy. When it comes to earning a living, we usually fit it in around our children, which means working when they are in school. We all need to make a living and don’t want to be out of the work environment too long, yet it can be a struggle for many to find suitable hours that will not affect their children too much. That’s why a home business or part-time job is ideal for the busy mum.

Making a Living As a Mum

If you bake a lot and it’s something you love to do, or you are crafty and make craft items for fun, have you ever considered starting up a business and selling them online or in your local area? You could have total control when you worked and when the kids needed attention you would be right there for them. You could even get them involved, teaching them and who knows, they may find success with it in the future. Working from home is great for mums as they generally have good time management and organisation skills which is often required when you run a business from home.

Find a Flexible Job

Working part-time is another option to look into. Instead of managing the cost of childcare, you could request hours when the kids are in school. Part-time work with flexible hours such as cleaning or cafe work is ideal for this. This keeps you in the work environment and can give you much needed adult conversation too. It could be very useful if you work a couple of hours in the morning and be able to get home in time for the children. Working part-time may not give you all the finances you need, but you could top it up with blog writing or a home business.

Blogging

Designing your own blog can be really fun. All the content is chosen by you and you are talking about the things you enjoy or have experienced. When you run a business from home and are using a PC or MAC, there are tools that can speed up your tasks and save you time, making your life much easier. Upskilling on a computer is invaluable when it comes to creating a blog or social networking. There are some great guides and technical skills out there, try https://setapp.com/how-to/split-screen-on-mac-for-extra-productivity if you find yourself wreslting with a mac.

For mothers who have chosen to work part-time around their kids, although they might not be making a fortune, they have the satisfaction of being there when the kids need them until they are at an age where they are more dependent. It’s a personal choice for us all and can add personal fulfillment at every level.

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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