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A Wild World: Child Safety Concerns Which Are Taken For Granted

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Being a parent is often a battlefield filled with confusing and stressful problems. From the small things, like helping the kids with homework, to the slightly larger, like giving them the freedom to go out on their own, you will have a lot on your plate. This can make it hard to consider the obvious risks, though. Causing a lot of pain, this isn’t worth it, and this post is here to help you out. It will be exploring some of the key areas in life which could negatively impact your child. With this in mind, it should be a lot easier to start making a difference.

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Furniture: In the past, furniture was almost always designed to stand upright, using its own weight to prevent it from falling. Of course, though, this doesn’t always work, and children are experts when it comes to tearing these things down. Bookcases, drawers, and wardrobes should all be firmly attached to the wall. If this is ignored, you could find yourself with a very big disaster on your hands, leaving someone very hurt.

Cars: When you’re on the road, it can be easy to assume that your safe driving is enough to keep yourself and your loved ones from harm. In reality, though, cars for families come in loads of shapes and sizes, and it will be worth doing some research to make sure that you’re choosing the safest possible option within your price range. In some cases, this may mean having to buy something second hand, though newer cars tend to have safety features which older ones lack. You won’t find automatic braking on many cars even a couple of years old.

Commutes: A lot of parents like to leave their kids to their own devices when it comes to getting to and from school, especially as they get older. Some children won’t have as good a time with this as others, though, and it could be easy for your little one to find themselves at the center of bullying if you’re not careful. Along with the other risks out on the streets, being intimidated by other kids will make their life very hard. To solve this, you could consider simply driving them to school like when they were younger.

School: While your child is learning, you would expect them to be perfectly safe. Of course, with the exception of a couple of places, it’s very unlikely that your child will be physically injured during their time at school. But, even with this being the case, they could still face stress and anxiety which makes life very hard. You should always be there to help them with homework, revision, and the other parts of the time they spending soaking up new information. Along with this, though, you also have to work with the school to make sure that you’re not missing something.

Toys: Over the last few years, there have been more and more cases of toys or games malfunctioning, causing health issues and potential risks for the children using them. Likewise, small parts have always presented a risk to very little ones. All toys out there have an age rating attached to them. Using this, plus a little bit of logic, it should be easy to decide which toys your children can have. Some products are simple too dangerous, and will be easy to find with one or two searches.

Food: Kids aren’t able to digest food in the same way as adults, and this is something which needs to be on your mind when you’re choosing food for everyone to eat. Thankfully, there are loads of family recipe books out there which can help with this. Using meals which cover a wide range of food groups, you will ensure that everyone is getting what they need, even if they kids get smaller plates.

The Air: Finally, as the last area to think about, you should always be able to trust the air you’re breathing. Nowadays, though, living in the wrong place could see you being exposed to dangerous levels of pollution. Large junctions, industrial areas, and other places like this will be bad for your child’s lungs, often hurted their ability to breath into later life. You can find tools around the web which are designed to help you to figure out where your home sites on the air pollution scale.

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Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the time you put into your day to day family safety. It can be easy to ignore these areas, letting them spiral out of control over the years. Of course, though, when looking after the ones you care about, the daily risks are those which need to be resolved the soonest.

Make The Change In Yourself: What We All Need To Help The Planet

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There’s a massive focus on the impact of plastics on our carbon footprint. But while governments are very hot on the fact that cutting back on detrimental materials in favor of recyclable ones is a great leap forward, the onus should still be on us to have an impact on our planet positively. While there are so many rules and regulations out there, and by following these, we can all make a decent impact on the outcome of global warming, the environmental impact and so forth, it should be down to each and everyone of us to understand what we can do all by ourselves. So, what can you do specifically to benefit the planet, not just in an environmental sense, but also, a personal one?

Understand Your Personal Impact
The best way anybody can get an understanding of their own personal impacts on the planet, not just in an environmental sense, but in a personal sense, is to go inwards. Do you find that having a luxurious home makes you happy? Or is being a material person actually distracting you from the real issues in life? Whether you’re looking to benefit the planet in an environmental sense, or you want to be a better person, looking at what your impact is on everyone else is the place to begin. You can examine things like your diet. For example, the more meat you consume, the bigger your carbon footprint is going to be. So you need to think about how to offset this, especially if you want to continue eating meat. There are resources online, like carbon footprint calculators, so you can look at what you are creating over the space of a year, but there are also resources that can help every single one of us, such as Zero Waste Living, which gives details on how to live a zero carbon footprint life. Whatever your goals are, making sure that you delve into yourself and know exactly what you want out of life will make you a better person as a result, which will impact on everyone else around you.

Pay It Forward
Do you find yourself to be selfish in some ways? You might not think of yourself as a Scrooge-like person, but if you find yourself fiercely protective of your own wants and needs, you might be reticent to perform random acts of kindness. This is something that can create a ripple effect. And it doesn’t have to be a major gesture, a smile, opening a door for someone, or buying a homeless person some food, are all simple things that yield a positive result for others. And while doing these things can make you happy, this isn’t the goal. Instead, the idea is to inspire others to do the same. And the great thing about it is that it’s not difficult. We are certainly more selfish nowadays, and operating with that I’m Alright Jack mentality doesn’t benefit humankind at all.

To Thine Own Self Be True
If you’re looking to benefit the planet in an environmental sense, you need to think about what you really want to do to bring about change. The same can be said if you want to benefit other people. We have to start with ourselves, and have a true sense of authenticity in what we do in our lives. If you find that you’ve been living a false life, and not actually being true to yourself, there is no need to feel guilty about it, you can make this conscious change now. By bringing authenticity to every situation in your life, not only will this help to inspire others, but it’s something that will make you sleep easier at night in an emotional sense. Knowing you’ve done your best in any given situation, and being true to every action you undertake, rather than telling small lies or being deceitful, yields much more positive results. Shakespeare said “to thine own self be true”, and he was right. In any way you want to benefit the world, either through political action, improving the environment, or just helping people, including yourself, being authentic is the best course of action to achieve any proper solution.

As we get older, we can look back on our lives and have numerous regrets, but for those who are true to their beliefs, and have done everything they can, will have no regrets. This is the best way in which to operate through life, and if you want to improve the environment, improve relationships, or just want to walk through life with an air of confidence, looking at your own personal impact, being kind, but also being true to yourself are the three most impactful pillars anybody can have on the world in which we live in.

Interior Design Ideas That Will Wow Your Guests

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When you’re entertaining guests there is no better feeling than them admiring and complimenting the hard work that you’ve put into your home. It’s understandable that you want to be able to take a step back and admire the time, effort, blood, sweat, and tears that you’ve put into making your home so lovely. With summer just around the corner, it’s likely that you’re thinking about improving your home even further so that you can enjoy all of the lovely comments about your home and most importantly, love the home that you’ve created. Here are some interior design tips that will wow your guests.


Lighting makes all of the difference
The kind of lighting that you use in your home can completely change the way your rooms look. Have it too bright and it can easily become a room in which you do not want to spend too much time in as the glare hurts your eyes, having it too dim can make a room feel dingey and appear much smaller than it is.

A great way of solving this dilemma is by using dimmer switches around your home. They allow you to control the amount of light that’s being given out by the bulb, and also change it to fit the ambience that you want to create. They’re very inexpensive to buy and can make all of the difference to how your room comes across.

Sometimes however, having a main light on in a room can ruin the look that you’re going for. While they’re important for those times where you need to see when it’s dark, you could consider dotting lamps around the room to give it a welcoming and warm feel.

Another idea that you could go with when it comes to lighting is back lighting. This is where you place strips of light behind an object like your television so that it glows behind it. It’s a fairly modern look so make sure that it will compliment the decor that you’re going for.

Choose a theme and stick with it
One of the biggest mistakes that you can make with interior design is having an array of different themes going throughout your home. If it’s not done correctly you could find yourself not feeling like your decor makes any sense; therefore leading to being unhappy with your work.

A great way to ensure this doesn’t happen is by choosing a theme and sticking with it. So, if you like a rustic look, then find different ways in which you could showcase this in your home. Why not make life easier and have Lowe Design & Build help you design the room of your dreams. They can match it to what you already have and make sure that the theme you’re going for flows through your home nicely.

Focal point ideas
As you’re probably already aware, having a focal point in each room can help you tie small details together nicely, creating the ambience and feel that you were after. If you’re looking for something a little different as a focal point, take a look at these ideas:

  • A fireplace is always a great focal point as it immediately adds the sense of homeliness and warmth to the room.
  • Mirrors can extend a room and if you choose one with a decorative frame, it can also give the eyes something to admire.
  • A large clock can do more than just tell the time, it can give the eyes something to immediately look at.
  • Open shelving is not only great for storing things, but also creating a focal point for your room. Why not be clever and use decorative ornaments to draw the eye in.

Use your home to show off your personality
Finally, what’s a home without being able to show off the things that you love and are passionate about. Use your home to show off your personality and the things that you love. For example, if you’re a lover of pandas, use your home to showcase trinkets and artwork that you’ve collected so that your guests can admire it as much as you do.

Try these ideas in your home so that the next time you’re entertaining, you can wow your guests with your decor skills and wonderful home.

5 of the Luxuries Homeowners Most Want

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When all of your basic needs are covered by your home, you start to think about the other things that can add value to your life. And the luxuries that can improve your house don’t only have to be the preserve of the wealthy. Of course, a bigger budget makes a difference, but there is no reason why you can’t aim to recreate similar features in your own home. So, let’s look in more detail at a few of the luxuries that homeowners most desire.

Open Floor Plans

Nowadays, modern homeowners see rooms as an inhibition of their creative ideas and tend to favour open floor plans. So, rather than having a clear sense of division between the different rooms, people tend to want their spaces to be multifunctional. Perhaps you could look into taking down some walls or simply widening up your doorways to open up the space in your house.

The Latest Technology

As technology continues to advance at a rapid rate, homeowners are looking for the ways that they can make their lives that little bit easier. There are so many features which can be controlled using your smartphone that it makes sense that you will want to utilise them. Of course, there are plenty of expensive options out there, but companies like Google and Amazon are competing to make voice-controlled systems increasingly smart and sophisticated.

Outdoor Living

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Next up, for the times when the sun is shining, people want to take advantage of outdoor living options. Outdoor kitchens are steadily becoming more popular as people install items like a built-in gas grill, a small fridge, and luxurious patio seating. But one of the favoured options still remains an outdoor swimming pool. If you are lucky enough to have one already, you may want to look into pool renovations. But there are also plenty of smaller and more affordable bathing options.

Game or Theatre Rooms

Most people would love a room of the house which is purely geared towards entertainment, and both game and theatre rooms fit the bill nicely. All you need is a spare room of the house, and then you can invest in a projector or TV, a games console, some comfortable seating, and whatever else you need to enjoy the space.

Spa Bathroom

Finally, nothing says luxury living more than a spa. And while not many people can afford to put one in their homes, you can make your bathroom more spa-like with things like walk-in showers, underfloor heating, and towel warmers.

Everyone wants different things from their homes, but these are just a few of the common desires that people are after. For many people, a home is always a work in progress and you always have the opportunity to add new features to your property to make it that little bit more appealing and luxurious for you and your entire family.

Healthy Advice for Hands Like a Hand Model

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You use your hands every day for various things, from typing to doing DIY. They can take a real bashing from the environment and all the things you use them for too. You don’t want to deal with dry skin or split nails, so taking care of your hands is important. If you take steps to protect them, you can avoid damaging them and keep them looking and feeling beautiful. If you want your hands to look like they belong to a hand model, you can take a few steps to help your skin and nails stay healthy and strong.

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Keep Them Moisturised

Moisturising your hands and nail is one of the most important things you can do to keep them looking good. But don’t wait until your hands feel dry or your cuticles are damaged to do something. You can use routine treatments to moisturise your hands, so they stay soft and beautiful. Hand lotions and creams are great for keeping your skin soft, hydrated and nourished. You can also get treatments designed especially for cuticles, as they can be delicate and damage easily. Try keeping a hand cream or lotion in your bag or by your bed so you can easily reach for it when you need it.

Switch Your Nail Polish

Wearing nail polish is a must for many women, but it can have some negative consequences. The polish itself and the products you use to remove it aren’t always kind to your nails or your skin. One option to explore is whether there’s a better nail polish that won’t damage your hands. You can choose a water based nail polish, which is free of various chemicals that could hurt your nails. They still look great, and they’re also good for the planet. It’s also a good idea to give your nails a break from the polish now and then

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Protect Your Hands

Taking steps to protect your hands from the things that could damage them is another thing you can do. For example, if you’re going out in the cold, wearing gloves will prevent the cold air from drying them out. Wearing gloves when you wash the dishes or do any cleaning will protect your hands from chemicals and soaps that could dry them out or do any other damage. Protect your hands from injury too by being careful no matter what you’re using them for, and possibly wearing protective gloves for some jobs too.

Change Your Diet

Sometimes the best thing to do is to help your body from the inside. Your diet can have an effect on your skin and nails, sometimes leaving your skin dry and your nails brittle. It’s important to get all the right nutrients so that your hands and the rest of your body can stay healthy. Some of the things you should make sure you get into your diet for healthy skin and nails include protein, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, iron, and vitamin C.

Get healthier hands by making some changes to your lifestyle and routine. They will look and feel better if you treat them right.

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