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Alternatives to Toys for Christmas

I don’t know about you, but sometimes it feels like we’re drowning in toys. Sausage is older now, so her interests are changing but Sausage is still firmly in the “circle every toy in the Christmas cataogue” stage. This year, I’ve been trying to think of things that they would love for Christmas which won’t take up much (if any) space in the house, and I’ve had some decent ideas so far, which I thought I’d share with you today:

Swimming Lessons

BB has a pool at her school, but it’s outdoor which means they only swim between Easter and October and the rest of the year they don’t use the pool at all. I was thinking that BB would probably love to have swimming lessons and that her grandparents could club together and pay for her to have lessons for a year. There are some Seriously Fun swimming lessons for babies and children out there and I think it would make a great gift.

Zoo Experience

A couple of years back, Husband arranged for me to go to Wingham Wildlife park to have an up-close experience with the raccoons and coatis and it was genuinely one of the best presents I’ve ever received. I’ve been in love with raccoons for years and getting to feed them was just phenomenal. Both of our girls are animal mad and I think they’d be just as thrilled with a keeper experience as part of their Christmas present.

Subscription Box

One of the (very small) things that bugs me about Christmas is that you spend silly amounts of time and money buying specially selected gifts and by January, a lot of it has been used up or forgotten. A subscription box would last all year long, giving monthly surprises and you can get lots of different types, to suit every kid. Some of them even have experiements inside, making them low-key educational without the kids even realising that they’re learning as they go!

Magazine Subscription

Like a subscription box, a magazine subscription is the gift that keeps on giving. BB is a MASSIVE fan of magazines (usually for the plastic rubbish attached to the front!) but I think she’d be so happy to get her favourite magazine in the post every month. Magazines are also good because they help to give kids in interest in reading. Sausage is old enough to enjoy a much wider array of magazines now, too, like nature photography, crafting, colouring and even music.

Vouchers

My kids are both at an age now where they love getting cash or vouchers for Christmas and birthdays because it means that they can go to the shops and choose stuff for themselves. Sausage even has her own contactless debit card now, and she LOVES having mney in her account so she can use her card. There are a few shops that the kids love, where they can buy things like books and stationery so getting them vouchers would definitely be a hit – plus, I don’t mind finding space for books!

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Engagement Ring Trends 2019

It’s never easy choosing the right engagement ring. But considering that the ring is going to bring so many wonderful changes to your life, you cannot afford to choose the wrong one. Some prefer rings with many carats, while some seek rings symbolic of their partner’s personality.

But Tacori at Whiteflash can offer you the perfect balance; a beautifully handcrafted symbol of your union. Whiteflash understands what makes the perfect ring. They are a leading retailer in many of the engagement ring trends dominating 2019. Do you want the right ring for your partner? Check out the year’s most prominent rings.

Pear-Shaped Rings

The diamond of today is not necessarily round. Over 2019, future spouses have developed a taste for the peculiar, with the pear being a prominent shape. Several notable celebrities have been spotted flashing pear-shaped rings. Typically coming in 58 facets, this diamond ring has an oceanic feel to it. It is also referred to as a teardrop diamond owing to the shape. The shape suggests a bold and confident wearer and offers further glamor among other jewellery accessories, such as necklaces and earrings.

Three-Stone Rings

The three-stone ring has been reigning supreme, thanks in part to the ring being Prince’s Harry’s choice when popping the question to Meghan Markle. A three-stone gem typically offers a center gem with two smaller stones on either side, symbolizing a couple’s past, present and future. Contemporary trends have seen the three-stone ring take on a few upgrades, such as fancy-shaped diamonds and glistening gemstones.

Yellow Gold Rings

Meghan Markle’s engagement ring was also a yellow gold ring, which helped to support its popularity. A traditional ring model, yellow gold is said to symbolize compatibility and fidelity. If you’re hoping for a vintage-style ceremony with a timeless feel, then a yellow gold ring will complement that aesthetic.

Pavé / Halo Rings

The pavé ring is unique for being lined with diamonds around the ring. The pavé setting comes with an extra sparkle emanating from the gemstones that mean you don’t see the metal of the setting, creating a smooth, unbroken diamond surface. They have also boosted the popularity of halo rings with the encrusted design emphasizing the glistening rock covering that finger. In addition, the halo ring may also use a visual twist displaying small gemstones around the entire wedding band.

Vintage Rings

For the traditionalists out there, vintage rings could be just what you need. Perhaps you are looking for an Edwardian-style ring where the discovery of platinum allowed for an airier design. Or maybe you would prefer a Victorian-style ring that offered intricate motifs, such as entwined hearts and a design that emphasises the diamond. Or perhaps a retro ring from the early 20th century that is quite inventive with its daring display of gemstones. What better way to start a life together than with a style that has resonated over the ages?

Starting a new life together is about finding a way to mark the occasion, celebrating what has come before and preparing for all the good things still to come. But you need a special ring to mark the occasion, a ring that symbolizes and seals the bond between you. And these are the rings that could help you take your love to the next level.

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Top Tips For Getting Fit After An Injury

It can often feel like coming back from an injury is like starting scratch. Your body can be stiff from not being used, and you may feel like all your pre-injury fitness was all for nothing. Many people are eager to get back up to their original fitness and get back into the swing of things as quickly as possible, however, it’s not always about how quickly you can do it, it’s more about how successfully you can. You need to listen to your body and avoid feeling any pain, this is not a good sign and can mean you’re overdoing it and causing more damage than good repair. 

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No matter what kind of injury you’ve experienced, whether it’s major surgery, a sprained ankle, from an accident or a simple muscle strain, you may sometimes need the help of professionals who are specialist in helping serious injury victims get back on their feet.  

Have a look below at some of the ways you can help work towards getting fit again after an injury: 

Stretch

It’s essential that you focus on stretching while you’re recovering from any injury, at times if you require immobilisation you will need to seek professional help in order to understand what stretching you can complete. If you have a doubt on how to choose the right equipment for those activities click here for more info.Unfortunately, immobilisation can lead to static muscles that become stiff and this can make it extremely difficult to recover quickly. Rather than allowing your muscles to break down and lose all their strength speak to your doctor about introducing some stretching exercises into your recovery process. Stretching will allow your injured muscles to stay fit and can sometimes ease you into starting activities again once your recovery is complete.

Take It Easy

When the time comes and you’re ready to get moving again, a good way to proceed is to do around twenty per cent less than you feel like you can do. If you’ve been out of action for a long time, you may even want to cut it down even more than that. You need to realise that even if you could run five miles before the injury without breaking a sweat, your body is not going to be at the same standards and therefore you will find it harder. You need to take your time and ease back into it. If you don’t you could risk seriously damaging the injured area and living with a lifelong problem that could of being avoided. You’re told be professionals to ease into things for a reason. 

Don’t Do Nothing

On the other hand, doing nothing at all isn’t what your body needs either. How can you expect to recover if you don’t work through it? You should aim to find a happy medium and then work your way up from there. Notice if you have any pain and adjust your workouts to suit. If you need to complete pain-free exercises that also strengthen the affect areas speak to your doctor, personal trainer or physical therapist. Starting with activities such as a gentle walk can be one of the best ways to get started and ease back into activity. Swimming is another great choice because it offers buoyancy and it can take a lot of pressure off of injured tissue and sore muscles. You can, if you’re careful, do some strength training with very light weights. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you listen to your body and take lots of breaks. Pain means you should stop immediately. Over time, you’ll see growth and be able to do more and more activities. 

Ice And Heat

This will depend entirely on what your doctor recommends. However, ice and heat can be very useful when recovering from an injury. Ice can help to prevent muscle soreness after working out and can also reduce any swelling that occurs. It’s also a great way to ease the pain. Heat can sometimes be more beneficial for older injuries, depending completely on what they are. Just keep your doctor informed and they will be able to advise you on which is best. While a hot-water bottle and ice are great, not handling them properly may lead to worsening the injury. That is why it is handy to have a massage ball with hot and cold inserts. The rollerball can be used as a deep tissue massager that is improved with hot or cold treatment to help relieve pain, inflammation, or loosen muscles.  

Talk To Your Trainer Regularly

One of the best things you can do after an injury is to build up a good working relationship with a trainer. It not only helps you to get back into the swing of things but it also means they can build an understanding of what help you’re going to need. Not only this having a trainer to work with could give you really good motivation. 

These are only a few tips to get you started on your way to recovery. Do you have any tips or advice that you can share in the comments section?

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Getting the Best Broadband Deals for You Right Now

Getting the Best Broadband Deals for You Right Now
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You have to look at what you can do to save money and get the best possible outcome from the decisions you make. This means you are going to have to think about what you can do to get the best broadband deals, and there are a lot of things that will help you to achieve this. Make sure you focus on the right choices that will improve your broadband usage right now.

There are so many factors that can help you make the most of the broadband you are using, and getting this right is crucial. Now, when you are choosing a modern broadband package, there are a lot of factors that you are going to need to get right, and this is important to keep in mind right now. Here are some of the best ideas you need to use to get the perfect deal for your broadband today.

What Deals are Available?

The first thing to look at is what deals are available when it comes to choosing broadband options. This is something you have to make sure you get right moving forward and there are a lot of things that play a part in this. Getting the right deals can help you to save money, as well as making sure you have the best possible broadband connection. This can be essential for improving your broadband usage and making your life easier in the process as well.

No Contract Broadband

There are a lot of factors that play a part in helping you to find the right sort of broadband, and the best thing you can do is to look at no contract broadband deals. These are an increasingly popular form of modern broadband deals, and an excellent way of being able to get the broadband you want without having to enter into lengthy and potentially expensive contracts. No contract broadband is broadband that has a rolling contract of 30 days, and this is something to think about.

Choose the Right Provider

If you can choose the right provider you are going to be able to fix so many issues and ensure that you have the perfect broadband deals for you moving forward. This is something you need to make sure you get right, and there are so many great things you can do that will help you with this. Looking for the best broadband providers is important, and there are a lot of things you can do that will help you when it comes to finding the perfect supplier. Consider what they have to offer you, and what you need to look for when it comes to broadband providers.

Making the most of the broadband choices that are available on the market is something that is really important for the future. You need to make sure you are doing what you can to find the right deals for the future. There are so many factors that you need to consider when it comes to making the most of this. Think about what you can do to achieve this, and work toward making sure you get the best possible broadband deal moving forward.

Money

Easy Ways to Get your Kids More Interested in Saving

Easy Ways to Get your Kids More Interested in SavingAs parents, we need to teach our children many life lessons. One of which is how to handle money. Teaching your kids how to budget and save for their future will make a huge difference in their lives. They are far less likely to end up burdening themselves with debt. There are lots of ways to teach your children to be good savers, but these are some of my favourites.

Open a junior ISA for them

Opening a junior ISA from Wealthify, or a similar provider is a good idea for most families. The cash in these accounts is not available to your child until they are 18. Although from the age of 16 they can play a role in managing their ISA accounts.

Eighteen is a good age for a child to be given a lump sum. At that age, they are likely to be preparing to learn to drive, go on to further education or thinking about moving out of your home. Having some cash saved up for them in an ISA will enable them to do all of this without having to get into debt.

Get them an old-fashioned piggy bank

Old school piggy banks are still popular because kids love them. Giving them physical pocket money and encouraging them to put some of it into one is a great way for them to get the saving bug at a really young age. Even a toddler can understand that the bigger the pile of coins is the more of what they really want they can buy. So, as soon as it is safe to do so, get each of your children a piggy bank.

Open a full bank account for them

The next step is to open a proper bank account for each of them. At first, you will have to help them to manage it. But, gradually, they will be able to take over the reins. Handling money on a daily basis and getting used to budgeting so that their allowance gets them through the week is all good practice. They can use that bank account to save up for short-term financial goals. For example, holidays or buying something like a new phone or games consul.

Play games that help them to learn about managing money

Kids learn best through play. This YT video provides you with some ideas of how to do that.

Get them to help with the family budget

As soon as they are old enough to do so, get the kids involved with helping you to manage the family budget. Now, I am not suggesting that you burden your children with the full ins and outs of your finances.

But, you can, for example, get them to help you to shop around for the best power deals. Or, to find coupons for the products your family likes to eat. Giving them little tasks like this will really help them to better appreciate the value of money and learn how to save for their future.