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Searching For A New Rental Home?

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The house we leave in is our home. Not only it’s weekly rental price, but it’s look and feel is affecting us whether we like it or not. Let’s not forget about the energy bills associated with it either!

A cheap rental house may come with a large energy bill, especially at winter. If that cheap old house is not energy efficient, you might end up with living expenses almost as high as if you would be living in a more expensive, but nicer, more comfortable, and more energy efficient house.

Therefore it is a wise thing to ask the rental agent some questions before applying for a particular rental home.

How much LPG is used by that continuous gas hot water system and how much it cost in a month?

What was the average quarterly electricity bill in the past year?

Is that pretty wood heater in the living room able to warm up the bedrooms as well at winter?

Is the house insulated?

When you inspect the house, look up to the roof, and see if the gutter is clean or full of leaves and sticks.

Are there mold marks on the ceiling or the wall? Is the tap dripping? The owner has the responsibility to maintain the house. If there are signs of neglect you can detect when you are inspecting the house, and you get no reassurance from the real-estate agent that those will be fixed before you move in, that tells you something about the owner.

Remember, you start renting on an as-is basis so look around very well and don’t rent it out if you don’t feel 100% good about that rental house.

 

Life In Essence Is Learning

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It never stops amazing me how much a baby or a child learns in one short year.

Make no mistakes, mum is learning with him or her. Maybe not that fast, but she is forced by life to learn the meaning of her baby’s cries and read his or her many signs.

When the child is playing, she is actually learning. Learning how to touch, learning how to balance herself or an object, learning from the different sinarios she is playing out.

I have noticed that children LOVE to discover new things, LOVE adventures, LOVE to learn, LOVE to play and as long as they are permitted to progress in their own peace, they keep the love of learning.

It’s only us, adoults who sort of lost our sence of fun about learning. Yet as mother and as an adoult, we are learning too, every day. But some people, as they get older and older, think they can’t learn anymore. This is just not true. One learns something new every day, but he or she has to notice it first. If I were to ask you, what did you learn today, I’m sure you could name a thing or two.

Every day is filled with opportunities to learn something new! Life is all about learning. The quality of our life shows how good student of life are we.

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We Want To Look Nice, But What Is The Price?

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I used to wondered what are those strangely named ingredients in the shower gel, shampoo, hand wash, toothpaste, hand creams and lotions etc. I did not carry a dictionary with me for shopping, and once I have purchased a beauty product, I did not care anymore. I have trusted that the beauty industry is not all about money, but they honestly want to provide a product that helps me to stay clean or young looking.

It’s all changed a few years ago when I have came across a great book about the many toxic ingredients that may be present in the body care products we use. I have started to read this book and I was shocked. I had to realize how ignorant shopper I was never questioning what is in the body care products I have used.

Samuel S. Esptein’s book: Toxic Beauty is a must read for everyone who is concerned about the wellbeing of their family. Not only it gives you an overview of the beauty industry, but it shares the information we need to know about the most commonly used chemicals and their biological effects. We have the right to know these, and we have the right to informed decisions and choice concerning the products we use.

Let’s look at Palmolive’s Antibacterial Lime Liquid Hand Wash.
Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lactic Acid, Cocamide MEA, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Salicylate, Glycerin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Benzophenone-4, Poloxamer 124, Lime (Citrus Aurantifolia) Juice, Lime (Citrus Aurantifolia) Oil, Cl 47005, Cl42090

What are these?

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is the most toxic ingredients on this list. When used in combination with other chemicals, it can form nitrosamines, a deadly class of carcinogen. It is also used to clean engines, garage floors and at car washes.

Cocamidopropyl betaine is a surfactant and foaming agent. It was voted 2004 Allergen of the Year by the American Contact Dermatitis Society per Wikipedia.

Lactic Acid is a penetration enhacer, improve the body’s absorption of other ingredients, which can be dangerous if those other ingredients include toxins

Epstein, Samuel S. (2009-04-01). Toxic Beauty: How Cosmetics and Personal-Care Products Endanger Your Health… and What You Can Do About It (p. 36). BenBella Books, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

Cocamide MEA is hormone-disrupting chemical that can form cancer-causing agents — research indicates a strong link to liver and kidney cancer.

Fragrance” is a euphemism for nearly 4,000 different ingredients. Most “fragrances” are synthetic and are either cancer-causing or otherwise toxic. Exposure to fragrances has been shown to affect the central nervous system.

Sodium Benzoate is a preservative that promotes cancer

Tetrasodium EDTA is a surfactant and hormone-disrupter

Poloxamer 124 – surfactant

Sodium Salicylate or salicylic acid is a penetration enhancer, improve the body’s absorption of other ingredients, which can be dangerous if those other ingredients include toxins

Cl 47005 – also known as acid yellow 3, or yellow 10, cosmetic and food colorant

Cl42090 – also know as FD&C Blue No. 1, Acid blue 9, D&C Blue No. 4, colorant & it is an allergen

Even if the amount of these chemicals are very law in a single product, the problem is that they are included in MANY products we use daily, and a lot of little amount add up. These not only endanger us, but our babies too.

As a clear illustration of how easily the chemicals a mother uses on her skin end up in her fetus, consider these findings: An analysis of umbilical cord blood samples taken from twenty-seven European volunteers, in a 2005 study conducted by Greenpeace International and Britain’s WWF (formerly known as the World Wildlife Fund), detected eight groups of contaminants.1 These included fragrances used in perfumes and personal-care products, and synthetic musks, used to replace natural aromas in cosmetics, hand creams, perfumes, and soaps. The most common type of synthetic musk, known as HCB, turned up in almost all of the blood samples taken. Musk ambrette, another synthetic musk, was found in twelve of twenty-seven umbilical cords tested—despite the fact that this ingredient had been banned in European cosmetics (though not in U.S. cosmetics) as a toxin since 1995.”

Epstein, Samuel S. (2009-04-01). Toxic Beauty: How Cosmetics and Personal-Care Products Endanger Your Health… and What You Can Do About It (p. 68). BenBella Books, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

I think it is truly alarming and I have switched all the beauty products I use. My one stop shop for toxins free beauty and household cleaning products is Modere. Use coupon code: 566605 for $10 off from your first order (works on orders over $50)

 

What non-toxic beauty products do you use? Please comment. 

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How Supermoms Do It All?

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As a Mum to my beautiful 3 year old daughter Amelia and Step Mum to my handsome 4 year old stepson Blaire, juggling full time work, running a Business and having family life sometimes can be tricky but it is all worth it.

Some people ask how do you do it? As like other mums out there you just do it and make it work and enjoy every moment with your kids.

As a mum we already have many titles for our name, we are the household chef, cleaner, nurse, photographer, friend and loving wife or partner for some of us. As having all those titles under our name MUM, some of us add on the titles and it can be challenging at some points.

For myself being a mum, working fulltime, running a business and having a social life at times can be stressful. Over time you learn you need a time schedule to make your busy life work.

When I say time schedule make sure to have ‘YOU time’ scheduled or you will crumble at points. Some people hate leaving their kids on their families to have that time. But at the end of the day, after you have that ‘YOU time’, you can then be the best version of a mother you can be.

Personally working full time, making lunches for work and school to be ready for the next day can also be the last thing I want to do once I am home each night. I have now become a popular fan of meal preparation for about twice a week, enabling us to always have healthy snacks and lunches available in our household.

As having a busy life you also have to make time to look after your own relationship with your partner and kids.

My partner also helps when he can but much like me, likes to keep busy and we enjoy every second we spend together as a family. When my partner isn’t working away we take turns in sorting the kids out after dinner. As a family we make it out and also schedule time for our family and time for us as a couple.

Exercising in a busy schedule is always tricky just make sure if you really want to fit it in just make it work, maybe you might have to schedule the alarm clock an extra 20-30 mins early to get up and do your workout first before starting your day or even before your little ones are awake. While saying that if your little ones are up and clingy don’t let that stop you just make them a part of your workout and do it together. Kids love using their energy up so what a way to do it and teach them a great habit for when they are older.

Every work night is a rush for dinner and to get kids ready for bed. But in saying that my kids bedtime is my favorite time after work as we read a few stories, cuddle up and have a game before they go to sleep every night.

As a mum you know SLEEP is much treasured after going through hard nights or newborn stages. To keep up with my busy life I have to make sure I have enough sleep to get me through the day and that means Monday to Friday I give myself a bit of bedtime schedule.

Starting each morning off on the right foot can be tricky also if you wake up to grumpy kids (each of us MUMS know what that is like). To keep myself feeling happy and on top of my busy life I start each morning practising gratitude and thinking what I’m grateful for in life, this is something myself is quite new too but loving it!! I make sure to start my day off on the right foot with my nutrition and a good breakfast. I know breakfast can also be hard in a busy schedule for school runs or day-care drop offs etc. If I don’t have enough time to have a healthy proper breakfast, I make a smoothie for a nutritious breakfast on the run or even in a snack during the day.

Adding to my many titles as of the end of this month I shall be studying part time as well as everything else too, Just because I’m a busy mum I am not letting my dreams or goals disappear, for I can show my kids anything is possible.

So as the busy mum lifestyle can be crazy or take some time to get use too, remember to always take time for everything and that you’re not a bad parent for being busy.

Good Things Are Happening Every Day

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There are countless things around us each and every day that we could be happy about, if we just notice them. The smile of your children, their first achievement in something, the fact that you have a smart husband, exactly that kind of a man you always wished for. The lunch or dinner you’ve cooked and it turned out to be really yummy; the plants in your veggie garden that are growing nicely; and the first delicious home grown strawberry you’ve just picked. Knowing that you have a secure job, that you have talent, that you have two legs and two arms, that you are healthy – are all reasons to be happy about.

There are many things that are right or has been done right in day to day life. The question is are we keeping our attention on these or we put attention on the bad news from the TV and the radio, on things that has been done wrongly in life, and listening to the ideas that negative people are plying us with? It is easy to sink down into a miserable feeling if we can’t see anything else but the bad things around us.

However the good news is; that you can control your feelings and you can choose to feel happy, even if everything looks doom and gloom.

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you will not see the shadows.” – Helen Keller

There are always more good things in life, than bad ones, and you will find that the more you keep your attention on the good things, the more good things you will find around you.

It may take a bit of practice to start noticing the good things when you are feeling unhappy. Remember, you have a choice! Why would you choose to feel miserable?

If you only have to do a little bit of a mental exercise and start to count up the good things around you in order to feel happier, can you force yourself to do it? Of course you can!

When you do it every day, soon it becomes a habit. When you have the habit of keeping your attention on the things that have been done right, on the success of yours and your loved ones, on the smile of the people around you, noticing that life is beautiful, than you will not only feel happy but you will attract even more things to your life that will make you happier and as commonly agreed upon healthier as well.

Day by day you can start feeling happier and happier and achieve more and more success in life.

Isn’t it what we all strive for?

 

How To Grow Beautiful Nails?

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I asked a friend of mine, who is a nail expert to give me some tips and information on how to improve the look of my nails. I think it worth to share.

The nails are not just ornaments of the hands but they provide protection by defending the ends of the fingers from potential hits.

Among the abnormalities of the nails – dryness is the most common. The causes of nail dryness are mainly the lack of vitamin A and the drying effect of the washing and dish washing agents.

If you have white spots on the nails these are indicators of lack of zinc.

The nails of your hands grow at about 4 mm every month, but their growth rate can accelerate in warm weather.

You can strengthen your nails with the help of a proper diet and natural oils. The most important properties of nail nourishing oils is that they nourishing both the nail-bed and the nail by filling them up with vitamins.

The Nail-bed

Many people think that the nail-bed doesn’t need nourishment. The dry skin around the nail can easily tear causing considerable pain. This can be easily overcome by the help of some natural oils resulting in healthy shiny nails and nourished nail-bed, that enhances its look.

Removing the dry skin from around the nails makes the nails look more neat. This however needs to be done with increased carefulness, as any damage made by the scissors can lead to the infections or inflammation of the nail-bed.

Nail Nourishment You Can Make At Home

A true classic recipe for nail nourishment is to combine lemon juice with olive oil. This is the easiest to prepare, just mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil with 10 drops of lemon juice and stir. You can apply this natural nail nourishment every day.

Or you could also try this one, mix one tablespoon of avocado oil and Jojoba oil, add 5 drops of lavender oil and 10 drops of calendula oil this can be used daily.

Vitamin E is also a great choice. Take a vitamin E capsule, press out the oil and rub in your nails daily. You will see outstanding results within a few days.

There are also other oils, such as almond, linseed, castor or pumpkin seed oil which are multi-functional as they can help revitalize not only your nails, but also your hair too.

How Does a Proper Diet Help?

The nails consist of several layers of keratin, which is a type of protein, so a sufficient amount of protein in your diet is vital for the natural growth of nails. It is also necessary to have adequate vitamin C.

The different food supplements are the most effective if they contain biotin and a wide range of the B group vitamins.

My Top Three Ways To Save Money

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In a lot of families dad makes the money and it is Mom’s duty to ensure that his pay goes a long way.

Mom is at home, so she has time to pay all the bills, to do most of the purchases of food, household items and to buy the necessary clothing. Does it sounds familiar?

When the family relies on one income, it is quite a task to provide all that necessary without the use of a credit card, and going into debt.

Here are my top three ways to easily save a considerable amount of money:

  • When I’m planning to buy electronics, furniture or pricier items, and I have an exact product in mind, I do a search on the internet and find at least three different retailers and compare their prices. Instead of just walking into Harvey Norman, first I check out their website and the website of Goodguys and any other local retailers. Than I know which sells item I want for the best price and it often can be a huge difference.Depending on the item, I check out Ebay and if the item is not too large and heavy and the postage is not too high, I buy it online. I found it to be cheaper to get my beauty products from Ebay. (Set up your Ebay search to show the listings by price lower to higher.)

 

  •  Many times I buy used items. I ask myself: do I need this item to be brand new or a used one will do the job? I needed a cloths dryer. My son was 2,5 years old and going through toilet training = lots of dirty pants and undies. It’s winter with lots of rainy days and it took long time for the cloths to dry. I realized that I do need a dryer now even if it won’t be very frequently used in the rest of the year. I have been able to pick up a dryer in perfect working condition from Gumtree for ¼ of the price of a new one. Gumtree is a great place to get bargains. I got a brand new bread-maker a few years ago for half price, the lady who sold it, got it as a present and she already had one. She sold it as she did not needed it.I used to pick up kids clothes new or used from Gumtree or Ebay for bargain price as well. Kids needs lots of clothes but they are growing them out quickly and more often than not, the second hand clothes are still in pretty good nick.

 

  •  I have started to pay off a little bit more than the minimum payments each time I’m paying our car loan. How does it saves me money? By having to pay less interest. I have calculated that by doing this I’m saving around $500 this year. If you have a loan, you can save on interest payable just by paying off 20% more each time than your minimum payments. That 20% extra will lessens your principal and can save you hundreds or thousands in compounding interest over the years.

There are many more ways to save and I will share a few more ideas in my next post.

9 Good Reasons To Drink Lemon Water Every Morning

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In my previous post about working out at the morning I’ve  mentioned that I start my day by drinking

a cup of lemon water.

Let me explain why!

 

There are 9 reasons to drink warm lemon water upon waking up before eating anything.

 

1. Balance pH Levels. It helps as it has an alkalizing effect in the body meaning the

higher or more your pH, the more your body is resistant to minor and major

diseases.

2. Helps to purify and stimulate the liver.

3. Helps to reduce phlegm in the body.

4. Can aid in weight loss. Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger

cravings.

5. Aids Digestion. Drinking any warm water but in the case lemon water every morning

helps flush the digestive system and re-hydrate the body for the day

6. Boost your immune system. Lemons are high in Vitamin C which is also great for

fighting colds

7. Clear skin

8. Energizes you and enhances your mood. Lemon is one of the few foods that contain

more negative charged ions, providing your body with more energy when it enters

the digestive tract. The scent of lemon also has mood enhancing and energizing

properties. The smell of lemon juice can brighten your mood and help clear your

mind. Lemon can also help reduce anxiety and depression.

9. Hydrates your Lymph System. Warm Lemon water supports the immune system by

hydrating and replacing fluids lost by your body. When your body is deprived of

water, you can definitely feel the side effects like feeling tired, lack of energy, stress,

lack of sleep and lack of mental clarity just to say a few.

10. Freshens Breath. Although Lemon freshen your breath and have been known to

help tooth pain,  You must be aware of the citric acid that can erode tooth enamel so

just be mindful brush your teeth before and not after you drink the warm lemon

water.

If you are trying to lose baby weight or just get your body back or even better then prefer I

can suggest drinking warm lemon water every morning and fasted cardio.

The Best Ways To Enjoy Summer

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young girl on the beach

Summer time is usually sunny, hot and dry in Western Australia. The best way to enjoy it is to go out early on the day to the beach or a park.

For a midday fun I used to fill up the little pool, that is placed in the shade for them.

My kids love playing on the playgrounds, but during the day it is just too hot for a walk or be outside on the sun.

As the best sun protection is staying in the shade, we usually spend the afternoons in the house.

Their favorite afternoon activity when it is so sunny and hot outside – is baking “star-cookies”. Now that warms up the house too.

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