Four Top Beauty Tips for Busy Moms

Busy mums who are juggling their career and family find it hard to put their best foot forward. Why? Because it involves looking good, which usually lands at the bottom of their priority list. They lack the extra time and effort to make intentional beauty choices with so much tasks to finish at work and at home. Do you find yourself in a similar situation? Observe these beauty tips to look gorgeous without needing to overhaul your priority list and daily routine.

1) Hydrate yourself. Drinking at least a liter of water a day provides many health and beauty benefits. Apart from giving your energy level a boost and flushing toxins out of your body, drinking a generous amount of water daily will make your skin glow and your eyes shine more brightly. For variety, you can add slices of lemon and cucumber so you can enjoy a healthy dose of Vitamin C without fuss.

2) Whiten your teeth. Okay, hold your horses! Let me just clarify that teeth whitening doesn’t always need regular appointments with a dentist. There are trusty teeth whitening strips you can get over the counter. Apply them before going to bed and remove them as soon as you get up in the morning. You’ll be able to see a significant difference even after a single try. But, you’ll need to use them consistently for a week or two to have pearly teeth.

3)  Get yourself an easy hair do. The best hair length for busy moms is somewhere in between the chin and the shoulders. It’s not that long to be unruly and not that short to be tied back in a pony. You can also ask your stylist to give your hair a sassy cut that you can leave to air-dry after combing. If you’re looking forward to styling a longer hair for a special event, you can simply wear halo hair extensions just like what most celebrities do. Contrary to what most mums think, these accessories are easy to wear and are styled especially for beginners. You’ll be able to find many tips and tutorials on wearing halo hair extensions online. Check out this detailed infographic to learn about the benefits of wearing halos.  4) Have a 10 minute make-up routine. Yes. You read that right. You simply need ten minutes to look polished and classy before you begin your busy day. A mineral powder, a mascara and a lip gloss are all you need to have a fresh look on your busy days. Mineral face powders are great for adding color to your face without clogging the pores. A few coats of mascara can brighten your eyes, while a few coats of gloss can keep your lips moisturized and shiny as you work your way through your daily duties.

Whether you’re a working mum or a stay at home mum, you’ll definitely be short of time. Nonetheless, this shouldn’t be an excuse for you not to take care of yourself and look good. Try the above-mentioned tips and see how it can impact your self-confidence and how your family’s and co-workers’ impression on you.

What to Do When a Family Member Gets Arrested

It’s past midnight, and the police calls to tell you that your loved one has been arrested. What are you going to do? First of all, don’t panic. Stay calm and observe the following guidelines on how to deal appropriately with such an unfortunate situation.

1) Keep yourself from getting arrested too. If you’re able to reach your loved one at the location or scene of the arrest, behave appropriately around the police officers. Control your emotions. Avoid cursing or speaking rudely to the police officers or to anyone who may also be involved at the crime scene.

2) Ask why your loved one is being arrested. Instead of stopping the arrest, ask the police officers politely about the charge or charges against your loved one. Look it up in your state’s penal code and check to see if everything that happened might have been caused simply by a misunderstanding.

3) Ask where your loved one will be taken. Ask the arresting officers where your family member will be jailed. Make a mental note of the things you might need to prepare so you can get him or her out of the jail right away. Read this detailed infographic from Bail Bonds DIRECT for some tips.

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4) Call another family member. Is there a lawyer in the family? You might have another family member or relative who is more well-versed about the law or knows a professional who can bail someone one out. Call him or her right away especially if you don’t have the capacity to get your jailed loved one out.

5) Remind your loved one that anything he says or does can be used against him or her. Your loved one’s every movement is monitored closely once he or she gets jailed. Remind your family member that any call he or she makes from the jail might be recorded. Therefore, discussion or sharing of any information that can be used against him or her must be avoided.

The above-mentioned guidelines intend to provide an overview of what you must do in case a family member or loved one gets arrested. They can help you remain calm and organized in such a situation. However, they should not be considered as a replacement for legal advice or service from a lawyer.

Cleaning Tips for Those Who Love To Cook

If you love to cook, you probably have a messy kitchen. This is quite a challenge to many people who do home cooking all the time. While this might seem like a very difficult challenge to overcome, there are many things you can do to achieve a clean and organized kitchen. Read up.

Clean your counter top right away. Remove the chaff and other peelings from your counter tops as soon as you’re done slicing. This is the best way to keep trash from piling up and from making your cooking area a total mess. you need to be intentional in keeping your kitchen clean all the time.

Clean the sink. Cleaning the sink is one of the many things you can do while waiting for your dishes to be ready for serving. Rinse your sink as soon as you’re done using it as acid and salt from food can easily damage your sink. You can avoid grime and bacteria build-ups through regular scrubbing of your sink.

Clean your kitchen appliances smartly. It’s tempting to leave blenders, food processors and ovens unclean because they can be hard to clean sometimes. Instead of scrubbing the blades of your blenders and food processors, fill it warm water and a drop of dish washing liquid in it and turn it to high. Afterwards, rinse it with water. This will keep the food residues from caking inside your food processor. As for your oven, you must consider cleaning it right away as well. Soak the wire racks in soapy water. Create a cleansing paste using baking soda and water. Apply the paste on the insides of your oven and leave it that way overnight. Wipe it off the next day. Then, sprinkle vinegar on the insides of the oven. This will remove traces of bad odor left in your oven. Finally, wipe all the areas clean with damp cloth.

Best Ways to Be on Top of Your Mail Mess

Do you feel overwhelmed by the constant overflow of letters, bills, and junk mail in your mailbox? Yes? Don’t feel defeated though. Be ready to be triumphant over your mail mess by following these tips.

Get rid of junk mail right away. Junk mail is usually comprised of printed ads which are inserted directly into your mailbox or handed to you when you’re outdoors. Instead of bringing your junk mail home, toss it into the first trash bin you’ll pass by.

Check on your mailbox  regularly. It is best to set a time for this than wait for the time when your mailbox or mail holder is full. Make sure that your mail holder is accessible and easily seen so that you can’t forget about tidying it up.

Sort your mail. Divide your mail into three sections – ‘things that require action’, ‘things to file’ and ‘things to trash’. Open  each mail and classify it according to the three labels you created. Prioritize your action items. Pay your bills right,  respond to letters and call or meet whomever you need to call or meet. By taking immediate action, you lessen the possibility of accumulating mail mess.

Go digital.  Consider going digital with your bills and subscriptions. Many engage in paperless payments as well; why don’t you try it?  This can eliminate a big part, if not half, of your mail. This will allow you to save time as well.mailbox overflow

Why Kids Need Friends or Frienships

kidsBelieve it or not, kids needs friends not only for fun or play. They need friends in order to grow up as well-rounded individuals. In fact, many studies in the field of child psychology have proven this. Here are some truths which have been derived from these studies.

1) Creating friendships develops life skills that will increase your child’s wisdom, confidence and self-esteem.

2) Children will learn the meaning of true friendship. They will learn that a good friend will have their best interests at heart and have their back. Someone who is not your friend will not have these qualities.

3) They will learn how to deal with conflict and adversity. Conflict does arise among friends and as parents you will find perfect opportunities to teach your children how to navigate through conflict.

4) They will have peers to communicate their concerns, dreams and fears which will make them feel less alone and isolated.

5) When they become older, they will have childhood memories to fall back on- remembering how joyful it was like to hang out with friends.

6) If you as parents sharply curtail your children’s use of video games, texting and other electronics; children playing together will learn to create interesting, collaborative activities.

7) The children will get a sense of building their own community when they establish new friendships.

8) The opportunity to develop leadership skills increases as children play with other children.

9) The ability to make decisions is increased when children play with peers without micromanaging from adults.

10) The opportunity of playing freely with other children helps them develop their imagination which is important for a child’s development.

11) Playing with a several children will allow them to know how other families operate and they won’t feel shocked when faced with a family situation that is somewhat different from their own.

How to be a Great Mom

A great mom loves her kids unconditionally. She takes care of the family’s needs – physical, emotional and spiritual – without forgetting to spend time with them. She performs a lot of self-sacrificing duties just to prove her love and loyalty to her family.

But, are these the only ways by which you can be a great mom? I don’t think so. Here’s a short list of other things you can do to become a great mom.

Have some me time. Leave your children with their fathers to enjoy some adult interaction with your friends or to relax in the spa. Doing everything to the point of exhaustion will do you and your family no good.

Never aim to be perfect. Striving for perfection will kill you.  Life’s full of surprises and we weren’t created to be perfect no matter how hard we try. Just do your best in everything you do and you will soon receive rewards for your best efforts.

Be Patient. Raising kids is hard work. You will lose your patience once in a while. That’s a given. But you must try to be patient for the benefit of your family. Choose your battles so that you don’t have to have your patience tested most of the time.

Listen to your children. Never assume that we know more than our kids do. Sometimes, it’s the other way around so we must truly listen to what our kids want to share. Also, listening actively to your children makes them feel valued.

Be their mom and not a friend to your kids. It’s good to have an open relationship with your children but be keen to set limits. Listen to your children and respect their opinion but reinstate the fact that you’re their mother – their parent  and so you deserve their loyalty and disobedience. om

The Best Ways to Handle Horses with Different Personality Types

Horses, like humans, have distinctive personalities. Some horses are bold while others are timid, which can be a challenge, specifically if you need to overcome any extremes in their psychological makeup.

The keys to having a good relationship with your horse are mutual respect and trust. Both of which can be achieved by establishing rapport with each other. How do you build rapport? By getting to know your horse’s unique personality through doing a variety of activities together, this will ensure you build a solid bond with him. If you don’t take the time to get to know your horse, all your other efforts will be in vain. Read this detailed infographic from Horseland and discover your horse’s true character.

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Here are some insights on the proper handling of horses with different personalities.

The Eager Beaver – You will seldom go wrong with this type of horse because he will pay attention to your commands and perform well. While it is easy to handle this type of horse, you should still be considerate and sensitive when riding him. This consideration will keep your horse energetic and dependable all the time.

The Sensitive Horse -Support and encouragement are essential to this type of horse. While a sensitive horse is obedient, he won’t be if he’s insecure or scared. Hence, you need to be the person he can have confidence in. Never intimidate a sensitive horse with aggressive action or forceful reprimands. Intimidation will cause him not to trust you.

The Nervous Nellie – This type of horse usually dislikes physical contact or touch, so you need to be extremely alert and patient when working with him. For example, you must gently slide a blanket or a rug on him because sudden motions can make him more anxious. Calm and consistent handling will encourage him to explore beyond his comfort zones.

The Overachiever – Oftentimes pushy because of its great desire to perform well, an overachiever needs a firm hand from its leader. Use a firm hand in guiding and overachiever horse. Guide him consistently about the rules he must follow and ensure you keep him from pushing into your space so that he knows that you’re the one in control.

The Quiet One – You can expect a quiet horse to behave well all the time; because he’s safe to ride, he’s great for beginner riders. Generally kind in nature, the one thing you must never do with this horse is test his patience by treating him badly.

Because every horse is different, you must take the time to observe and understand the personality of each of your horses. Patience is required from you but the time you take to get to know your horse will be well rewarded. The results will be easier training and handling of him because you’ll know what makes him tick.