Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wondering Where To Go For Your Next Read? I Have You Covered

As a voracious reader, I have known what it’s like to be on the hunt for a new book. There are thousands upon thousands of choices and you don’t know where to begin. It’s a problem that readers have faced a thousand times in the past and we’ve all come up with a few ways to find that next read. Whether it becomes a brief fling or the next love of your life is entirely up to you, of course.

Hunting specific recommendations for you
When you’ve really enjoyed a book or even poring through the canon of an author, I know it can be tempting to stay in that niche. Thankfully, there are sites that can help you do that. Places like What Should I Read Next are all about finding that last book you read and helping you find recommendations from it. For example, if you liked Haruki Murakami’s Wind-Up Bird Chronicles, you will get some Paul Auster books recommended thanks to the shared elements of mystery and surrealism. I would personally recommend that any reader stray beyond the waters they’re already treading, but I know what it’s like to have a fixation.
Delve into unexplored territory
Talking about straying into new worlds, there are a lot of ways to do that. Of course, you don’t want to pick up something that’s more likely than not to be a waste of your time. Instead, look to the must read books lists on hobbyist sites or even booksellers. There will be a lot of names you recognize as well as those you don’t. There aren’t really any wrong answers. It’s just good to have a bit of a basis to make your choice from. Those who truly love books (books in general, not just a few authors) rarely give you a terrible book. You might not like it, yes, but you will at least have a new experience.
Let them come to you
Reading this site, you will have undoubtedly seen the books I’ve been reviewing. On some of those reviews, you might see a disclaimer that I received that book to review from the publisher or author. For those who consider reading their favorite hobby, even a passion, therein lies how you find your new books. By starting a blog and simply offering to review, you might start receiving all kinds of titles from all kinds of sources. Of course, you have to review them as well. But that process can only deepen your love of books and help you pinpoint just what exactly you like and don’t like about them. It’s an introspective practice as much as it is a guide for readers.
Whether you want to stick to things you like or you want to go for something bold, there are ways to make sure you get a good read. Even if you don’t personally enjoy it, it’s worth exploring your boundaries and trying things you’ve never tried before. That’s how you expand your consciousness which is one of the reasons we all read in the first place.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Supermom! Easy Ways To Stay Fit And Healthy When You Are A Busy Mommy

When we are busy with the kids, our health gets put on the back burner. After all, there is little time to think about our health when we are changing a ton of nappies or taking our child to school! But taking care of your health is so important if you want to live a happy and healthy life. After all, you want to be around for your kids for as long as possible. Therefore, here are some easy ways to stay fit and healthy when you are a busy mommy.

Cut Back On Snacks
When we are busy with our child, we tend to snack throughout the day. After all, you might not have time to make a healthy breakfast when you are taking care of your kid. But then you tend to feel peckish, so you start snacking in the day. But the more unhealthy snacks such as crisps and chocolate you consume in the day, the more weight you are bound to put on! Therefore, you need to cut back on the snacks in your home. Make time to have three healthy and filling meals which will stop you from snacking. And if you are peckish while you are taking care of your kid, you should opt for a piece of fruit instead. That way, you can fill that hole without turning to high-sugar foods.


Get Fit While Playing With The Kids
A lot of us struggle to find time to exercise in the day. After all, we are so busy with our child that it goes to the back of our mind. And by the time they head to the land of nod, you are too cream crackered to start exercising. But you can aim to get fit while you are playing with your kid. For example, you could do some crunches while you are playing with your child’s Lego. Or you could get your child to do some yoga postures with you. After all, it will be a fun game for them to try and do the pose. Also, you should opt for physical activities to do with your child. It might be a game of football in the garden or even a bike ride around the block. Both of these will help to ensure you get fit while spending time with the kids! And it will assist in ensuring your child is getting enough exercise too.


Find Time To Attend Appointments
As you are busy looking after the kids, it can mean you have to cancel appointments. After all, you think you will organize it for a later date. However, for the sake of your health, you need to be attending appointments. Going to the doctors is so important if you think something is wrong. After all, they might spot something early which could save your life. So you should make sure you don’t delay going to the doctors. However, it can be hard to go in the day when you are busy with the kids. Therefore, ring your doctors and see if there are any appointments you could go to in the evening when your other half gets home. The same thing applies to the dentist. You need to go to appointments at least once a year to ensure your teeth stay in good condition. You can look on sites similar to 24hourdental.org to find a dentist you could go to first thing in the morning or in the evening! That way, your hubby can take care of your child while you get your pearly whites checked over!


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Go To Bed Earlier To Get Some Sleep
It’s hard to get enough sleep when you are a busy mommy. After all, little ones can be up for half the night. And it means you don’t get the recommended eight hours of sleep you need to stay healthy. Without a proper night’s rest, you might start experiencing higher blood pressure. And as well as this, it can lead to an increase of stress hormones in your body. So you might end up getting stressed out. And you can have reduced concentration skills which mean you might make mistakes with your child. Therefore, to ensure you get enough sleep, you need to make sure you head to bed early. That way, you can get some rest before your child wakes up in the night. And make sure you split the wake-up calls between you and your partner. That way, you won’t feel as exhausted the next day.


Don’t Skip Meals
When you are busy with your kid, we have a tendency to skip meals. After all, we just don’t have the time to prepare meals for ourselves. However, if you start skipping meals, you might feel light headed and faint. As well as this, it can lead to snacking and a bad mood. Therefore, you need to make time to consume meals. You might want to prepare your food at the same time as you make your kid’s dish. Or you could even make the meals the night before that you can consume the next day. That way, you and your child can eat meals together, and you will stay healthy.


Take Your Child Swimming
Little ones love to splash around in the pool. And it can make for a great day out for you and your child. But there are also health benefits for you if you take your kid swimming. For one thing, swimming is an excellent form of exercise. It can tone muscles and build up your strength. And it’s excellent for keeping your heart healthy. Also, swimming is relaxing so it can ease any stress you are feeling in your body. Therefore, take your child to the swimming pool for some water fun to keep fit!


Give Yourself Some Time Off
It’s so important as moms that we have time off. After all, it can help us relax and ease any stress we are feeling. So many women affect their mental health if they spent too much time inside with their kid. Therefore, if you want to stay fit and healthy, ask your partner to take care of your child for a couple of hours. You ought to go for a beauty treatment such as a back massage. And going for some beauty treatments will help you to feel like a yummy mummy too!


Exercise During Nap Times
One good time of the day to fit in some exercise is when your little one goes for a nap. After all, it gives you some time to fit in some quick stretches. Move into the next room and do some squats and crunches to help you lose weight. And if you are lucky enough to have a home gym, you could use equipment like a treadmill for 15 minutes to help you shift the pounds. And you can keep the baby monitor with you so that you are there once your child wakes up!


Go For A Jog When Hubby Gets Home
When your husband gets home from work, it’s an excellent time to get fit. After all, he can watch your little one while you head out for a jog around the block. Therefore, spare thirty minutes of your day to get some exercise into your life. You could even meet up with a fellow mummy to go for a jog around the area. You will feel much better once you return home after getting some exercise into your day!

And try and fit some meditation or yoga into your day. As it says on mylittlemoppet.com/, it’s perfect for moms as it helps to build mindfulness. That way, you are with your child, your complete focus is on them!
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Friday, November 25, 2016

Yummy Mommy: The Dos And Don'ts Of Being A Glam Mom

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No one wants to get older but, sadly, it is one part of life that we are unable to avoid. And one of the first signs that you’re getting old is having kids! Even though kids are a miracle and bring joy to many families, bringing them up can be extremely stressful. And all this stress can make you look a lot older than your years. There are plenty of anti-aging techniques that you can use to help turn back your body’s signs that it’s getting older. Not only that, though, but there are many ways you can take back your life and become a glam mom! Here are some steps that should help you add some glamour to your life.



Don’t Wear Too Much Makeup

Many women agree that wearing makeup can cover up a multitude of sins. However, this isn’t isn’t always the case. Especially if you are too heavy handed with the makeup brush! In fact, wearing too much makeup could make you look older than your years. If you apply too much foundation, it could end up looking cakey. And this will end up drying out your skin. Not only that, though, but too much mascara can result in your eyelashes looking like spider’s legs. And no one wants that!



Do Have Beauty Treatments
You deserve a treat every now and then, and there is no nicer treat than enjoying a beauty treatment and your nearest beauty studio! Some beauty studios even specialize in special treatments for parents. Including ones like a mommy makeover. It’s important to spend some time with yourself every week, and what better way to spend your free time than relaxing at a beauty salon!






Don’t Forget About Accessories
If you are struggling to find the time to hit the shops for a new wardrobe, there is a simple way to jazz up your current outfits. And that is by adding some simple but effective accessories! Accessories are a great way of bringing a bit more color to your outfits. For instance, if you have a dress that you now think looks a bit drab, you can brighten it up by wearing a silk scarf over it. You can also use statement jewelry to grab people’s attention. If you can’t afford a lot of expensive accessories, simply buy some statement shoes and a statement purse. These are key items that can really add sophistication to any outfit!



Do Focus On Your Good Features

Do you love your curves? Then why not show them off in a fitted dress or skirt? If you love you legs, you can always showcase them in a cute midi dress. Just don’t go overboard with a miniskirt, as that could end up looking slightly trashy. Whatever you wear, be sure to highlight your good features. Not only will you look amazing, but you will feel exceptionally confident!



There is no excuse being a slummy mommy anymore! Not now you know all the dos and don’ts of being a glam mom!