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What Residence Is Right For You? Tips To Help You Choose

Today’s Residences Have Many Colors

There are a lot of residential options available on the market nowadays. Traditional living is oftentimes the most reliable, sustainable, and secure; but as society has advanced, there are different options today’s homeowners can choose from. Take, for example, the prefabricated unit.

These aren’t likely to return as much value for their expense, but then again, you can source prefabricated residential homes, mobile homes, trailers, and tiny homes at premium prices which make them particularly valuable in their own right. You won’t see much—or likely any–profit if you have to sell, but you’ll certainly get more back than the deposit from a rental situation.

Mobile van-dwelling youths also characterize many independent, traveling citizens today. This is an investment that has next to zero returns in terms of the “property value” itself. Depreciation is harsh on a mobile home. However, opportunity is wide, and one can spend decades bouncing from town to town with the right occupation—like writing, for instance.

One of the most lucrative developments characterizing today is the apartment property which is extremely family friendly. That is: an apartment that is purchased and owned, rather than leased, by the tenant.

Apartment Property

Apartment properties, properly purchased, can be individually customized and later sold for a profit. It just requires finding a property that is trending upwards, and selling at the right time. That said, oftentimes there are apartments that are hard to let go of—they’re the kind of place people decide to live in for the rest of their lives.

All that being said, when it comes to choosing a luxury apartment, there are some tips worth considering. Location, time of build, whether or not the location is trending, access to amenities, and your own comfort in the space are all big things worth considering. You want to be near what’s going on if you’re living downtown!

An example of considerable apartment properties are those at www.eastownla.com, these premiere properties are located right in the center of Hollywood where you’ll find restaurants, shopping centers, entertainment venues, transportation options, and so much more. Everything a family needs.

Traditional Residences

Of course, traditional residences still characterize a large number of long-term living arrangements. And one of the wisest tips you can consider when it comes to living in a suburban home pertains to regular upkeep, maintenance, and upgrade. You should try and do a substantial addition, upgrade, or alteration about every five years.

It doesn’t have to be a big change, just the right change. For example, you might add some decorative statues of some kind at the entrance to the property. Or you might add other exterior alterations which add an idiosyncratic, festive, inviting feel to the home.

Check out this gas lantern from Lantern & Scroll, for example, that feature period reproductions of lighting manufactured in the Carolina and Charleston lantern style. Lanterns like these can add a certain elegance to your property which will play a part in expanding its overall value.

Final Thoughts

No matter what type of residence you settle on, you’ll want to consider upgrading it over time. Sometimes something as simple as the addition of a solar energy system for around $5k can bring $20k in value to your home. Little changes like that can sweeten the sale of your home at the last minute, or save you money on utilities for decades.

As you go about determining your long-term residence, or that which you seek to purchase and sell at a profit, consider upgrading, consider the neighborhood, and consider your own and your family’s needs. After all: you’ll be living there.

How to Store Your Motorcycle Correctly

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There are several reasons why you need to store your motorcycle for an extended period of time. You may be going on a holiday and you will not be using the motorcycle for a while. Winter and the bad road conditions at certain times of the year are also a reason why you may want to keep your motorcycle tucked away in the garage.

Storing your motorcycle for a long period requires some basic preparations. You want to keep the motorcycle protected and well-maintained so that you can use the bike again when the time comes. Here are some of the tips on how to store your motorcycle correctly.

Fill Up the Tank

One of the first preparations to make when you want to store your motorcycle is filling the fuel tank to the brim. After filling the tank, turn on the engine for a few minutes to allow fuel to cycle through the system.

A full tank is the way to go for two reasons. First of all, a full tank leaves no room for gas and other residue to build up inside. You can also add a fuel stabilizer to prevent the fuel from deteriorating inside the tank.

The second reason is engine health. With a full tank, you will be able to start the engine when you want to use the motorcycle again without having to bleed the system or worry about muck clogging the carburettor.

Change the Oil

Another important step to take before you store your motorcycle is changing the engine oil, especially when you have used the current engine oil for more than 1,000 miles. Engine oil deteriorates at a much faster rate than fuel, so it will turn from the golden and clear form to black and mucky faster than you can anticipate.

Replacing the oil filter and doing a quick oil change is great for keeping the engine clean and healthy while the motorcycle is in storage. You can also consider filling up the brake, clutch, and coolant fluids before storage.

There is another approach you can consider, and that is draining the fluids altogether before you store the motorcycle. Many mechanics believe this is the best way to store a motorcycle, but you’ll have to top everything up before the next use. Some additional maintenance steps may also be required before you start the engine again.

Take Care of the Battery

Most motorcycle batteries require minimum to zero maintenance these days. You don’t need to fill the battery compartment with distilled water or recharge the battery regularly to keep it healthy. Before storing your motorcycle for an extended period of time, however, you should disconnect the battery from the rest of the motorcycle and use a trickle charger to keep the battery healthy.

Of course, you can also keep the battery on the motorcycle with some extra steps. You want to minimize the discharge rate by switching off any electronic component on the bike. It is also a good idea to charge motorcycle batteries at least once a month especially with the lightweight motorcycle batteries that have a smaller capacity.

One more thing: apply petroleum jelly to the connectors or battery terminals to prevent rusting. This is a handy trick to use whenever you need to store your motorcycle over the winter.

Preparing the Tyres

For tyres, your best bet is to store the bike with the tyres off the ground. You can use a stand or a temporary jack to lift the entire motorcycle. There is no need for big equipment for this job; you just have to keep the tyres a few inches off the ground, so the weight of the motorcycle and the floor temperature aren’t damaging the tyres.

If lifting the motorcycle is not possible, then fill the tyres with nitrogen until they reach the optimum air volume or pressure. Nitrogen is much better than air because it is more consistent and isn’t as prone to changes in temperature and pressure.

Wax and Dry

Last but not least, do a thorough cleaning and make sure the motorcycle is completely dry before you store it. Any moisture can quickly cause rust, especially during the colder days of winter.

Similar to the battery terminals, you can use petroleum jelly to protect certain areas of the motorcycle from corrosion. WD-40 and other solutions work just as well, especially for protecting things like the exhaust pipes and joints or bolts.

Waxing helps because the wax will also prevent moisture from penetrating the motorcycle. Before you tuck the bike away for an extended period, do a quick wash and wax and you will prevent many common issues from ruining the motorcycle.

Proper Storage

Now that you have completed the necessary steps to prepare the motorcycle for storage, it is time to store the bike properly. Make sure you store it in a dry and warm place if possible. Avoid exposing the motorcycle to the weather directly and invest in a good motorcycle cover for extra protection. Your bike will be ready for you by the time you want to ride again.

Things They Don’t Tell You About Your Post-Baby Body

When I fell pregnant with Sausage, there’s no denying the fact that I wasn’t in the best shape I could have been in; two years of marriage and the “comfort” had set in, with lots of lovely evenings spent together, eating takeaway and watching movies, and it had exactly the effect you#d imagine on my figure. I’d always planned to get in shape before we even considered having another baby, but fast-forward five and a half years and I fell pregnant a LOT quicker than I thought I would after having my implant removed. All of this neglect aside, there are things which happen to your body, post-baby, that a lot of people don’t talk about. Here’s just a few of the things that I’ve had to deal with:

Hair Loss

I’m pretty lucky that I have fairly thick hair to begin with, but after both of my babies the hair loss was shocking. I always lose it from around my hairline which is probably the most annoyingly noticeable place to lose it from, especially as I wear my hair in a ponytail and it can really mess with your confidence. I’m lucky that I didn’t lose enough to have needed to resort to an FUE hair transplant, but it’s something which affects a lot of new mums. 


This one is pretty much a universal truth for anyone who’s had a baby – you WILL pee yourself at some point in the future. I know women who’ve done every Kegel exercise imaginable who still break out in a cold sweat at the thought of going on a trampoline or getting a bad cough, and it’s not something we should be ashamed about, it’s just a fact of biology.

Stretch Marks

Because of things like Instagram and women’s magazines, it would be really easy to think that only us mere mortals get stretchmarks and that they’re something to be ashamed of. The fact of the matter is, some people get them, some people don’t. Celebs have the benefit of photo retouching and professional make-up people to make them look perfect but it’s very rarely a reality.

The Pouch

Obviously, not everyone who has a baby ends up with a pouch (you know , that flap of skin on your belly which just WILL NOT SHIFT not matter how much weight you lose) but it’s incredibly common and a lot of women say that their bodies never look the same again after having a baby, which can be hard to deal with, mentally. It’s taken me a long time to come to terms with the fact that I’ll never have my 22-year old body again, HOWEVER, I’m working hard to improve my new normal.


For ages after having Sausage, I found it really hard to look at my c-section scar because it represented a traumatic time in my life. It was jagged and red and made me feel like a failure for not having given birth naturally. Then Husband told me how grateful he was to that scar, how it represented the fact that a doctor was able to remove Sausage from my body safely while she was being starved of oxygen and save her life. As soon as I started to view my scar differently, it changed my whole view and I now love it.

You’re The One! Easy Ways To Feel Confident Again!

The way that we talk about confidence can often be kind of weird. We talk about it as this “thing” that you either have, or you don’t. As though it’s something that you can just pop to the store a pick it up on your way home from work. In reality, confidence is an incredibly fluid concept, and for a lot of people, it’s something that they struggle with every single day. This can be especially tough for those who might once have been very confident, but something has happened that caused you to lose it. This could be a change in your appearance, having a baby, a bad break-up, or any number of things. No matter what the cause, losing your confidence can be one of the most demoralising things in the world. However, that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing that you can do about it. The truth is that confidence is a skill that can be learned just like any other. It’s not some magic quality that only a select few were born with. The truth is that if you’re willing to put in the time and effort required, you can often find yourself feeling far more confident and open than you ever even thought possible. With that in mind, here are a few simple ways that you can go about getting your confidence back.


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We’ve all heard that old cliche about how smiling actively improves your mood. Whether or not there’s any real evidence to back that up, it is definitely true that smiling has a big impact on the way that people around you perceive you. It’s a simple fact of life that people are more likely to engage with someone who is smiling than someone with a scowl on their face. Smiling is like yawning: it’s infectious. If you walk into a room with a great big smile on your face, then that can have a big impact on the way that everyone in it feels. Of course, there are those who aren’t particularly happy with their smile, in which case you have access to everything from whitening gel to Invisalign that can help you embrace your pearly whites again. Remember, smile and the whole world smiles with you!

Change your style

One of the things that has a serious impact on a lot of people’s confidence is the way that they dress. It can make you feel frumpy, outdated, and boring where you once felt vibrant and exciting. Well, there’s nothing to say that you shouldn’t be able to find a new style that you find a bit more fun and interesting. No matter what stage of life you’re at, you always have the chance to try new things and experiment with your wardrobe a little bit. Whether it’s a subtle change that only you can notice, or something serious drastic like a total wardrobe change or a radically different hairstyle, mixing things up can make a huge difference to how you feel on a day to day basis.

Change your surroundings

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It’s a sad fact of life that there are going to be people around you who don’t want you to feel good about yourself. This could be because they are unhappy with their own lives and want to bring you down to their level, or it could simply be that they’re petty and cruel. However, just because these people are always going to exist doesn’t mean that you need to keep letting them impact your own life. If there are toxic people around you who make you feel worse about yourself, then it’s totally okay to cut those people out of your life. You simply don’t need that kind of negativity, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting to walk away from it in order to feel better about yourself.

Get to know yourself

One of the main reasons why many people end up lacking in confidence, especially when it comes to their physical appearing is because they have a skewed image of themselves in their minds. Of course, there are extreme cases where this can be seriously harmful, but many of us struggle with some form of this distorted perspective on the way that we look. One of the best ways to combat this might also be one of the most unlikely: selfies. One of the best things about selfies is that they allow you to get to know your appearance in a way that you might never have been able to before. They can help you get away from the things that you dislike and focus more on the things that you do like.

Fake it til you make it

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Of course, there’s one simple secret to being confident that most people rely on to get by on a daily basis: fake it! You would honestly be very surprised to see just how many people who seem extremely confident in public are actually a lot more shy and insecure that they let on. The reality is that presenting yourself in a confident way is often a great first step on the road to actual confidence. “Fake it til you make it” might sound like an annoying platitude but it really does have some truth to it. You should treat confidence like a habit. Sure, it’s something that you may have to put a lot of effort into at first, but over time it becomes more and more natural until you’ve spent so long pretending to be confident that you actually become confident in reality as well! This is something that takes time but is absolutely possible for just about everyone.

Of course, doing these things isn’t going to suddenly provide you with endless amounts of confidence that you’ll never lose. The truth is that there are always things that have the potential to knock it back down again. But hopefully, by taking this advice to heart, you’re going to be able to get yourself back up again rather than ending up back at square one.

Family Holiday Bucket List – Sicily

SicilyHusband and I spend a lot of time fantasising about where we’ll visit when we’re able to start taking holidays and one place that we definitely agree upon is Sicily. It’s considered to be a ‘wilder’ version of Italy and there are SO many things about the place that pique our curiosity. We’re planning to rent a villa in Sicily as we think it’ll provide a really good base for us as a family to explore from, and it also gives us the option to have lazy days in our accommodation, or to eat in rather than visiting restaurants for every meal. Here are just five of the reasons we’d love to visit Sicily:

Mount Etna

Obviously, one of the things which springs to mind as soon as most people mention Sicily is Mount Etna, which is an active volcano on the island. It’s possible to climb the mountain and there’s a cable car which takes you to the summit. Once you get there, the views are truly breathtaking and while it’s all very well seeing other people’s photos, it’s a view I’d like to take in with my own eyes.

The History

One of the things that a lot of people don’t realise is the huge amount of Greek history which Sicily has, including one of the best examples of a Greek temple on the planet! Husband and I love a bit of historical sightseeing and would be absolutely in our element wandering around temples for the day.

The Food

Every time I see a plate of Sicilian food, my mouth starts to water involuntarily! From the fresh fish to the cured meats, the pasta, the gelato, the cannoli and other pastries – I could go on, but I don’t want to start drooling on my keyboard! I guarantee I will come back from Sicily having gained a LOT of weight (fortunately there’s a lot of villas in Sicily with a pool, so I could keep some of the weight at bay while I’m there!). 

The Architecture

From what I can gather, the architecture in Sicily is something to take notice of, not least of all because the island has a long history of different cultures using the island as a travelling way-point. Years ago, I read in a book that whenever you’re in a new city, you should look UP at the tops of the buildings because there are often little hidden treasures than so many people miss because they simply never look up, and I reckon Sicily has a lot of these treasures to find.

The Coast

Coming from the South East of England means that I’ve always been fairly close to the coast wherever I’ve lived, and it’s given me a real love of the sea and beach. Sicily’s coastline looks absolutely stunning in every single image I’ve ever seen and I’d love to spend time both on the beaches and travelling the coastline.

Have you ever been to Sicily? Is it a favourite location for holidays for you and your family? Do you have any tips for hidden gems? Do leave me a comment below.

3 Simple Tips for Moving House With Babies & Toddlers

Proudly brought to you by Brisbane’s #1Removalist Platinum Furniture Removals

Months of sleepless nights, tantrums that leave you questioning how such a creature came from your own body, finding inexplicably sticky objects everywhere you go – if you’ve got kids under five, there’s no doubt that these things have made you fairly accustomed to dealing with a certain level of stress.

Now, take those day-to-day dramas and add moving house to the equation – an event that’s been rated more stressful than death and divorce. Feel your cortisol rising yet?

Relocating your home with little kids in tow can be tough, but there are three simple steps you can take to mitigate the stress your family experiences.

1. Maintain Sleeping & Eating Schedules

While your normal schedule might be up in the air from house hunting, packing and time taken off work, it’s important that your kids’ routines stay the same.

Make sure that your kids are sticking to their regular schedule of meals, naps and bedtimes as much as possible before, during and after the big move.

And, while it’s a good idea to get them out of the house on moving day, don’t forget to give your kids an opportunity to say goodbye to their old room before they go. A sudden relocation without any warning can cause a huge sense of loss in young children.

2. Don’t Redecorate Rooms Straight Away
It’s tempting to take a two-birds-one-stone approach to redecorating and moving. After all, why not avoid double handling and just swap out old stuff you no longer want with new items for your new home on the same day?

Kids crave normalcy and having familiar furniture and objects around while they learn the layout of your new home is crucial to reducing their stress.

Young children have a genuine fear of being alone, and this can be heightened if you’re moving into a larger house where it’s more difficult for them to find you when you’re in another room.

If you find your kids getting particularly clingy during the first few weeks at the new house, don’t admonish them. Their anxiety is natural, and it will pass as they get more and more used to their surroundings.

3. Take Care of Yourself
No matter how much you try to hide it, when you’re feeling stressed out your children are bound to pick up on it!

Practicing self-care is particularly vital while moving house. A few pointers for keeping yourself (and your children) emotionally balanced during this time include:

Rely on routine and planning: Help yourself relax by budgeting for your move early (with a financial buffer for unanticipated expenses), making checklists with realistic deadlines and having a backup plan in case things don’t go as expected.

Get support: Seek help from family, friends and even organisations early and often. Whether it’s financial, physical or emotional support you’re after, find out who you can count on to be there for you before you start to feel like you need help.

Be kind to yourself: Remind yourself that you are doing your best. Stop the cycle of continually feeling like you can be doing more by planning out your days in advance and talking about your worries with friends and family.

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How To Pack for a Cruise

Packing for a cruise might seem like packing for any other type of holiday, but actually there are things that you might want to remember which aren’t things you’d usually take away with you. Today, i thought I’d put together a little list to help you if you’re packing for a cruise so that hopefully you get everything in before you set sail!


Many ships have strict dress codes for certain nights or certain areas and there’s nothing worse than boarding and realising you don’t have appropriate attire. Most ships have evenings where formalwear will be required (that’s men’s suits and cocktail dresses for women – take a look at Suits Men), or smart casual which is basically what you’d wear for date night, with no jackets required for men. Take a look at the ship’s dress code ahead of your holiday.

Over the Counter Meds

Things like paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin are usually available to buy on board but usually at a much higher price than you’d pay at home. Take a stash with you to avoid paying a huge premium for basics like this, and they usually take up minimal space in your bag anyway.


Taking chargers for all of your devices is imperative if you don’t want your batteries to run out, and although most of the main brands will be available on board, again, the prices will probably be very high and you don’t want to spend your holiday cash on things that you could have just as easily taken from home.


If you plan to pack a lot of easily-creased items then there’s a good chance you’ll want to hang them up but cruise ship wardrobes are notorious for being scant in the hanger department. If you’ve a bit of space in your case, chuck in a few extra plastic hangers so that you don’t look crumpled or have to spend the entirety of your cruise ironing things!

Think About What You DON’T Need to Pack

You’ll still have a baggage limit on a cruise, so thinking about what you don’t need to pack is just as important. On many ships, the bathrooms will already have basics like soap, shower gel, shampoo and toothpaste, which will save weight in your case. You’ll also probably have a hairdryer in your room, too.

Help Stop Companies from Robbing the Poor

Most of my readers know that I have strong socialist values and feel really strongly about equal rights for all people. Our current government has created a culture of keeping the rich rich and the poor poor, which has perpetuated food bank usage in the UK, huge levels of homelessness and the highest levels of child poverty in hundreds of years. What you might not know is that the huge tax-dodging companies which operate in the UK have a huge effect on poverty in other countries too. Companies dodge approximately £78 billion in tax in poor countries annually, stripping them of funds for vital services. Oxfam reveal that just a third of this amount would be enough to cover the healthcare that could prevent the needless deaths of eight million mothers, babies and children. Oxfam has created a powerful video to show what’s happening:

Showing it in such stark, literal terms of patients being directly deprived may seem provocative, especially when we see the part with the baby in an incubator, but the cold, hard facts are that this is exactly what happens when companies refuse to pay their taxes.

It makes me sick that even the lowest paid workers are expected to pay income tax and tax on almost everything they buy, but companies which turn over billions in profit get let off. I can’t even begin to get my head around how unfair that is and it’s time that we started demanding that the Government make changes.

Oxfam has started a petition and is asking people to follow this link and add your name to a list of people who wants to see changes happen NOW. It will take two minutes of your time and could make a difference, not only to us here in the UK, but also to people living in enforced poverty all over the world.

Do leave me a comment below if you have anything to say about the campaign or just to let me know you’re adding your name to the petition. I’m heading there to sign my name right now.

Keep It Simple: Fun Beach Activities for Kids

Is there anything more fun than spending a whole day on the beach? How about spending a day on the Florida beach with your kids? Virtually every child enjoys simple activities such as digging in the sand and frolicking in the sunshine, especially when it happens at the seashore. In the interest of happy beach time for all, we are pleased to present a few cheap and easy beach activities for the whole family that you might not have thought of before.

No-cost beachy fun

Remember hopscotch? The classic jumping game is twice as much fun when played in bare feet on the beach. All you need is a stick, some sand, and a hopscotch pattern in mind. First, take the stick in hand, and scribe the sand with your favorite hopscotch pattern. Put a couple of empty seashells to use as square markers, and start jumping. Save the stick and use it to draw pictures in wet sand, then watch the waves wash your temporary art away, suggests Travel NQ magazine.

Sanibel is a beachcomber’s delight

Beachcombing offers hours of seashore delight that entertains shellers of all ages. Set out for your day near Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort and Spa equipped with a bucket, a scoop, and a net bag in which to stow your shoreline finds. Slather on some sunscreen, toss on a wide-brimmed hat, and you’re ready for a day of combing the sandy beaches of beautiful Sanibel Island. Keep your eyes peeled for conchs, lightning whelks, and cockle shells. You may also spot tulip shells, olive shells, and colorful coquina clam shells. Ensure that all shell inhabitants are dead before soaking them in a bleach solution to remove any residual low tide aroma.

Sand dollars of Sanibel Island

As you trod the beach, you may come across a sand dollar. If you do, make sure it’s not alive before tucking it into your treasure net. To do this, gently touch the underside of the shell. If you don’t see a lot of little legs moving, the animal has perished, and you can add it to your Sanibel Island mementos. If the creature is alive, please place it in shallow water and leave it there.

Take a dead sand dollar home, and preserve it by bleaching. First, soak it in fresh water for an hour. When the water turns brown, replace it. Repeat this process until the water remains clear. Replace the water one more time, and add unscented laundry bleach. A 50/50 solution for five minutes will do the trick. To harden the sand dollar for use in crafts projects, mix equal amounts of white glue and water, then brush the solution onto the sand dollar, advises the Sanibel Island tourist bureau.

Make your family visit to Sanibel Island even more fun when you take along a field guide to local fish, birds, sea mammals, and seashells. When you visit the beach, be sure to tote out everything you take in and don’t hesitate to remove litter left behind by others.

10 Things You Wish You Would Have Done While You Were Pregnant

Sure, pregnancy symptoms can be uncomfortable, but there are plenty of reasons to celebrate during those 40 emotion-filled weeks that lead up to the moment when you finally get to meet your little one face to face! With this in mind, here are 10 things women wish they would’ve done during pregnancy. Try a few on for size: You’ll be glad you did!

Keep a Journal

Journaling takes just a few minutes per day, and it’s a great way to remember your thoughts and feelings later on, or just to air your worries in the present moment. Use an actual paper journal and pen, or type on your computer.

Take More Time out For Yourself

Babies require lots of time and effort, and new moms often have trouble finding time to pamper themselves. Relax now, while you have plenty of uninterrupted time.

Photograph Your Pregnant Belly

It’s a lot of fun to watch yourself grow – and weekly photos of your pregnancy can be important keepsakes later on. Set up your camera and take selfies in the same position each week, or have a friend or partner lend a helping hand.


Yes, you’re tired and your body is sore! What you might not realize is that exercise can help ease some of those discomforts and prep your body for labor so everything goes a bit more smoothly. Exercise can also help you deal with the physical demands of caring for a newborn. So get your doctor’s approval, and then choose a fun activity or two. Some health clubs even have classes just for pregnant women, so be sure to explore your options.

Check Out Childbirth Classes

Your schedule may be busy, but once baby arrives, you’ll be glad you took some time out for childbirth classes. There really is no substitute for in-person education, especially if you’re able to get your partner involved.

Make a Belly Cast

Memorialize your pregnancy in a fun way by making a belly cast when you’re at your biggest.

Look Fabulous

Maternity clothes are improving all the time, making it easy to stay stylish throughout your entire pregnancy. It can be a lot of fun to really embrace this time by rocking a stylish haircut and focusing on looking your best.

Take a Babymoon with Your Partner

Babymoons are a lot like honeymoons – plenty of time alone with your partner, focusing on one another and just enjoying the fun of being together. You can take an actual vacation to a destination that won’t work well for a young family if you like, or you can enjoy fun activities close to home. Life after baby arrives will require extra planning, so consider enjoying some spontaneity while you still can.

Party with Your Friends

You can’t enjoy cocktails like you used to, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a few more girls’ nights out, or from having a fun slumber party with your friends. Your most important friendships will remain strong after baby arrives, but there will be more demands on your time and energy, making it tough to connect on the same level. Have some fun and make some memories!

Sleep In

If you have time and feel up to it, enjoy sleeping in. Babies are notorious for waking their parents at all hours, so bask in the luxury of your bed every time you have the chance.