Life

Marvelous Tips for Dating In Your 40s

over 40 datingIf you’re in your 40s and single again, you may be wondering whether or not you have made the right choices in life. Perhaps you did, perhaps you didn’t, but let’s face it: the past is something that cannot be changed. So, there’s no point regretting over what has been done, and better to focus on moving ahead in your life.

You can still find the right person for yourself, joining online dating site Maturedatinguk.com and while it can be hard for you, once you find ‘the one’ it’s likely that you will stay in that relationship for the rest of your life. Now, isn’t that something good to look forward to? Indeed it is! Below we have discussed some effective tips that will help you date in your 40s:

Be Happy With Yourself

You can hit the gym, shed some pounds and buy new clothes to create a new and different you, but is it really worth it? Don’t get us wrong here, being healthy and looking good can definitely separate you from the crowd. However, there really isn’t any point of doing so if you don’t stick to it. If you believe you can’t, you’re much better off sticking to what you already know and being happy with it. Once you’re able to embrace who you really are, you’ll be able to gather the confidence required to succeed in today’s dating scene.

Accept The Chemistry

If you’ve ever met someone and felt that instant attraction, you might be asking “what are pheromones?”. They might not be what you thought was your “usual type” but sometimes that’s for the best. If the attraction is there, see where it goes, even if you’re stepping out of your comfort zone.

Leave Your Baggage at the Door

If you still live in the past, nobody would like to start a relationship with you. While you might share some similar experiences (such as health issues or a failed marriage) if you are looking for someone your age, bonding on negative issues won’t get you anywhere. In much the same way, you should also leave behind the anger you have for your ex.  Assuming that the person you’re dating has hidden motives will only result in another relationship wreck. Relationships thrive on trust, so trust yourself and the person you’re dating.

Know What You’re Looking For

You’re in your 40s now, so forget about what you used to think about when you were in your 20s, and be a bit more realistic. Everyone wants their perfect match (who doesn’t?), but guess what? Most of them are still looking. If you really want a meaningful and lasting relationship, it’s about time you get rid of your list of ‘must-haves’ and replace it with some consideration of how a potential partner will make you feel and treat you.

Take it Slow

Lastly, you should take things slow. There’s no need to jump into a new relationship immediately after you have gone through a failed one. You’re looking for the right person, not the right now person to give you something you cannot provide yourself: companionship. Therefore, make sure you don’t rush into a relationship if you believe there was no honesty, sincerity and not to mention chemistry in the first dates.

Health

The Importance of Eye Health

As a diabetic, eye health is something that is really important to me. Type 2 diabetes can have a detrimental effect on eye health and eyesight, which means that getting regular eye tests is not only vital to keeping my eyes in tip-tip condition but is also a requirement of me, as a driver. Vision Express has teamed up with Road Haulage Association (RHA) and road safety charity, Brake for Road Safety Week and have come up with the ‘EyeTestsSaveLives’ campaign to raise awareness of the fact that that 1 in 4 drivers are risking their licence by not going for regular eye tests. Take a look at the following video:

Now that we’ve moved out of town, I spend a LOT more time on the road, doing two 40-minute school runs each day, as well as taking Husband to the gym, Sausage to St. Johns Ambulance and all of the other various errands that I run in a week. It’s genuinely scary to think that there are other drivers on the road who cannot see well enough to remain safe. A lot of the roads around our village are completely unlit, which makes it even more dangerous if a drivers’ vision is impaired.

According to the research done by Brake:

· Five million drivers (14%) acknowledge driving with less than perfect vision

· Crash risk is proven to be heightened by poor vision

· Road crashes caused by poor driver vision are estimated to cause 2,900 casualties and cost £33 million in the UK per year

· One in five drivers has avoided visiting an optician, even when they’ve noticed a problem with their vision

· One in eight admitted to driving without their glasses or lenses in the past 12 months

The research also states that 4% – the equivalent of more than 1.5 million UK drivers, have confessed to never having their eyes tested.

What’s your opinion on all of this? Are you fastidious about your vision and eye health or are you one of the people who’ve avoided an eye test for years? Do you find it startling how many people there are on the roads who can’t see properly? Leave me a comment below to let me know.

Family · Lifestyle

The UK’s Most Expensive Neighbourhoods

Living in the South East of England can be an expensive business; our proximity to London means that house prices and rents are still very high and that expensive perimeter around the capital is only increasing with improved high-speed travel. In the area we previously lived, we saw house prices steadily creeping up to the point that, when it came to moving house, we decided that enough was enough and moved to a less expensive area.

Property Rescue has created an infographic, showing the top ten most expensive places to live in the UK and I was COMPLETELY unsurprised to see that 90% of them are in London! Here’s the full list:

According to their research:

“The East of England continually sees the biggest growths in house prices with homes worth 8.4 per cent more than last year, seeing the average price of the likes of Chelsea, Notting Hill, and West Brompton comfortably sit above £1million.

London property averages at almost £500,000 but sitting top of the list is Kensington, where residences are worth an average £1.74million. Such is its regard, the area includes a street which is home to the ambassadors of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Finland just to name a few.

Located in the west of London, surrounded by other affluent areas including Notting Hill, Knightsbridge, and Chelsea, the area includes a wealth of London’s premiere hotspots including the Natural History Museum, the Royal College of Art, and the Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Palace.

The list is entirely made up of London locations, with neighbourhoods in Kent and Hertfordshire missing out, whilst the quiet commuter town of Virginia Water, Surrey is the only area outside London which makes the list.”

The saddest part about the list is that so many of the areas which have now been gentrified were once areas which were homes to average working people, people who would have absolutely no hope of living there ever again. It reminds me of the episode of Only Fools and Horses where Uncle Albert tries to go back to Tobacco Road where he grew up and finds it full of million-pound Docklands apartments and penthouses.

Do you live in an area which has become unaffordable over the years? Do you think it’s a good thing when older areas are regenerated or are you, like me, sad that working class people are being driven out of their home towns? Leave me a comment below as I’d love to hear what you think about it all.

Kids

Encouraging Acceptance of Others

Acceptance

Acceptance of others is something that is SO important to Husband and I and is firmly at the core of how we parent the girls. We encourage them to see past colour, creed, ability and everything else that makes people different, so when VTech asked us to share this info, I was more than happy to do so:

Children are being brought up in increasingly multi-cultural societies. The globalisation of family life means that, more than any other time, children are being exposed to people from different countries, cultures, religions, ethnicities and abilities. Helping your child to tolerate and accept difference is an important part of parenting in the 21st century.

While children thrive on novelty (they love to play with new toys, see new things, go to new places) they also learn a great deal from the comfort and predictability of familiarity. Children are far more open minded than adults (they’ve had less time to learn bad habits!) so it is important that we help our children to understand difference while their brains are still malleable enough to take in new information.

Pre-school children learn through watching and imitating. They will repeat what they have heard from home and will adopt their parents views very quickly. That’s why it is so important that parents act in the way they would like their child to. If you are a tolerant, curious and open minded person then your child is more likely to be too. Pre-school children are full of “why?” questions. Often these questions will be about why someone looks different or does something different. Answer these questions honestly and if you don’t know the answer or you’re a bit flummoxed then it’s absolutely fine to say “you know what, I don’t know. I’ll have a think about it and then we can chat about it more, later on this afternoon”.

Being the same as someone is comforting to a little child. Help your child to understand that although someone might look different, talk differently, dress differently or just do things differently, there are still a lot of similarities. Encourage your child to spend time with a wide variety of people so that they can build up their confidence. Children can also learn about difference by playing with a variety of toys. The VTech Toot-Toot friends for example are a mix of boys and girls, all of whom have different strengths. While playing with all of these characters, children learn what it feels like to be each one and empathise with them. Children will then transfer this experience into their day to day interactions with others.

As children’s brains grow, they become more aware that others can have different views and ideas about things and this can be quite frightening for a child. Most children will naturally steer their way through these feelings by experiencing situations where they learn to negotiate, take turns, compromise and communicate. All of these skills are essential for forming friendships throughout life and they also contribute to a child’s sense of belief in themselves and their abilities.

Children have a strong need to fit in, to be a part of a peer group and to be accepted. This need increases throughout childhood and reaches its peak in adolescence. When they are young, children try to fit in by being like other children- they may want to dress like them, talk like them or do the same things as them. As a parent you need to acknowledge this need to be like others in order to fit in, but also help your child to understand that they are loved and accepted for who they are, as someone unique. Use story books or TV programmes to start conversations with your child about differences and similarities and how it is important to accept yourself. Embrace your child’s individuality – just because you think pink spots and red stripes don’t go together, it doesn’t mean your child does. Let them explore and experiment – then they will grow up to be more in tune and more accepting of who they really are.

Angharad Rudkin has teamed up with VTech to support the launch of its new fun and interactive range, Toot-Toot Friends. For more information please visit www.vtech.co.uk

Health

10 Healthcare Apps That Can Make Your Life Easier

Mobile technology has changed most aspects of our lives. Millions of people own smartphones and other mobile devices. All of these devices let users install mobile apps, with healthcare apps among the most important and popular. These are 10 healthcare apps that can make your life easier.

1. WebMD

The WebMD app is a comprehensive healthcare app that gives its user access to a wide range of health related information and tools. Some of its key features include the following:

  • WebMD Symptom Checker
  • Conditions
  • Drugs & Treatments
  • Pill Identification Tool
  • First Aid Essentials
  • Local Health Listings

The WebMD app has an easy-to-use interface. As well as this, users can customize many of the features above, making it an extremely powerful healthcare app.

2. Doctor On Demand

Doctor On Demand is an example of one of the many web based care agencies that have changed the way many people interact with a range of different medical professionals. This app lets you have a video visit with one of many screened health professionals. This means you can get a diagnosis without having to leave your home. Each visit normally costs $40.

It’s the perfect way to get advice from your doctor about many common health issues. The fact that you can do it through your mobile device, means you don’t have to travel or queue to see your local physician, pediatrician or other health professional.

3. MedScape

The MedScape app is one of the most popular healthcare apps available. It’s used by a wide range of health professionals including physicians, nurses, medical students and other individuals who want a reliable healthcare resource.

This app has a wide range of useful features. It’s most useful features include its medical news updates, drug information and tools, disease and condition information, medical calculators, drug formulary information and medical courses information.

4. Health Tap

Sometimes it’s difficult to visit your doctor. The Health Tap is designed to give users access to doctors 24/7. Simply open the app and connect with one of over 70,000 doctors who are available to help you through your mobile device.

As well as providing live virtual consultations, the Health Tap app also features actionable check lists, daily health tips, personalized feeds and much more.

5. Learn First Aid

Learning First Aid has saved many people’s lives. However, many individuals are unaware of what’s involved. The Learn First Aid apps is designed for these people.

It’s an easy-to-use app that shows users how to deal with the following:

  • Severe bleeding
  • Heart attacks
  • Electric shock
  • Bullet wounds
  • How to do CPR
  • Stab wounds
  • Falls
  • Eye wounds
  • Swelling
  • Choking
  • Burns

6. BMI Calculator

The BMI Calculator app is the perfect tool to help you reach your ideal weight. This healthcare app has four tools to help you achieve your weight goals. These four tools include the following

  • Body Mass Index
  • Daily Calories Intake Calculator
  • Body Fat Percentage
  • Waist to Height Ratio

This app is suitable for all genders and age groups. It allows for metric and imperial calculations.

7. Blood Pressure

The Blood Pressure app works alongside a blood pressure gauge to record your blood pressure details. Once you obtain your blood pressure reading from the blood pressure gauge, these readings can be stored and analyzed, thanks to a range of useful features on this app.

The Blood Pressure app has an easy-to-use interface. Once you have stored your details, you can create various reports and even send this information to your doctor for further examination.

8. Ask a Doctor

As the name suggests, Ask a Doctor gives you the opportunity to contact doctors about a wide range of health issues. Over 15000 doctors worldwide are available to deal with your inquiry. To get help through this app, simply ask questions, upload your reports or send images of your health issue.

9. IGEA Software

If you’re a home health provider, the IGEA Software app is a great choice.  It’s one of the few home health billing software options that comes with an app that you can utilize from a tablet or smartphone, and enables users to bill Medicare and other insurance companies through an easy to use dashboard.  It can also help with scheduling and time management, and help you to update medical records electronically.

10. Health Log

It’s important to keep track of your health, especially if you have certain conditions that need to be monitored or checked regularly. Health Log is designed to record a wide range of health issues including allergies, anxiety, headaches and much more. Once this information is stored, the app allows you to view it in different reports and graphs for easier analysis and viewing.

Mobile apps are important health related recourse for all mobile device users. The ten apps above will help make your life and the life of your family members much easier.