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3 Keto Baking Recipes the Family Will Love

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The key to the keto diet is to get as close to eliminating all carbs as possible. As such, traditional pastas, breads, and baked goods are a no-no. That doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a sandwich or even indulge in some cookies, but you will need a modified version of these staples. Try out a few new recipes and you will learn which ingredients need to be swapped. No matter what recipes you use, baking will remain enjoyable for you and your loved ones. Check out these three keto baking recipes that will teach you that eating a keto friendly diet doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to delicious baked goods.

Keto Chocolate Chip Lover’s Moist Cookies

The key to a good chocolate chip cookie is combining the perfect amount of chocolate chips with a rich and decadent dough. In order to make this cookie keto diet approved, you have to substitute regular flour for something else. You can use ground flaxseeds, coconut or almond flour, or even psyllium husk. You can’t use regular sugar either so you will have to get a sugar substitute like stevia, monk fruit sweetener or erythritol. Some of these items can be picked up at the grocery store but other items may need to be purchased at a health food store or ordered off the web. The good news is that the baking process is fast and simple, so you will be able to enjoy your Keto Chocolate Chip Lover’s Moist Cookies in just minutes.

To make these cookies you will need the following; 1 cup of standard flour substitute, 1/3 cup butter, ½ cup of sugar substitute, ½ cup sugar free chocolate chips, 1 egg, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, ¼ teaspoon baking powder, and a sprinkle of salt. First, mix up all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. The butter should then be heated on the stove or in a microwave until it is melted. Next, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

After the butter has melted, you want to add in the egg and vanilla extract to it. After it is well blended, pour it over the dry ingredients and mix gently. Use a tablespoon to make evenly sized dough balls, then flatten them as you place each one on a cookie sheet. Your cookies will need to bake for 10 to 12 minutes before they are golden brown and moist.

Low Carb Sandwich Bread

Bread can be a major point of contention for those trying to eat a low carb diet of any kind. There are plenty of pre-packaged varieties, but there is nothing like making something delicious from scratch. You might want to make a keto friendly specialty bread like challah that contains cheese and tomatoes so you can make it a meal. Make modifications to existing recipes so that you can enjoy biscuits, flatbreads, and even dinner rolls while on the keto diet plan.

Try KetoLogic’s recipe for keto bread and you will have a recipe that can be used to make bread at any time. This recipe is great for beginners as there aren’t many steps, but the end result is still a flavorful delight. Whip up a batch, slice up the entire loaf, and you will be able to reach for a piece of bread whenever you want – without feeling guilty.

Creamy Keto Sugar Free Cheesecake

If you ever get in the mood for a really decadent dessert while on the keto diet, then you have to try out this next recipe. The really great thing about cheesecake is that it is easy to make because there are not many ingredients in it. You will need to make the crust first, then the filling, but each step is super-fast to execute. Next up, a sugar free keto friendly cheesecake to die for.

Measure approximately 2 cups of flour substitute, ½ cup of melted butter, 4 teaspoons of sugar substitute, and a teaspoon of almond extract, then blend well to make your cheesecake crust. Roll out the dough and then carefully place it on the inside of a pie shell. Press down firmly so that the crust falls into the corners.

To make the filling for your keto-friendly cheesecake you will need; 3 8-ounce packages of cream cheese (softened), 2 eggs, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. All you have to do is blend all of these ingredients well and then spoon the mixture into the pie shell. Smooth the top of the cheesecake, then bake for approximately 45 minutes at 375 degrees.

It can take effort to find the right ingredients needed to make these delicious keto-friendly recipes, but once you taste them you will be more than happy to put in the work. Enjoy keto bread so that you can make scrumptious sandwiches, chocolate chip cookies, and even a slice of cheesecake while still eating smart. These recipes can be addicting so try to enjoy them in moderation.

3 TV shows that will keep you hooked

As a TV show enthusiast, I have all sorts of favourites. I am not picky on what era a show is from and if it is really good, I have found myself watching, and then re-watching TV shows later on while diving further into the story and character development. I will be patient and give a show a couple of episodes to pick up, but there have certainly been a number of shows that have had me hooked by episode 1.

Here are 3 of those TV shows that will catch your interest quickly and keep you hooked. Plus, an added bonus, all 3 are available on a new platform called Chili and are ready to be binge-watched.

The Night Of

“The Night Of” is a 2016 American crime drama miniseries with 8 episodes. It is based on the first season of BBC’s “Criminal Justice”, following the story of a New York City murder case. Riz Ahmed plays Nasir ‘Naz’ Khan, Bill Camp as Dennis Box, Payman Maadi as Salim Khan to name a couple of the main characters. After Naz, a Pakistani-American student, meets a woman and spends a night of partying with her, he wakes up to find her stabbed to death beside him. He is charged with her murder. The miniseries takes you on a psychological tour of the characters, portrays different cultures in distinct presentation and tells a story that goes beyond standard storytelling.

Big Little Lies

“Big Little Lies” has a strong following, and for good reason. It debuted on HBO in February 2017. “Big Little Lies” is set in Monterey, California and follows narration from the viewpoints of three women, Madeline, Celeste and Jane, portrayed by stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley respectively. Each of them are mothers of first graders, and each have their own demons they are battling in their home life while trying to keep up the face that they show the rest of the world. It being downright relatable and powerful has undoubtedly drawn an audience. “Big Little Lies” shows real problems that real people face. The plot includes heavy topics, such as domestic violence, abuse, murder and infidelity. The show demonstrates the strength gathered from these women supporting themselves and one another, something that will have you rooting for the characters along their drama-filled journey.

Sharp Objects

The TV show “Sharp Objects” is based on the novel Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, the author of the ever popular book Gone Girl. “Sharp Objects” follows Camille Preaker, a reporter in St. Louis portrayed by Amy Adams, who returns to her hometown to investigate the kidnapping and murder of two local girls. The show carries you between Camille’s internal thoughts and drifting mind to how she carries the investigation externally. Camille’s character might be monotone, but between Amy Adams’ performance and the beautiful editing of the show, you feel like you really feel what she does.

Do you have any TV show recommendations? What are some of your favourites?

Our Ideal Home

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The other day, Sausage and I were chatting away in the car and she asked my what my ideal house would be like. I love the location of our current house and there are things about it that I like, but if money were no object I realised that my ideal home would be pretty different to this one! It got me thinking about what my ideal home would be like, so I thought I’d share my vision with you all here:

Bedrooms

Ideally, I’d like us to have four or five bedrooms, so that we could have one room each for Husband and I and both girls, and then a spare room for guests and a room where Husband can use as his office. Our current house is three bedrooms, but the girls currently share as we’ve got an office, but Husband is going to be giving his space up soon so that Sausage can have her own room. I’d also love to have South West Upholstery come in and give us some bespoke upholstery in the house.

Garden Room

I’ve always loved the idea of garden rooms, and having a space that I could set up as an office/sewing room/reading nook, so that I could have everything set up in order for me to be productive. If it was inside the house, there would be a temptation to be in it all the time, but if it was at the end of the garden, I’d have my own space but a healthy amount of separation so that I’m not checking emails at midnight!

Kitchen

I don’t need some massive state-of-the-art kitchen, but I would like a LOT more cupboard space. I’ve also always had a bit of a thing for kitchens with an island in the middle, which I’d love to have some sort of breakfast bar at one end so that the kids could eat there in the mornings and people could hang out in the kitchen with me while I cooked.

Conservatory

I’ve always been a sucker for a conservatory – I blame growing up on a council estate in the 80’s and 90’s where a conservatory was a sign that you’d really made it in life! I’d love a conservatory with enough space for a dining table so that we could eat there on summer evenings, as well as some sort of sofa so that we could sit out there and enjoy the sun even on cold days.

Cupola

This one is a bit niche, but bear with me! There’s a house where we live with a cupola on the top and every time I go past, I fantasise about living in a house with some sort of cupola or turret so that I can sit up there at night and look through a telescope at the stars, or snuggle up in a blanket on a rainy day and read a book with a cup of hot cocoa. Imagine watching a lightening storm from inside your own cupola?! I know finding a house with one is probably a pipe dream, even with a hefty lottery win, but it’s always been something I’ve loved.

Outside buildings can often add value to your property so if you’re thinking about adding some additional space, it might be well worth it in the long run!

The Real Issue With ‘Toxic Masculinity’

toxic masculinityI’ve written before about how feminism isn’t something with which I identify. Don’t get me wrong, I’m passionate about equality, but I feel that there’s been a massive swing towards more radical aspects of feminism which say that females should be given preference over men, and for me, this goes completely against the idea of everyone being equal.

We’re hearing a lot lately about the concept of ‘toxic masculinity’ and how certain male traits are wholly negative – I’m sure we’ve all seen the Gillette advert by now and have read the frankly ridiculous hysteria from the likes of Piers Morgan who would, quite honestly, boycott anything if he thought it would get his face in the papers.

But I have to say, the whole concept of ‘toxic masculinity’ makes me really uncomfortable. Wikipedia gives the following definition: “[toxic] Hegemonic masculinity is defined as a practice that legitimizes powerful men’s dominant position in society and justifies the subordination of the common male population and women, and other marginalised ways of being a man”.

On face value, I think we can all agree that deferring to a system of power where men, by default, are in charge is negative, and not something that any of us want, but the problem for me is that ALL male traits seem to be being viewed as negative.

I want to add in here, that I’m not someone who’s grown up in a bubble of privilege where no man has ever mistreated me – I’ve suffered child abuse, sexual assault and some pretty shitty relationships in the past, so I know what some men are capable of. But that’s the key word – SOME. Equally, I’ve met some women who are awful people, too.

I’m really uncomfortable with the way some people are acting like ALL men need to be feared or somehow preemptively treated like an abuser.  Yes, I’ve met some bad men, but I’ve also met a lot of men who are kind, mindful and caring, all while managing to be assertive, occasionally dominant and pretty damn ‘manly’.

Why is it that we can revere sportsmen who show assertiveness on the pitch or court, but expect their intrinsic maleness to disappear off of it? Husband and I were discussing this at some length the other day and he raised a really valid point; if things like assertiveness and physical dominance are such negative qualities, why are ‘role play’ costumes for couples predominantly for things like firemen uniforms or policemen? Those roles are traditionally associated with ‘brave’ men who rescue people, not usually a job done by people who lack assertiveness or physical dominance, and it’s considered okay for women to fantasise about them in a sexual sense.

The fact is, a lot of the male traits that we’re writing off as ‘toxic’ are evolutionary aspects of being a man and for many years were prized. In the animal kingdom, the biggest, strongest creatures with the best plumage and best hunting abilities are the ones who get a mate, and while I’m not expecting Husband to go out hunting with a spear, I think sometimes we need to accept that men have evolved one way and women have evolved another, to an extent. How would we feel if the negative aspects of being a woman were roundly labelled “toxic” and we started to be judged on our gender before we’d done anything to deserve it?

The saddest part about ‘toxic masculinity’ is that it causes men to hurt themselves in quite a prolific way. Boys are taught that they shouldn’t cry and shouldn’t express any emotions other than anger, then we act surprised when we’ve got whole generations of males who don’t know how to process things like grief or trauma in a constructive way. Maybe if we taught boys that anger isn’t the only emotion, it wouldn’t be their default setting and we wouldn’t be dealing with the highest male suicide rates on record.

So, instead of labelling boys and men as “toxic”, maybe we should be more mindful of the standards that we set for them in the first place. Maybe if we started giving our boys different standards to grow by, their maleness won’t be toxic. All I know is, that as a woman with a Husband, nephews, cousins, uncles and a Dad who are all MEN but definitely not TOXIC, the very phrase itself leaves a lot to be desired.

Ways To Look And Feel Younger

As we age, we realise that time is no longer on our side and we find ourselves wishing that we could turn back the clock to our youth. But there are ways to look and feel younger. Here are a few to get you started!

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Exercise Regularly

Exercise is good for the body, and no matter how young or old you are, regular exercise is key to feeling younger. Pick a form of exercise that you enjoy, whether that’s weight training at the gym or joining a sports club. You should aim to get at least 20 minutes of exercise per day, even if it’s a brisk walk during the evening.

It can also make a world of difference to your energy levels, and when the blood is pumping around the body, it helps keep the skin healthy too.

Get Your Teeth Whitened

We can easily neglect our teeth over time, and a trip to the dentist is often few and far between. With the amount of coffee, food and drink that likely stains our teeth, it’s useful to get your teeth whitened regularly to bring back that youthful glow. If you’re looking for teeth whitening and other dental procedures then dental spas like Bright & White are becoming very popular for those who want a faster, and more tailored service.

Have A Good Skincare Routine

The secret to good skin is having a good skincare routine and drinking lots of water. You should have a skincare routine from your mid-twenties and change over the products as your skin ages to cater for the natural changes in your skin. Always remove your makeup at the end of the day and use a cleansing oil to get rid of all dirt and makeup residue. Exfoliators are great for buffing away dead skin cells but be careful if you have sensitive skin not to get anything that’s too abrasive.

It’s good to know your skin type too so that you can buy products that will actually benefit your skin rather than make it worse. Your skin type also changes during your lifetime so always check back in with your dermatologist or local beautician for a checkup.

Tailor Your Wardrobe

For some, styling your outfits to suit your shape comes easily but for many, it can be quite difficult. It’s always a good idea to look at your wardrobe at the end of every season and work out what you’re lacking. Think about your body shape and what’s best to fit your body. Find clothes that are comfortable for you because you’ll naturally glow if you love the outfit you’re wearing.

Don’t always go for the trends or what others are wearing, define your own style! Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself with new colours or prints either. You might just surprise yourself.

Age comes to us all, but we can choose whether we age gracefully or if we decide to give ourselves a little helping hand. There is no wrong way, so do what you want to feel comfortable and happy in your body.

Working on Myself

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I’ve not talked about it on here very much, but last year, I did a round of high-intensity therapy to try to help me with some issues that I’ve been dealing with for many years. My sessions finished just before Christmas, but I’ve been trying to do some work on my own before going back to see my therapist again, mostly around ways to improve my feelings of confidence and self worth. It’s really hard, trying to change a lifetime of negative feelings, but I’ve come up with a little list of things that I’m planning to try, in order to help. Here they are, in no particular order:

Treating Myself to New Things

I have a real problem with buying myself clothes or anything that’s solely for me, but it’s something that I need to change. Wearing nice things gives you a mental boost and makes you feel happier, and I’m planning to treat myself to a new summer wardrobe over the next few months so that I go into the nice weather feeling confident.

Dancing Queen

I’ve never been an amazing dancer, but dancing is always something I’ve loved to do. I used to go to a belly dancing class and absolutely loved it (not to mention hours spent on the dance floor every Friday and Saturday night!). It’s a place where I can do an activity which is just for me, and maybe make a few friends along the way, too.

Maintain Friendships

I’m a bit of a weird creature – I’m very sociable and can chat the hind legs off of a donkey, but actually making myself leave the house and have a social life has become increasingly difficult over the last decade. I’ve promised myself that 2019 is the year that I try to connect with people more and actually make an effort to make plans.

Ignore the Haters

When you’ve spent your whole childhood being mocked and criticised, it’s really hard to eject all those bad words from your brain. I’ve still got a whole section of my brain dedicated to remembering it all and I’m making an effort to let it go. It’s probably the hardest part of all this as most of it is deeply ingrained, but I’m doing my best to remember that people who truly love me would never want to tear me down, only build me up.

Do you have any amazing tips for improving self-confidence and self-worth? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Spruce Up Your House Without Major Renovations

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Now that Christmas is out of the way, many of us are starting to think about ways to spruce up our houses, but if major renovations are too much of an inconvenience or are out of your budget, there are smaller things that you can do which will improve the look of your house without spending a fortune. Today, we’ve teamed up with Kitchen Warehouse to talk to you about a few of them.

Paint Your Woodwork

One of the quickest ways to make your rooms feel fresh and new is to paint your woodwork. Even if your walls are still in good order, things like skirting boards and dado rails often take knocks and the resulting marks make them look grubby and worn. A few weekends of sanding down and a couple of tins of gloss paint will cost next to nothing but will really make the place feel renewed.

Replace Kitchen Doors

If your kitchen feels dated or worn, you can spruce up your kitchen units by simply replacing the doors. Choose a colour which will stand the test of time and won’t look out of fashion within weeks and you could future-proof your kitchen for years to come with minimal expense.

Clean Your Outsides

Winter can take it’s toll on the outside of houses and months of rain and mud can leave your house looking a bit grubby. Hiring a jet wash for a couple of days will help you to clean any brickwork, rendering, patios and woodwork, and giving your front door a freshen up with either a bit of elbow grease or a lick of paint if it’s a wooden door will have your castle gleaming!

Attack Your Grouting

If you’ve got tiled areas in your kitchen and bathroom, there’s a good chance that it needs a little TLC. Kitchen grouting often accumulates grease and looks grubby, while bathroom grouting often falls foul of black mould which can look AND smell unpleasant. Using a grout whitener to get it all back to a crisp, white finish will really refresh the look of both your kitchen and your bathroom.

Clean Your Carpets

Again, carpets are one of those things which can look lacklustre if they’re not maintained, especially in high traffic areas such as hallways and living rooms. If your carpet is in basically good condition then replacing it is costly and unnecessary. Carpet cleaners don’t cost a huge amount to hire, and if you pay for a weekend then you could have every carpet in the house looking and smelling fresh by Monday morning.

Keeping Fit While Avoiding Injury

Keeping fit is important no matter what age you are. It helps keep our body young and fighting fit for longer. However, some of us are more subject to injury if we don’t look after our body before, during and after exercise. Injuries can also hold us back from reaching our fitness goals so how can you stay fit while avoiding injuries?

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Drink More Water

Water is essential for our body because after all, we’re mostly made up of it. So we should really be drinking plenty of water a day, 1.5 liters to be exact. When exercising, however, you lose more water in the body quickly. So to avoid passing out or becoming dehydrated, you need to be drinking plenty of water both during exercise and after. Even after you’ve finished exercising, your body is still working up until a few hours later.

Take a big bottle of water with you every time you go to the gym or to whatever sport you take part in. Not bringing water will mean you’ll struggle more without and you’ll likely perform worse which can make you feel demotivated to continue.

Warm Up Before

A lot of injuries are usually caused by the individual not warming up properly. It’s essential to stretch the muscles you’ll be using when exercising to avoid damaging them in any way. Increasing your body’s core temperature is going to get the blood pumping and getting you mentally prepared for working out. Your warm-up should take at least six minutes and here are a few ways you can warm the body up:

  • March on the spot for three minutes with your legs lifting up to your stomach and your arms marching up to your shoulders.
  • Dig your heel into the ground and lean slightly onto it. You should feel a pull on the back of your leg. Do this for both legs.
  • Lift knee up to your chest and hold for 15 seconds each.
  • Roll your shoulders forward and back. Gently roll your head from left to right.

Cool Down After

And as important as it is to warm up, it’s also just as critical to cool down after. Not cooling down means that you’re much more likely to risk an injury. A few ways of cooling down properly include:

  • A low-intensity exercise that lasts three to five minutes. Focus on your breathing to help bring down the heart rate.
  • Stretch the muscles that you’ve used while exercising. Do this for 20-30 seconds on each one and spend any extra time on muscles that feel tight to make sure it’s properly stretched out.

You may also consider getting yourself a massage every so often. Those with a sports massage accreditation UK are best for tackling the muscles when you’ve been exercising as opposed to a traditional massage.

Eat Better

There’s now so much junk food around us that the temptation to eat badly can sometimes be overwhelming. However, the wrong foods can affect our performance when exercising and may lack the nutrients our body needs to stay fit and well, health-wise. So it’s important to eat well and to regulate the ratio of good and bad foods we put in our body. Avoid having takeouts or processed food in the form of ready meals. Sure they’re easy to cook, but they’ll be higher in sugar, salt and everything else your body doesn’t need in such high doses. Opt for lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and think about protein bars while working out so that you get the most from the exercise.

Wear The Right Attire

Fitness fashion is something that’s become pretty popular within the fashion industry. And while it looks stylish, some of it is likely to be impractical for actually exercising. So invest in the right attire, depending on the type of exercise you do. Proper trainers for running while avoiding shin splints and other leg injuries and breathable fabrics are great to let the body sweat at a normal rate. Heavy fabrics that suffocate the skin are going to make exercising more uncomfortable and will clog up your pores which can cause breakouts.

Consider Type Of Exercise

The type of exercise matters to your body because some of us may be able to do swimming, while others find weight training more enjoyable. Motivating yourself to exercise is often difficult enough, so go with something that you enjoy doing yourself and not just because someone else you know is doing the same thing and loving it. We’re all different, that is what makes us interesting! You can also fall out of love with a certain type of exercise so don’t be afraid to try something different if your passion for that one changes.

Cross training is something that can help avoid injury too. This means doing something different each day so that your body isn’t overworking the same muscles constantly. Create a routine where one day you opt for cardio, the next you work in arms and the day after you work on the legs. Make sure you take a rest day so that the body can recover properly.

Get A Personal Trainer

Motivating yourself to get out of bed early to go running or to trek across to the gym after work can feel almost impossible. Therefore, it may be worth considering an extra helping hand in the form of a personal trainer. Personal trainers are a great motivator as a reason to get to the gym or a space because you’ve committed to an appointment and then you’ll not only be letting yourself down but the PT if you fail to show up. Personal trainers can cost a lot of money, especially if you live in the city so you should really consider this if you find it impossible to motivate yourself at the gym or you find it more beneficial having someone by your side spurring you on to finish the exercises. Make sure that if you’re going to look for a PT, that they are offering the training that you require. It’s not going to be as useful if you’re wanting to train for a marathon and the PT you pick is someone that specialises in boxing.

Know Your Trouble Areas

As we get older, our body does tend to find things a lot harder, and we can often have one or two ‘trouble areas’ on our body where if you were to overwork yourself, it could be more likely to cause injury. Weak ankles or wrists are often common so tailor your exercise to avoid these problem spots so that you can workout without risking unnecessary injury to yourself.

Listen To Your Body

Rest days are essential to help your body to recover and repair because if you’re over-exerting your body all the time, the likelihood of you injuring yourself is going to be high. Only you know how much your body can take so listen to it and if you need extra rest or you feel like you can push yourself a little further, do it. Often enough, we can ignore the obvious signs when our body is under stress.

You don’t need to rush when it comes to exercising. Building it up as a habit can take time, and it’s important to go at your own pace.

Keeping fit is encouraged so that you can live a long and healthy life. Take caution when you exercise and be sure to eat well and get rest when needed.

Top Toys That Develop Creativity in Children

Toys should not just be entertaining. For children, playing is life. Why not take this chance to help them develop their cognitive or problem-solving skills? A creative play toy box is not limited to just arts and crafts. Toys that spark their imagination or promote role-playing are just as good. The best creativity toys are those that kids want to keep on playing with rather than those they easily get tired of.

Puzzles

Puzzles allow kids to problem solve at their own pace. You might be tempted to help them, but step back and let them come up with their own strategies. Puzzles exercise the mind and challenge the way of thinking. Playing puzzles develops their cognitive and problem-solving skills, hand-eye coordination and fine motor development. Accomplishing a puzzle can bring satisfaction to them, boosting their social skills.

Building toys

Building blocks are great open-ended toys for children. Since they are open-ended, they promote open-ended play. They spark their imagination, develop their fine motor skills and allow them to solve problems. It is better to have them play with open-ended building blocks rather than those they will assemble to form a specific figure. Watch them create structures or combine blocks with other toys.

Artists tools

Kids love to write or draw whatever they like, so give them writing instruments to let them express creativity through art. Larger crayons or markers are great for smaller kids. Choose washable variants to minimize mess. Craft sets can be easily bought, and they are worth the investment.

Moulding dough and clay

Play-dough is another open-ended toy that encourages children to think while enjoying. The advantage of using this toy is that they can easily mash it together if they do not like what they created. It develops not just creativity but also fine motor skills, social skills when played with other kids, and even their sensory and language skills.

Dress up toys 

Dressing up offers benefits that you might never have thought about. It fosters imagination, allows children to explore themselves, helps establish their identity and improve their communication. Help them enjoy role-playing by gathering materials and accessories that reinforce the experience. They can put together a show and play with other kids, which also develops their social skills.

Pretend play toys

Toys such as food sets, kitchen items and the like all encourage imaginative play. Children love playing with food toys because they are exposed to food every day. This also allows them to imagine and combine things. This is best done with other kids to enhance their social skills. Dollhouses and dolls are girls toys that also foster creativity.

You should enhance their creativity first, before teaching kids to be innovative. Toys that foster this are certainly worth the investment. They teach children to be creative, to think flexibly and solve problems. As parents, it also pays to play with your children. Creativity always starts at home and is not only limited to arts and crafts; anything that exercises their minds and sparks their imagination helps kids become creative thinkers.

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Tips to Refresh your Home at the Start of 2019

As we move into 2019 many people will be looking to refresh their homes with a new modern look. Here we cover several top interior design tips you could use in order to do so.

• New theme

Changing the style to your home is a very good way of giving it that new updated look. This could be done through simply changing the colours around your home. Using a selection of no more than 2-3 core colours is usually the best approach.

• Making a statement

Many people are now looking to make a statement with the style of their home, whether this be through a floor rug or a modern composite door such as the ones at Truedor. Rugs add comfort to almost any space, the right one can push forward a striking statement. It is important to look over the proportion of your room prior to selecting a rug.

• Artwork

Adding artwork to walls can completely change the overall look of the room as on many occasions these are neglected. There are an endless list of different ones to choose from, so you can give your home that preferred style you are looking for.

• Plants

Adding greenery to your home or workspace can really improve the space. It can be a ready compliment to the room, when added to a neutral colour scheme.

• Style right

Choosing the correct décor is very important. Simply keeping things arranged in groups of different heights, textures and tones instantly gives the room that greater visual interest.

• Lighting

Lighting is possibly the most important factor when it comes to creating a modern inviting home. This can be through allowing more natural light into your home through the correct windows in place. Or simply adding floor and table lamps around the living space to create a bright home. Creating a warm glow to a room, is a great and simply way to modernise the space.

• Minimalism

The final tip is being simple. Minimalism is continuing to grow in popularity and is a great way to not only give your home a modern look, but will enable you to enhance the space around the room and home in general.