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A Guide To Finding The Best Dirt Bike Parts On The Web

A guide to finding the best dirt bike parts on the webIf you own a dirt bike, you have to maintain it often to maintain its potential on the tracks. When most riders are shopping for dirt bike parts, they will go to the internet.

The internet is the home of many businesses nowadays. So, with a simple search, you’ll find numerous results for you to choose. And that, for most riders who are still looking for a reputable dirt bike repair such as tokyomods.com, can be confusing.

So, how do you select among the different options you find on the internet? Read on further to find some of the things that should be at the back of your mind when doing so.

Finding reputable sellers online

The first thing we recommend to most buyers is to check out different online sellers. It can be quite cumbersome. Nonetheless, it comes with its fair share of advantages.

For instance, you get to know the price range of the different parts you’ll require from the seller, and you’ll know how they operate. Other than that, you’ll be able to different all these businesses, both their strengths and limitations.

If you are wondering how to know whether a seller is reputable or not, the best thing is to check different reviews. Get to know some of the reputable brands that sell quality dirt bike parts. Examine the company’s web presence, including their social media accounts and website. Established brands will ensure that their website is easy to use and displays some of the products you need.

You can also ask your friends. If they have previous experiences with a prospective company, you should ask them about their services and experiences.

Check out the best price for you

As you research, you will find out that every brand on the web prices their products differently. Some might seem costlier than others might.

If you want to save money, you’ll obviously go for the brand that offers affordable prices for services and products. But we have to draw a little bit. Sometimes cheap products can be expensive. If they are not of good quality, you’ll keep changing them all the time.

Therefore, the catch here is finding accessories that fit your needs. If they are durable, then it shouldn’t matter whether they are expensive or cheap. Furthermore, who doesn’t want their dirt bike to operate like a beast?

Go for a long-term relationship

You’ll need to constantly replace worn-out moving parts, the engines, the brakes, and any other parts. Thus, instead of buying from one seller this time, and buying from the other the next time, look for one seller to provide the parts whenever you need them.

Building such a relationship comes with several advantages. Other than having the assurance that you’ll get quality accessories and parts, you can get discounts. Businesses will offer discounts to loyal customers.

You can also consult them in case of an issue. And sometimes, if you are a good customer, they can offer that consultation without charging you.

How they deliver the goods to you

If you choose to purchase from a company that’s far from your location, you need to know how they’ll get the parts to you. Some sellers normally give discounts or offer free shipping if you shop for items. That means you save money when you buy more items.

Besides this, the other important thing is to know how long it will take for the order to arrive at you. Reputable brands will do everything they can to ensure that the package arrives safe and as soon as possible.

And as you check this, also get to know the company’s return policy. Some will allow you to return damaged parts, while others will give a limit on when a refund is viable.

A safe payment

Once you decide on the best seller to work with, the other thing that needs to be on your mind is to offer a secure payment system.

You might have this problem if the seller is reputable, but you may have to scrutinize it efficiently if you are working with a new company.

Additionally, the payment system should favor you as the buyer, regardless of whether the system they use is ‘pay upon delivery’ or ‘pay before delivery.’

Final Thoughts

When looking for a reputable seller, take your time. It’s another way of saving money. Ensure that the seller you opt for has enough experience in this field to ensure that they provide their materials you need for your bike riding.

Fun Ideas for Renovating Your Child’s Bedroom

Traditionally, kids’ bedrooms have been decorated blue for a boy and pink for a girl. But what if you want to move away from gender stereotypes and go for more adventurous décor inyour child’s bedroom? This opens up a world of opportunity to create something unique and magical.

Here’s some fresh ideas to get the creative juices flowing.

Go for bright, invigorating colours

Bright colours are generally frowned upon in adults’bedrooms, but with kids’ rooms the rules are more relaxed. It’s easy to paint the walls in exciting colours but what aboutadding colour to the ceiling or floor? They’re usually kept in neutral colours, but they don’t have to be.

Paint the ceiling with a starry or cloudy sky or go bold with one vibrant colour.  You’ll need a step ladder and long armed roller to make it easier to paint, but other than that it’s fairly cost effective to do.

Modern vinyl flooring has created the opportunity to addbright colour to the floor, with lots of child-friendly options. For this idea there’ll be vinyl flooring fitting costs, but it shouldn’t be any more expensive that fitting a new carpet.

Use pattern and shapes

The use of pattern and shapes in children’s bedrooms can be particularly effective in creating a new bold style.  Try painting large squares, circles and triangles across the four walls, or thick stripes that stretch the length of the room.  All you’ll need to achieve this look is some contrasting paint colours and a few rolls of masking tape. 

You can easily complement this with stripey or geometric bedding and curtains.

Create a theme from scratch

Creating a theme in a child’s bedroom needn’t be difficult.  You don’t necessarily need to buy a whole set of matching items from a shop to create a theme.  

For example, to create a pirate theme you could paint the room sea blue, hang a large Jolly Roger flag on the wall and paint a toy chest to look like a treasure chest.

Add a playful feature

Kids’ bedrooms are not just a place to sleep, they are often used as a space to play and learn. So why not add a playful feature to enrich your child’s room?

Go big with a bed that looks like a treehouse or install a mini-climbing wall. Or keep it simple with a play-tent, swinging chair or chalkboard wall. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

Business Ideas for the Busy Mum

Business Ideas for the Busy MumAs a parent, you want to ensure your children have the best, whether it be food, clothes, toys, furniture, or leisure activities. Alongside this, bills still need to be paid, and all of the above can cost money.

To be able to manage this, you may want to consider taking on some work. For some, getting a traditional job may not be a possibility, especially with very young children to look after. This is where working for yourself can tick some of those boxes. This can give you the freedom to earn your own money, around a schedule that suits you and your prior commitments to your family.

Also, keep in mind that when you have found a selection of clients for your product or service, you may need an invoice template to be able to request payment on completion of each project. Always use the tools available to you online (click the link) to make your working life easier – you have enough to juggle already parenting and building your business!

Writing

If you have a gift with the written word, you may want to consider taking on some jobs involving the writing industry, such as writing articles, aiding with literature, and, if you understand another language, translating text. These jobs can be found on both job sites and social media, and can quickly give you some money to play with.

Since many writing tasks will have a day and time deadline, as opposed to requiring a certain amount of work to be completed each day, this means you can adjust the amount you are willing to work based on the hours you will be available. For the busy mum, that may be while children are at school or even when they are in bed.

Baking

Some mums find they spend a lot of time in the kitchen, either preparing meals or baking alongside their children. For those who are confident in their ability to produce some delicious goods, selling them may be an option.

Within this, you may be required to complete food safety qualifications, as well as to obtain business insurance. It may also be a requirement to display a list of allergens and ingredients on the boxes to avoid any illness occurring.

If you have a passion for baking, this can definitely be a good step forward for you.

Crafts

Some women love crafts, while others hope it can be banished from their home. If you are the former, you may want to consider creating items either in bulk, or made to order, to sell to the public. Many people sell their homemade crafts on websites such as Etsy every day. You can factor the cost of materials, as well as the time it takes to make the item, into the price, and potentially make a good income from your artistic nature.

Working for yourself from home can be extremely rewarding, especially if it means you get to simultaneously earn money while raising your children. Depending on how much you earn, you may need to declare this to the tax office, and pay any tax or NI contributions, as necessary.

What Parents Need to Remember About Lockdown

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If you are a parent, you have probably found this year to be a particularly stressful one to have kids during. Of course, everyone has been struggling in their own way this year with the global pandemic, but there are so many ways in which it has been especially tough on parents all over the world. If you are keen to make sure that you are dealing with it as well as possible, there are some essential things that you might want to bear in mind. Let’s take a look at some of the things parents should aim to remember about lockdown, in order to ensure that they are approaching it in the best possible way.

Knowing Your Local Rules

Every area is different, so the main thing to remember is that you need to be aware of the local rules when it comes to the effects of lockdown on your life. In particular, you need to ensure that you are looking out for the rules concerning your kids’ schools, if they are of that age, and anything else which might prove to be relevant – such as any parents’ groups you might usually go to, and whether or not they are likely to be able to meet. The more aware you are about all of this, the more likely it is that you will be sticking to the rules, and avoiding putting yourself or your child in any unnecessary danger.

Preparing Your Child For Post-Lockdown

It is almost time to start thinking about how to get ready for post-covid, or at least post-lockdown. There are many things to think about in this regard. One of the main ones is that you need to make sure you are aware of whether or not they can go back to their normal routines, as we briefly discussed above. But you also need to make sure that they are mentally ready to return, whether they are returning to nursery or school or wherever. The important thing is probably to have some kind of routine in place, so you can support your child as necessary. As long as you do that, it should be a lot easier on the both of you, and everyone else in the household too.

Being Safe & Healthy

Throughout all of it, the most important thing to remember is to try and keep safe and keep yourself and your family as healthy as possible. We know that covid is not necessarily too bad for children, but even so you don’t want to take any risks. And you also don’t want to put yourself in risk of catching the virus and then not being able to fully attend to caring for your child. So make sure that you are taking all of the necessary precautions which we are now all so used to, and you should be able to keep things going fairly smoothly that way. Then it’s just a case of hoping for the best and waiting for the whole pandemic to be over.

Still Nil Nil – A Football Lover’s Perfect Gift

As you’ll know if you’re a long-time reader of Mum’s the Word, we’re fans of Liverpool Football Club. Husband has been a fan his whole life, and when we met I adopted LFC as my team, too. That means that there are many historical games from LFC’s football past that we revisit from time to time, and we’ve been to Anfield as a family for a special day of Liverpool FC hospitality (we also saw Luis Suarez score his first ever Home hat-trick while we were there, which made it extra special).

Perhaps one of the most relevant games to current Liverpool fans is the night of the 2005 Champions League Final, where Liverpool came back from 3-0 against AC Milan to win on penalties and become European Champions. It was an amazing night, and although it happened before I became a Liverpool fan, it was a night that Husband has rewatched with me MANY times, and one in his life that he’ll never forget. A Football Lover's Perfect GiftThat’s why, when I received an email about Still Nil Nil, I knew it would make an incredible gift for Husband. You see, Still Nil Nil have taken these special nights in sporting history and created beautifully illustrated books, containing original poetry, describing the events in detail. There are currently three titles available, costing £12 each; The Treble, based on Manchester United’s historic 1998/99 season, Invincible, revisiting Arsenal’s unbeaten 2003/04 season; and The Miracle of Istanbul, retelling Liverpool’s epic Champions League final comeback in 2004/05.

The Miracle of Istanbul

Josh Clarke, founder and director of Still Nil Nil, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to finally unveil a true passion project, Still Nil Nil. Millions of parents and children bond over their football club – and our books represent the perfect way for parents to pass on their passion, and memories, to their children with an incredible shared experience.

“With Christmas fast approaching, the response to our initial three books has already been overwhelmingly positive. We are delighted to be delivering gifts that football-mad children (and, probably more so, parents) are going to love.”

I can’t wait to give Husband his copy and I think it will be something he’ll cherish. The books are aimed at kids, but I truly think they’re perfect for football fans of any age, and for Liverpool fans young and old, the night in Istanbul will be something they want to remember forever.

There’s still plenty of time to order your copy of a Still Nil Nil book from the website, so head over there and grab one now.

Tween and Teen Christmas Gift Ideas

Buying for a tween at Christmas can be notoriously tricky. Filling a stocking with sweets and LOL dolls is no longer an option and all of a sudden their interests can seem like a bit of a mystery! Thankfully, Sausage is actually SUPER easy to buy for, so with that in mind, I thought I’d share with you some tween and teen Christmas gift ideas. Everything on the list is available online and should be here before Christmas so there’s still plenty of time to grab them yourself.

Driving Lessons

Driving lessons

Okay, so Sausage is only 12, but if our experience with Young Driver last year taught us anything, it’s that it’s never too early to learn to drive! Designed for 10-17 year olds to get a feel of what it’s like to be behind the wheel, Young Driver has over 70 venues around the UK and they’ll learn to drive, brake, change gear, steer, reverse and park. All the key things you’ll need out on the road! Sausage tried this out in Summer 2019 and she had an absolute blast, so it’s something we’d love to do again with her and their vouchers make a great stocking present.

Something Snuggly

Tween and teen Christmas gift ideas

If there’s two things my tween loves, it’s snuggling under a blanket and watching Anime. That’s why I think The Comfy would be another gift that’s perfect for her! She’s a little bugger for walking around the house in shorts and a vest and complaining she’s cold, so a blanket that she can literally wear like a hoody would not only be a godsend for her, but it would also help me keep our heating bills down!

A Unique Gift Box

Wild Hearts Gang First Period Box

Gift boxes and subscriptions are HUGE right now, and just recently we discovered Wild Hearts Gang gift boxes, which encourage period positivity for tweens and teens. The boxes are £29.99 and contain everything a girl needs to tackle her first period, from positivity cards and info leaflets to chocolate and bath bombs – as well as a microwave heat pack and a selection of day and night teen pads. It’s such a great way to help your girls to feel confident about what’s to come and help you to have a conversation which you may have found tricky before.

A Collectible

Teen and Tween gift ideas - Funko POP!Like many other people, our family are BIG fans of Funko POP! Vinyls and we have a pretty respectable collection between the four of us! For Sausage’s last birthday, her obsession was all things RuPaul’s Drag Race related, wheras now, anime is her main love. That makes life really easy as Funko make a huge range of characters from Japanese animation. Whatever your tween is into, you can guarantee there’s a Funko POP! for every occasion!

Art Supplies

POSCA pens

Sausage is a big fan of anything arts and crafts related, and this year she’s learned all sorts of new skills like cross stitch and embroidery, both of which she taught herself. She’s got huge amounts of supplies, but we love to get her things to help her to be creative, so something unique like POSCA pens are a great option. They can be used to write and draw on enamel, ceramics and virtually any other surface, and they don’t bleed through paper. I can only imagine some of the amazing things she’ll make with these!

I hope you found our teen and tween Christmas gift ideas useful and that you all have a very Merry Christmas!

How to Make a Small Room Look Bigger

As much as we would all love to have huge mansions, with enormous rooms, it’s not necessarily the reality for most of us, and oftentimes, the rooms in our home can end up looking even smaller than they actually are, due to some of our own decorating mistakes. Here is how you can make a small room look bigger.

Let the Light In

Natural light is a really great way to make a room look bigger, but of course, besides creating a new window, there isn’t much you can do if there isn’t much natural light. That said, artificial light is the next best thing and if you invest in some good G9 LED bulbs, add more lamps, and reassess the light fixtures to ensure you are getting the most amount of light for the space, you will notice things really start to open up.

Declutter

Having too much stuff in a room can really make it feel closed in and small. You can go the KonMari method and get rid of anything that doesn’t spark joy, or you can get creative with storage solutions to really make the most of the space that you do have, and hide any mess and clutter away, seamlessly.

Think of Your Colours

Although dark colours and dark wood can create a really cosy feel in large spaces, if it’s not used right in a smaller space, you will notice that it’s starting to feel cramped and a little claustrophobic. Opt for lighter colours to open up the space and make it feel airy, but don’t feel as though you have to stick with white or grey – look for a soft blue or green to keep some personality while adding space. When it comes to the colour of your furniture or your accessories, stick to small prints or plain colours. If you keep things in a unified pallet, it can expand a room visually.

Use Glass

If you are able to use glass for things like tabletops, you will notice that it gives the illusion of having more space. Another example of this is using a clear frameless shower enclosure, rather than a frosted version, which will allow you to feel as though there is more room in the space. Another way in which glass is fantastic is if it is in the form of a mirror. A large mirror on the wall can open out the space and make it look so much larger, as well as providing more reflected light and a practical piece of decor too.

As you can see, you don’t need an extension to make a room seem larger, just a few subtle changes in decor and accessories along with a few tricks of the eye can make the world of difference to a cramped room. So until we can afford that enormous mansion, these tricks and tips will have to do.

Want To Move Abroad With Your Family? Here Are Some Essential Tips

There are times where you might ask yourself if your home country is really where you want to bring up your children. Perhaps you’re not confident that your country is going to be stable enough to offer your children a bright future. Maybe you’ve always wanted to enrich your child’s lifestyle by exposing them to lots of different cultures and traditions around the world. Or perhaps you just can’t stand your current place of residence and want to move somewhere else.

You’ll find many different reasons to move abroad, but you also have lots of different responsibilities that prevent you from just packing up your bags and chasing a life in a different part of the world. In particular, you’ll probably have to worry about your family and what they think about moving to another part of the world. It can be devastating to their lifestyle and it could be something they’re resistant to, especially if they have commitments or investments already.

So in this post, we’re going to talk about some of the essential tips to keep in mind if you’re thinking about moving abroad with your family.

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Are you financially prepared for moving abroad with your family?

First, make sure you’re financially prepared for a move abroad. Attempting to move abroad when you don’t have much money is going to be extremely difficult. Whether you’re buying overseas property, paying for schooling or even just travel fees, you’ll need to establish some sort of income that you can continue even after you move to a different country. You’ll also want to have a lot of savings so you can afford to purchase a home before you even arrive at your destination country.

What makes you want to move abroad? What are the benefits you’re looking for?

You should also think carefully about the benefits of moving abroad and why you’re considering it in the first place. There are lots of different reasons why you might want to move, such as wanting a brighter future for your children or even to move back to your home country. Whatever the case is, make sure you clearly define your reasons for wanting to move so that you can explain it to your family and justify your decisions.

Moving abroad is a huge commitment, so make sure you do your research

It’s a good idea to do plenty of research before you decide to move. This is because you don’t want to be left regretting your decision a little later in the future. There are many different places to start, such as looking for property in your country of choice. There are many country-specific things that you should look out for as well. For example, if you’re moving to Thailand, then a  house for sale in Had Yai might have a different purchase process to a home somewhere in America. It’s best to work with native companies or organizations that specialize in helping people overseas purchase property in another country.

Will your children have to learn a completely new language?

Perhaps one of the most taxing things about moving to a different country is learning to communicate again. If your children have to learn a completely different language in order to communicate at school then you’ll find it might be best to teach them a few basic words in your own time. This will help prepare them for the eventual move in the future. It also helps if you converse with them in this other language so they can get used to speaking it.

Try and maintain the little things that your family does to maintain familiarity

It’s a good idea to try and maintain some common practices that you and your family use in your current home. For instance, if you typically go out for a family meal on a Friday, you should try to maintain that behaviour to make it easier for your family to adjust to your new location. Even though you’re in a completely different country, doing familiar family tasks will help ease everyone into their new life abroad.

Make sure you establish access to essential services

One of the most important things to establish as soon as you move is health services. There are some top countries for expat health that you might want to consider if health is a top priority for you. Navigating the health services for each individual country can be taxing, so it’s important that you look for some basic information to help you learn more.

Self Care Rituals for Stressed-Out Mums

Self Care Rituals for Stressed-Out Mums

Is it just me or has 2020 been one of the most stressful years of your whole life?! The constant worry, the changing rules, remembering masks and hand sanitiser, homeschooling the kids, working from home… The list of additional stressors seems endless. With this in mind, I’ve been trying to do some things recently to improve my self-care, and it’s definitely helping. Here are just a few of my new rituals:

Self-Care Skincare Routine

I’ve never had particularly problematic skin, aside from the odd bit of dryness and the occasional hormonal pimple, so I’ve never paid much attention to a skincare routine before. However, my Mum has AMAZING skin, especially for someone who will be 60 in a couple of years, and that’s because she’s always made sure she looks after it, and I am inspired to do the same.

I’ve started using a hot cloth cleanser with Vitamin C to wash my face, which helps to exfoliate and make my skin look a LOT brighter. I’ve also been using a peptide serum before I moisturise, which seems to make my skin feel super soft. I then use a gel moisturiser, which sits much better on my skin than something oil-based and doesn’t cause spots. I’ve got to say, my skin looks better than it ever has, just by adding a couple of new things to my daily routine.

Yoga and Meditation

When I went on my mad exercise kick back in 2017, one of my favourite things to do was my weekly yoga class. Taking an hour to do something peaceful and relaxing, stretching my muscles and realigning my mind and body was amazing for me.

There would be a ten-minute meditation at the end of the class where we’d lay on the floor with our eyes closed and the teacher would coach us on proper breathing and clearing our minds, and I absolutely loved it. It was probably the closest thing to a tantric massage without being touched! Since lockdown happened, I’ve been doing yoga and meditation at home, and it’s really helped me to keep my mind and body healthy during this weirdness.

Finding a Hobby

Because of my health issues, our family has been isolating constantly since the beginning of March, which has meant that we’ve had a LOT more time on our hands. Obviously, I’m doing the usual working/cooking/cleaning/walking the dog, as well as homeschooling both kids, but that still leaves me with a few hours a day in which I actually have some time to myself.

I’ve taken up a few different hobbies to fill the time, and I actually feel quite fulfilled for the first time in years! As well as the baking and cooking that I’ve been doing a lot of, I’ve also taken up cross-stitch, which I absolutely love, and most recently I’ve started quilling! I’ll be sharing one of my latest creations here on the blog soon, and I’m quite proud of it.

Have you picked up any new hobbies lately? Have you been taking more time for self-care? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

Quilling Homemade Christmas Cards

Quilling Homemade Christmas Cards - Finished CardGiven the fact that it’s been a REALLY sucky year for most of us, Christmas will be a nice distraction from everything else. This year, us and our extended family have decided to keep the gift giving to just the kids of the family, so that we can make it all the more special for them. However, that doesn’t stop me from creating extra special Christmas cards for everyone, and this year I’ve even learned a new skill to help me – quilling!

Click on the image to see the quilling in action!

When I was researching the type of card I wanted to make, I stumbled across some festive greetings using quilling. For those who don’t know, quilling is a paper craft with uses coiled strips of paper to create shapes and patterns. I had a quilling kit when I was a tween and I loved it then, but I’d basically forgotten everything I’d learned by the time I tried it again. I also planned to use a graffiti font on the card, but my printer went kaput, right at the most inconvenient moment. *eyeroll*

As well as quilling strips and some papercraft tools, I used an 8x8in blank greetings card, some tacky glue (it’s stickier and dries fast for crafting), a gold marker, some gold edging stickers, mini Christmas bells and some Christmas pompoms. I also used a compass, ruler and pencil for sketching out the rough shapes before I stuck anything on.

Quilling the TreeQuilling Homemade Christmas Cards - Creating the Tree

I started by making the quills for the tree by coiling a whole strip tightly, then allowing it to unfurl a little. I then glued the loose end in place with a tiny dot of glue, held it until dry and then pinched one end of the coil of paper to create the shape. To create the star and tree pot, I shaped them after coiling in a similar way, and then I used the gold marker to write the message on the front. Finally, I just stuck all of the other bits on in the right place!

Adding the Text

Quilling Homemade Christmas Cards - Gold WritingIt took me a little under half an hour, from sketching out the final design to everything being done, and I think the overall effect is well worth the effort! What’s more, I really enjoyed making the card and I can’t wait to make a whole load more to send to the special people in our lives. I’m thinking of making a different design on every card, but that might just be a stunning case of me biting off more than I can chew, as usual!

I absolutely love making handmade gifts and cards for people. Now that I have a new skill, I’ll definitely be doing more of it. Have you ever tried quilling? Are you making handmade cards or gifts this year? Leave me a comment below telling me all about it, especially if you have inspiration for my next design!