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Tips on Studying Smarter

Have you ever wondered how some people can get such good grades without much effort? It almost seems unfair when you work your butt off only to get a C when the next guy who never seems to study at all gets A’s all the time. If you too would like to get good grades without studying hard than you should probably focus on studying smarter rather than so hard. According to an article on Psychology Today, focusing on studying smarter versus harder can really pay off. The article goes on to discuss the two vital principals that you need to take into account when studying. These two principals are: spacing out your studies over time and testing yourself.Continue reading

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5 Reasons you should be using a Child Monitoring App

Do you have a child? Then you already know just how challenging it can be to keep them safe against unwanted Internet content. Sure, the Internet is full of amazing features, but at the same time, it does come with a multitude of perils that you have to overcome. And that’s where the need for a child-monitoring app comes into play. With that in mind, here are 5 major reasons why you should be using child monitoring software.

Cyberbullying protection

More and more children are harassed online. Bullies and trolls are everywhere online, and your child can suffer because of that. Usually, your child will not tell you when he/she is bullied, so this can make things pretty challenging for you. Plus, your child can suffer emotional stress and disappointments that might negate their development in the longer term. As long as you use a family tracker app, you should have no problem keeping your child safe from bullies, since you can track and deal with them fast and easy.

Screen time addiction and control

One of the best things about using a child-monitoring app is that it allows you to prevent screen time addiction. You can enforce limits for the screen time, and you can control how much time your child spends online. This is critical to note because the last thing you want in the end is to have your child addicted to the web and not focus on his homework or school.

You can protect your child’s personal information

Identity theft issues are abundant online. There are hundreds of hackers ready to steal the identity of any person, including children. You need to use a family tracker app to see what type of information your child shares online (especially on social media). This way, you can stop your child from sharing any type of information that might be used against him/her.

You can keep your child away from unwanted online content

While the Internet is full of great places to hang out for kids, games, and information, it also hosts pornography as well as other types of content that are unfit for children. Thanks to a child-monitoring app, you will be able to safeguard your child and protect him/her against this type of problem, with results that will stand out quite a lot in the end.

This is the best way to protect your child against online predators

Yes, there are a multitude of online predators out there and dealing with them can be very frustrating and challenging. Thankfully, you can use a monitoring app in order to make sure that you identify any potential online predators. Children are bound to be naïve, and online predators tend to take advantage of that, but the family tracker app can easily alert you when something is wrong.

If you want to take advantage of all these benefits, you should consider using Family Orbit right away. Family Orbit is a dedicated child-monitoring app designed to monitor your child’s web activity and keep him safe. It also comes with a plethora of other features that will offer you the customization and control you need in regards to child monitoring.

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What to Bring To a Baby Shower?

Getting ready for a baby’s arrival is very important and many expecting parents start to prepare for the birth of their child as soon as they know they have conceived such as

  • Getting their finances in order and having a birth plan
  • Buying the essential baby kit – A new must-have hospital bag, diapers, clothes, wipes, a cot, baby monitor, car seat.
  • Setting up the nursery

Not all parents can afford the above and much more, in time for the baby. That is why the idea behind gifting parents-to-be is to help them feel completely relaxed enough to prepare for welcoming a new life because as tiny as they are, they require a whole lot. What you decide to bring to a baby shower should be thoughtful and practical.

This where a baby gift registry comes in handy. It gives expecting parents a chance to list down all the baby gifts that they don’t have and need to receive from the friends and family on their baby shower party. This also gives the guest a chance to focus on what they can afford. However, it is all well and good if you want to stray away from the baby registry and look for something unique and special to celebrate your friend’s baby

Depending on how close you and the host are, spend or give what you feel comfortable giving or if there are budget constraints, go in on a gift with someone else and split the cost

As a host, consider your gender reveal themed baby shower invitations because, in as much as you want to want to keep the gender a secret until the reveal moment, it’s important to find creative ways to help your guests buy you the appropriate gifts for the gender of your child.

Here are 10 of the best gift ideas for a baby shower

  1. A memory keepsake baby book
  2. A baby arrival gift set in a reusable wooden box, which has natural, non-toxic essentials such as diapers, wipes, healing balm, sanitizing spray, shampoo and body wash, face and body lotion, and a teether.
  3. A welcome home baby set – Includes a short-sleeved bodysuit, knit cap, jersey cardigan and coordinating footed leggings.
  4. Cotton and bamboo rayon baby swaddle pack and a new beginning gift set that has two breathable cotton muslin swaddling blankets, a bib, a little cloth that double as a burp cloth
  5. A bib and burp set made from highly absorbent soft cotton fronts and terry backs
  6. Buddy Nightlight with adorable colors and faces
  7. A floating bath thermometer with a color-changing LED that tells you when and if the water is just right for the baby
  8. A baby playground with plenty of toys to engage the baby such as like a battery-operated musical buggy, detachable stuffed robots, a dangling mirror, and a puppy dog-shaped tummy time pillow
  9. Ultra-soft crib fitted sheets
  10. A white noise fuzzy toy

If you have had your own child you may be able to add to this list of something that you thought was life changing for your child.  I know everyone has their own life-saving items that helped them get through the early stages of adjusting to being a new parent.  If you don’t have any children I hope you find this list helpful as I know from being a parent the above list will be super helpful for the new parents so you won’t go wrong with any of these items.

So now you know what to expect from a baby shower and what you will want to bring to be helpful to the new parents.

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Creative Baby Gifts On A Budget

If you’re like other people, one of your cousins or close friends is always having a baby, which gets expensive as you’re always going to baby showers from time to time.  That may start to stretch the budget but there is no rule stating that expensive gifts are better for the baby. In fact, many new moms prefer creative and heartfelt baby gift ideas.Continue reading

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Essential Guide to Making Your Child’s Communion Perfect

First Holy Communion is first in line of the happy events your little one is going to have in his or her life. While it will be a handful of joy for the child, it is another handful of job for the mommy. You must think of every little detail, so that everything goes as planned. Setting the date, finding the venue, inviting the guests and of course shop for the perfect outfit are just some of the things you need to take care of.

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The Date

First, you should set the date for the receiving the First Holy Communion. Furthermore, the preparations and planning of the party must start months before. This way you will be able to better coordinate the date of the religious service with celebration date. Considering many children will be receiving their First Communion the same day, you might not be able to reserve a suitable banquet hall for your celebration, unless you make a call months earlier.

The Venue

The more guests you invite, the larger the venue you will need to find. Your backyard can be a great place to celebrate if it is large enough for the party. This way you will save the money on renting one, and have the opportunity to hire a great catering service and additional help around the organization. This is appropriate solution if you plan to have a small gathering, and invite only immediate family and a few close friends. However, I suggest you find a professional venue because you will get a variety of benefits over holding your celebration at home.

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Catering

If you have decided to host the party at your home instead of at the restaurant or some venue, you will need a catering service. Make sure you book them far ahead because every caterer is booked months earlier for weddings, birthday parties and various other celebrations. Feel free to discuss about the menu and do not forget to include all the favourite snacks of your little angel. After all, this is their big day, and they should be focused on the most.

The Outfit

Finally, the cutest part of the celebration is your child’s outfit. Whether you will choose a dress for a girl or a suit for the little gentleman, there are a few things to consider. Make sure you ask your daughter what kind of a communion dress and shoes she would like to wear. Let her decide between different cuts and colours of holy communion dresses and if she would like it to be white, or some other colour. Maybe she would want fluffy, or simple, with cap sleeves or long sleeves, and she might want to accessorize with veil, headband or tiara.

Boy’s outfit might take a little more time, considering you should buy an entire suit. 2-piece or 3-piece suit, navy blue, wine, black or grey, all of the colours are suitable. A matching tie and shoes are in order and your little boy will look dashing.

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The most important thing about your child’s First Holy Communion is to start planning as soon as possible. Go over all the possible predicaments, so you can skilfully avoid them, and everything will go smoothly. Good luck!

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Parenting Tips for Raising a Tech – Savvy Kid

The majority of children have an access to the Internet and technology on a daily basis, which is very disturbing since they can be easily tricked into doing something because of their lack of knowledge and experience. However, with parents’ help, they will be able to distinguish good from bad by themselves. Here are five parenting tips on how to raise tech-savvy kids.

#1. Be a Good Role Model

The most important is that you as a parent are a positive digital role model. Your own approach to technology should be connected to the family’s goals and values, so always make sure that your kids are using it appropriately in everyday life. Face-to-face communication should never be replaced by technology – you should use social media to stay in touch with your loved ones, but make sure that you don’t over share. Behave online in the same way you behave in person. Know when to unplug. All of these are very important if you want to be a good role model for your kids.

#2. Set House Rules

Parents are the ones who decide how much time they are comfortable with their children using the computer or being online. Besides that, kids should know exactly which websites they are allowed to visit. Limit their screen time to two hours a day, or even less for children over the age of 2. Older kids should always do their homework first, and only then watch TV or play games online. There are many sites that can develop their ability of thinking and processing information, such as Sudoku or crossword puzzle online, and kids should know that these are much more useful than social networks.

#3. Inform Them About the Potential Dangers

Using technology on a day-to-day basis can be potentially dangerous for younger children, so parents should make sure that kids know what possible dangers are. Since they don’t have enough knowledge to spot hacking attempts, children are perfect targets for hackers. Besides that, safety tips are essential in protection against phishing. Also, cyberbullying is a major issue nowadays, so kids should be informed on how to react if they become victims of it.

#4. Teach Them to Protect Their Privacy

Giving their name, phone number, address, photo, and information about their school should never be given without the permission of a parent, and children should be aware of that. Sharing personal information online can easily put them at risk, because they can never know the identity of a person sitting at the other side of the screen. Teach your kids not to open e-mails from people they don’t know. Provide as many tips as you can to make them feel secure and informed about everything they should know.

#5. Use Technology for Educational Purposes

Besides using technology when they want to have fun and chat with their friends, your children can also use it for educational purposes. This is definitely one of the bright sides of being online – there are so many games that are entertaining on the one hand, but they make kids learn something new on the other one. Many games are available nowadays, and they can actually help your little ones learn geography, math, or history. Video game like Poptropica Mythology Island can introduce kids to Greek mythology and its most important gods. This will actually make your kids learn through play, which is one of the best ways to do that.

Raising your tech-savvy kids to become responsible and smart young people can be a roller coaster ride, especially when you take into consideration all the potential dangers the Internet and technology carry with them. Be a good role model, set house rules, and make sure that your children are as informed as they can be, and everything will be just fine.

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9 Last-Minute Baby Gifts for the Indecisive Aunt

If you’re like me once and you’re clueless about anything baby-related then you probably dread the day when the baby will come and you have to attend your friend’s baby shower and bring a gift good enough to sit with the other sophisticated nappy cakes and baby boxes.

Thankfully, I have gone to enough baby showers to know that a baby gift doesn’t have to be that fancy. It’s the thought and functionality that counts. As long as the parents and baby can use it, then they’re happy.

Still no idea what to get and the baby shower is in a few days? Here are some last-minute ideas to help you in choosing baby gifts:

  1. A nursery book – even if the baby can’t read yet, you can help him or her start to build his or her little own library as early as now. Pick some of your favourites that mommy and daddy will like reading to their little one.
  1. A spa gift certificate – give both mom and dad the much needed relaxation they needed after many stressful nights of looking after the baby. You can buy these gift certificates at the spa and select what kind of pampering you’d like to include whether it’s a spa pedicure or a full body massage.
  1. A wall sticker set – this can come in handy if both parents are still starting out with decorating their little one’s room. A wall sticker set is inexpensive, easy to apply, and instantly adds life to a room.
  1. A hand print and footprint kit – a way to immortalise the baby’s once small feet and hands is with a hand print and foot print kit. Both mom and dad are going to love this unique gift that allows them to frame memories of their little one.
  1. A rag doll – Make sure to give her a girl rag doll if it’s a girl and a boy rag doll if it’s a boy. The parents are going to love that you got baby something to play with as he or she grows.
  1. A framed birth date print – this is very easy gift that you can do at home. All you need is a frame and a little bit of creativity. Put together details of baby’s birth like date, time, and location. Use funky fonts and put it on a frame.
  1. A baby keepsake album – new parents are always keen to capturing baby’s first moments whether it’s his first walk, first smile, or first word. Help them create those memories with a keepsake album. Make sure it’s one that is specially made for baby’s moments.
  1. A pajama set – a comfortable pajama set is going to help keep baby feel comfortable at night thus helping mommy and daddy get their much needed Zzzs. Although it probably might not make much of a difference since babies often cry but hey, at least he or she will look cute doing it! And more clothes are always welcome considering how babies grow very fast.
  1. A building block set – it could be the alphabet or just the letters that spell out baby’s name. Mom and dad will appreciate you took the time to pick a personalised gift for baby.

See? It’s pretty easy. All you need is to take a quick stroll at the baby section of the department store and think what your expectant friends would like. Pick one appropriate for the baby’s gender and that’s it!

In Conclusion

You’re ready to attend the shower without worrying what the other snobby aunts will think. Have any other gift ideas for us clueless aunts? Let us know in the comments.

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Top 5 Ideas to Choose Stylish Bunk Beds for Your Kid’s Room

In this growing world, every mom are very serious about their kid’s growth therefor, they are giving best facilities to them. Here I am trying to provide you information about bunk beds which are most favorable in kids.

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Bunk bed is that piece of furniture that consist of two beds one above the other that form a unit. Kids would like and  love to have a place to help them grow in a playful space, but sometimes, space issues can interfere with your plans. This is the time when you should consider a bunk bed for your kid’s room for utilizing small spaces to the maximum. An awesome bunk bed can accommodate your children in a stylish, playful or intriguing atmosphere.

Make your kids room to look like fabulous like fairytale. Every kid has different desires and dreams and that’s why you should find the best solution for the kid’s room which also needs to be practical and functional. Before planning to play social games in the room, you need to specify the place where the items will be disposed of after playing. The set can only keep things that have own place. If the tray is full, you need to remove all the less necessary items.

Select Right Bunk Beds for Your Kid’s Room

If you have children, I’m sure you understand the importance that good sleep plays in their development. As children, sleep is when their bodies grow and heal. Sleeping is also a great chance for your child’s body to recover the expended energy they use whilst running around. Choose the perfect bunk beds for your children’s which assured our children sleep well and also save a lot of your kid’s room place.

Bunk beds are great for the kids’ room. They’re space-efficient and fun for the kids but selecting the right type, size and design is not as easy as it may seem. A bunk bed has to be safe, durable and the kids have to like it, the past being the most difficult of all sometimes. So how do you choose the right bunk bed for your kids? These tips might help.

1. First, measure the room.

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Before you start looking at cute and unique bunk bed designs, measure the room and decide where you want to place it. The measurements can then help you decide which type of bunk bed would be the best choice and you’ll also know what size to look for so it fit properly in the room. Keep in mind that the beds will also have accessories such as ladders or stairs.

2. Select Bunk Bed

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Depending on the space available, the child’s needs and overall design of the room, you should be able to choose the perfect and awesome design bed which give elegant and classy look to for your kid’s room.

3. Important Feature

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Bunk beds having different designs emphasize different features. Determine which ones are important in your case and look designs that include them. For example, you may want the bed to include a large desk or to have large storage space.

4. According to Your Children’s Age

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Depending on how old your kids are, you may want the bunk beds to feature extra safety features. Whoever gets the top bunk should be the oldest as kid can have difficulties getting up and down the ladders. If you have toddles, consider a low-profile bunk bed.

5.Make Sure It’s Durability

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Kids are little and weak as compared to us but they’re not always gentle. And you definitely want the furniture in their room to be sturdy and durable so check these features before you buy a bunk bed. Give it a good shake and see what happens.

No doubt, your child’s bedroom is the place where they prefer to play also; having our children plays in their rooms means you can monitor and control their environment for safety. Because of these facts we also want to make sure that the bed is safe and child friendly, as well as comfortable. We need to encourage children to stay in the safe environment

In market there is a lot of bunk bed design available and you face complexity in the selection of bunk bed for your kid’s room, but by following the above steps you can the best one easily. I know when I was a child myself, my bunk bed doubled up as a toy, as I would often use my imagination and creativity to pretend we were on boats, planes, trucks and many other fascinating things. The bunk bed is a perfect choice for kid friendly environments. You can also choose your bunk bed from online branded furniture store like woodlers which offer a lot of design in bunk beds design from contemporary to modern and traditional at affordable prices.

I hope this article has given you some insight into the benefits of buying and selecting your child bunk bed which add elegant and awesome design to your kid’s room.

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The Perks of A Jungle Gym Include Fit And Happy Kids

Are your children bored? Do they need something to do to help them pass the time while still getting valuable exercise? Do you want them out of the house and enjoying the crisp autumn air? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need a jungle gym to keep your children busy. The autumn months are glorious and there is plenty of rest and relaxation for most, but kids can’t sit still for five minutes. As parents, you have to give them something to do. They need to be outside playing and having a fun time and there is no better way to spend a day than on a playground system in their own backyard.

Do you want to give your kids another opportunity to exercise and get them out from in front of the computer? You’re not alone; many parents want the electronics off and they’d like to see their kids out playing in the fresh air and sunshine. The best part about buying quality jungle gyms is that you can build on to them — they are totally customizable. You can connect buildings or get creative and build sets with sports equipment. If your children are older and need more than just monkey bars and swings to keep their interest, then try installing a basketball net or outdoor basketball system alongside the regular jungle gym fare. This will allow the whole family to play together. What a great way to have fun and burn calories at the same time.

With more than 30% of North America’s kid being obese, parents need to step up to the plate. It’s time to take your children’s health matters into your own hands. The fall months should be fun times, and thanks to the customizable jungle gyms from Play Rainbow, the options are endless and you can find something that is perfect for your family and their needs. Whether your children are young and need slides and bars, or whether they are older and require strong wooden sets or a fun basketball net, there is something for everyone. Find out how you can increase your families fitness levels and have a ball with your children, too.

Did you know that sitting in front of a computer screen will only burn off about 20-30 calories in an hour? However, active play will burn off nearly 200. The childhood obesity epidemic is out of control and it is because children have more inside activities than outside choices. Don’t allow your children to set inside all day long watching television and playing video games, make them get outside and experience Mother Nature. A new jungle gym system from the GTA’s Play Rainbow can bring fun for the whole family. With the best varieties of indoor and outdoor jungle gyms and the best selection of basketball equipment in Ontario available for purchase right now, you can help increase the health and happiness of your kids today.

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