Thursday, 26 May 2016

5 Fun Affordable Additions To A Child's Bedroom

A child’s bedroom should be a fun and inviting space where your child can truly be themselves. Adding exciting items may sound expensive but it never has to break the bank. By creating a room that your child loves, you are more likely to encourage them to get into good habits such as tidying their room and going to bed on time. If they love the room they have, taking pride in it and spending time in there will not feel like a chore. If you’re hoping to add a bit of interest to a child’s bedroom, try the suggestions below for maximum impact with the minimum cost.


Comfy Spots

A child’s room should have lots of areas to curl up and feel cosy. If we are short on space, day beds are effectively a bed and a sofa in one. We can find a range of really cool day beds for kids online. Many also incorporate extra storage space or pull-out details that will help us to keep uncluttered. Chairs can be a comfortable addition but can quickly take up space. Adding bean bags, cushions, and even a hammock doesn’t have to be expensive but adds lots of personality.

A Night Light

Many children are nervous of the dark. Many grown ups are too! A night light can be a soothing and reassuring addition that won’t keep them awake but will help them to feel secure. Many now come in a variety of shades or cast soothing shapes across the walls like stars or animals.


A Games Box Or Cabinet

Storing games and toys in a child’s bedroom may sound like a recipe for a lot of late nights! But having the box or cabinet itself in the room can encourage them to tidy away after themselves. Having things that they enjoy in the room can also help to give confidence to children who may be reluctant to sleep on their own. If they create good associations of fun and playtime with the room, then they are more inclined to feel comfortable there.


A Chalkboard

Children often love to draw. A chalkboard can be cheap, fun, and easy to clean. It is a great chance for children to practise their art skills and handwriting. With the addition of some coloured chalks, the board can be a great activity with friends. You can write messages on it for them to wake up to in the morning, or even little reminders like football practise or the dentist.

A colourful rug

If we’re feeling that our child’s bedroom is looking drab, it can be disheartening if fresh wallpaper or paint is not in the budget. But the addition of a colourful rug can lift the whole atmosphere of a room. There are now some very affordable examples on the market. They are as eye-catching as any ornament or artwork. But they don’t take up extra space and they are not vulnerable to being broken! A rug can also add a bit of warmth underfoot. It can be transformed into a comfy sitting spot for games, too.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Are You Getting The Best Night's Sleep?

Do you get up in the morning and wonder why you don’t feel as rested as you should? Quality sleep is a must, whether you’re a stay at home parent or a young professional. Sleep helps us to process everything that has happened the previous day. It flushes fat and toxins from the body. It helps us recover from strenuous activity. It rests the mind. There are so many more benefits of sleep, which is why you need to make sure you’re getting the best quality there is. There’s no point getting 8 hours a night if it’s interrupted! These tips will help you to get the best night’s sleep for you:

Know How Much Sleep You Need

Everybody is different, so everybody needs different amounts of sleep to function as best as they can. Some might only need 5 hours, while somebody else needs 9. The recommended amount is usually 7 or 8, but it really does depend. Just because you can function off 5 doesn’t mean that's how much you need. You should try to make sure you get as much sleep as you need to function.

Make The Bedroom For Sleeping Only

So many people keep TVs, games consoles, and other things in the bedroom that confuse the brain. If you do more than sleep in the bedroom, your body is going to struggle to shut off in there. Get rid of anything in there with a light, or anything that could be confusing the body so that you can get used to just falling to sleep.

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Wind Down Before Bed

Winding down before bed is essential to making sure you get the best quality sleep. If you hop right into bed after watching your favourite TV program, you’re unlikely to be able to sleep very well at all. In fact, you’ll probably toss and turn thinking about it for a good while! Try to avoid things like TV, phone, and tablet use a few hours before bed. If you want something to do, read a book. Maybe not one that will keep you up, though! Have a nice cup of relaxing tea, and slow down. Stop doing chores. Put your feet up. Turn the lights down. All of these things will help the body to wind down and get ready for a good night’s sleep.

Take A Bath

Baths are great before bed. They heat up the body and then force the body to cool down rapidly, which helps people fall to sleep much quicker. Use essential oils in your bath or a bath bomb designed to help you relax if you like.

Use Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a really good way to fall asleep too. Burn incense, candles, or spray lavender on your pillow. Little tricks like this can make all the difference while you’re trying to drift off. Just don’t leave anything dangerous burning while you’re sleeping!

Choose The Right Kind Of Mattress

The kind of mattress you have can play a huge part in how well you sleep too. If your mattress is too hard or soft for you, not only will you have trouble sleeping, you can also hurt yourself. Spend time choosing a mattress that is right for you. A popular mattress these days is the tempur mattress, but few people know about them. Here you can find tempur mattresses explained so you can work out if it’s the right kind for you. There are also memory foam mattresses and even water mattresses to consider.  

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Get Some Exercise Early On In The Day

Taking exercise early on in the day will help you to drop off later at night. However, if you exercise too close to bedtime you’ll probably find yourself lying awake. Try to get your exercise in in the morning or early afternoon for the best results.

Cut Back On Caffeine

Take note of how much caffeine you’re taking in and work out whether that could be affecting your sleep pattern. If you drink it all throughout the day, you might want to switch to decaffeinated tea and coffee, for instance. A little bit won’t hurt you, but too much will.

See A Doctor

Finally, if you’re still having sleep issues, see a doctor. You might not even realise what your problem is if you don’t sleep with another person. You could be suffering from something like sleep apnea and not even realise it.


Use these tips to get a great night’s sleep and you should begin to function better during the day.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Planning ahead #justincase

Its not just the financial aspects that we have to endeavour to plan for, but we also need to ensure we have a real plan for our healthy future selves.

I am sure we all have contingency plans in place with our life, income and various other insurances, however when it come to our basic health needs there is no achievable way to plan for any unforeseen outcomes.

For me I hope that my family genetics seem to appear quite favourable, however unfortunately my father did become disabled in his early-forties. Other than a few insurances he had in place financially (it was fairly surprising that some would not payout for his condition!). His health on the other hand there was little more that he could have done to prevent or improve upon his outcome unfortunately.

I know I need to improve on my current lifestyle, I eat way to many calories, fat and sugars and I am fairly sure that I should be exercising a lot more than I do! However I tend to shrug all of this off as I still have young kids and no extra energy! Although I do not smoke and rarely drink alcohol. Surely that could help with any possible conditions that could present over the years?

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Many people find it hard to discuss embarrassing issues such as prostate trouble or incontinence issues, especially with the incontinence as for males it appears as the advertising for incontinence products seems largely aimed at a female market.

For prostate issue I would like to actively encourage people to discuss issue or symptoms due to the fact that in 2013 13.43% (47,300 cases) of all cancers diagnosed in the UK was prostate cancer, no one should be backwards about come forward when it come to suspected cancerous conditions!