Showing posts with label Relationships. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Relationships. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Keeping Your Relationship On the Right Track

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While you and your partner may bring smiles to one another’s faces naturally, it’s important to ensure that you make a conscious effort to maintain and maximise your relationship at all times. All too often, people will begin to take their partner for granted or will stop making enough effort and things will begin to hit the rocks. Here are a few things that you can do to avoid this. They’ll help to keep your relationship on the right track at all times.

Decide Whether Your Relationship is Worth Continuing

First, let’s start out by saying that not every relationship is worth continuing. If you’re experience troubles, it’s important that you take some time to decide whether the issues you’re facing can be overcome with reasonable effort, or whether you would be better off walking away. There are some issues that are irreconcilable. These can range from serious issues such as domestic abuse (which can be physical, mental, emotional, financial and more) to less dangerous issues such as simply not being in love anymore. Remember, leaving is always an option. There are countless people out there who can help you with this process, such as support groups, helplines, or lawyers. You can see more here.

Communicate With One Another

So many relationships fail because of a lack of communication. Open communication is extremely important in any relationship. When people bottle their emotions up, they tend to boil over and express themselves in unacceptable or unhealthy ways. You shouldn’t be having blaring arguments with your partner every day. You shouldn’t be unhappy regularly. If you have a problem or something is upsetting you, communicate it. See if you can reach a compromise or work to resolve whatever it is that’s upsetting you. You should also communicate when you feel happy or good. Knowing what brings a smile to your face can help your partner know what to do more of.

Stop Comparing to Others

Nowadays, we have others’ lives thrown in our face constantly through social media. But avoid comparing your relationship to those you see online or in person. People tend to only show the better parts of their relationships. They don’t post their arguments on social media and they won’t argue with one another in public settings. So, don’t see everyone else’s relationships through rose tinted glasses. Focus on your relationship, not other people’s. If you’re happy in your relationship, you’re happy and that’s good!

These are just a few different areas you can focus on to keep your relationship on the right track. There may be some situations where you won’t really benefit from hanging around. But if your relationship is more good than bad, you can find ways to be happier and more compatible with a little work!

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Finding out that a loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol is a terrifying and saddening realization. Whether you found out about someone's addiction because you witnessed it or because he or she told you about it, you want to do everything you can to help your loved one. If you find illegal drugs or you suspect that someone's life is in danger, you must call the police and emergency services immediately. However, when your connection to the person is a little more distant, educate yourself about the following issues before you step in to help.

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Rehabilitation services such as 28 day rehab Denver remove people suffering from addictions from their routines. This separation from triggers and the source of substances to abuse helps addicts to regain control of their lives. In addition to removing them from problematic situations, most rehab facilities offer counseling to help them figure out the best way forward once they leave the location. Rehab can be forced by a court in extreme situations, especially when the person is underage. Usually, though, people with addictions have to choose to enter rehab themselves, and they often need to start several times before using the program to permanently change their lives. Your loved one may not be willing to consider rehab for some time, but you should still research the options in case he or she becomes curious.


When people have become addicted to a substance such as alcohol or cocaine, their bodies depend on the presence of that substance. Stopping the use of abused substances is much better for people's overall health, but as they stop using the drug in question, their bodies react violently. Symptoms of withdrawal vary depending on each person's physiology, the drug in question, and how long the person abused it. Drugs such as lofexidine can help mitigate these symptoms, although they are often expensive and may not be covered by insurance. Still, prepare yourself for your loved one to experience physical issues such as shaking and headaches as well as mood changes during the withdrawal process.

Addiction is a horrible disease that negatively impacts the lives of the person who has it and everyone who loves him or her. After you find out that one of your loved ones is struggling to overcome addiction, educate yourself about rehabilitation and withdrawal so that you can support him or her through this difficult process.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Gifts To Show Your Lover That You Care

When it comes to buying gifts, they say it's the thought that counts. That's never more true than when you are trying to show your boyfriend or girlfriend that you care. In truth, the sentimental value is far greater than the monetary value.

Here are eight priceless ideas that truly show how much you care.

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1. The Home Date Gifts

Spending time together is truly the greatest gift of all, and you don't even need to leave the house to make it happen. In fact, you can also embrace your joint love of geeky gifts, such as gaming or home cinema experiences. For the latter, a home popcorn machine can work wonders too. If joint interests aren't an option, do something that is focused on what they love.

If nothing else, you can use this as bargaining power when picking dates outside of the home...

2. Something With Rare Historical Value

Anybody can pick up the latest jewelry from the local mall. However, necklaces or rings that incorporate Megalodon teeth make a far greater statement. After all, the number of pieces available is limited due to the shark species being extinct. When jewelry isn't an option, sports or music memorabilia can offer historic and rare value.

Crucially, it's an idea that shows you have made a significant effort to find the ideal gift for your lover.

3. Write Them Something

Whether it's a poem or a song, writing something for your significant other isn't cheap. It's priceless. It's something that you have put your heart and soul into, which will have a telling impact on the recipient. Even if you aren't quite up to the standards of a professional, writing down the best things about your unique love story is sure to bring a smile or two.

However, it is highly recommended that the gift is accompanied by something they can unwrap too.

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4. Name A Star

Your partner is your everything. Naming a star after them is a great way to show them that they mean the world to you. The idea itself is very simple, but it can be combined with other ideas. A walk under the stars, followed by the reveal is a great option. Fireworks – ideally silent ones – can also add something special to their birthday or your anniversary.

Presentation is the key for this type of gift. Get this right, and you'll be destined for success.

5. Personalized Photo Gifts

Thanks to the benefits of digital communications, it is now a very easy task to create personalized photo gifts. Creating photo books are the ideal way to celebrate the amazing experiences you've shared up to this point. Canvases for the living room or hallway wall are ideal too. Likewise, photo gifts, such as keyrings and mugs can leave the desired impact.

When using the latter idea, a joint gift where you each keep one half can be a great solution too.

6. Adopt An Animal

If your significant other is an animal lover, adopting an animal is a great option. Whether it's an endangered species or their favorite animal doesn't matter. The sentiments are particularly strong, while regular updates offer an ongoing gift. If you live together, you may alternatively want to consider getting a pet instead.

Either way, the animal is something that you can love together. It brings you closer together.

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7. The Big Statement

Depending on what stage of the relationship you are at, big statements can be made. This can include giving your lover a key to the property, asking them to move in, or even getting engaged. The show of commitment is a truly special gift. And, it can also link up nicely with other gifts, such as the keyring idea for when asking them to live with you.

Avoid making the big statement for the sake of it. But when it feels right, this gift is amazing.

8. Career Support

If your partner is passionate about chasing a new career goal, why not support them with your gift? Booking studio time for a musician, acting classes for an actor or a new camera for a budding photographer are all great options. The show of belief and confidence can make a world of difference to their ego and motivation.

It could also make the gift hunting process a lot easier for the years to come.

The Final Word

Sentimental gifts do not need to feel cheap. Likewise, they do not need to cost you the earth. Find the right balance by finding something personal, and you won't go far wrong. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

3 Things To Do With Your Best Friends

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Date nights with your partner or spouse are important, but don’t forget to make some time for your best friend. If it’s been too long since you’ve created a new memory together, why not take a trip or try something new? Here are three unique things you can try with your best friend.

Horseback Riding

If the two of you are animal lovers, horseback riding Roachdale IN is the perfect activity to share. There are plenty of farms with experienced instructors that are willing to teach you. Consider booking a trail ride through the woods or learning the different styles of riding.

Rock Climbing

Although rock climbing looks terrifying if you’ve never done it, there are plenty of safety measures in place. Grab your friend and sign up for a lesson to learn how to properly tie into a harness and belay each other, a technique in which one of you will climb and the other will feed the rope through a device attached to their own harness. This is a great hobby that will build trust and let you work together.

Circus Arts

If you’ve ever seen a Cirque du Soleil show and wondered if you have what it takes, then it’s time to talk your best friend into finding out with you. Search for aerial fitness or circus schools near you to find a beginners class. From silks to tightrope walking to pole dancing, there are dozens of possibilities. You and your friend will have lots of laughs and get some great pictures out of this occasion.
After you’ve tried something totally new together, relax with a few mimosas at the local brunch hangout. Why not make it a goal to try something new once a month? Making time for each other is important and will bring you closer. 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Beautiful, Small Ways Of Letting Someone Know You Care

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We all have special people in our life, and if you haven’t, don’t worry, you likely will soon. People are bound to find those they care about sooner or later, because we are all especially social creatures and enjoy seeing the best in one another, at least in positive environments. Yet we all know that keeping up these relationships and ensuring friendships last is to maintain said relationship through care, attention, and contact.

So how can you let someone know you care without overdoing it? A little note may serve as a pleasant surprise, as may a complimentary text or instant message, but what if we wish to apply ourselves in a more substantial manner? It’s worth asking this question, because it can adjust the approach you take. In the following advice, we hope to help you structure that advice, and potentially come out of the effort with love, care and respect for said person, and for them to appreciate you in turn.

Just remember, only partake in this if you truly do mean it. It will make the result all the more special:

Gifting An Experience

The gift of an experience not only helps you bond with the person you are gifting, but it grants you an expeirence to share that only the two of you may ever be fully in ownership of. For instance, taking your grandmother to the theatre to see a broadway play, or to enjoy an amazing musical can help you bond over said experience, and it can be a lovely way to grow a sense of companionship with someone you may not experience much time with in general. Then, as you reminisce over said experience while you both enjoy a beautiful Turnbuckle pretzel, you can schedule your next adventure together in the best manner.

Include Them Correctly

Including someone in your daily adventures can be a great idea to show them that you care. For instance, you may have to travel to a certain city for a job interview, which may translate into an overnight stay in a hotel and a nice few hours to explore. You might ask your friend to come along with you and have dinner in a beautiful restaurant that night. Impromptu means of including someone in this capacity can really show where your true priorities lie.

Believe In Their Best Self

Sometimes, an encouraging word is enough. While it’s important for us to hold ourselves to account and to keep ourselves motivated, sometimes there’s nothing more effective than a warm word from a friendly and encouraging voice. If we can be that voice for someone else, we let them know that they care, and this gives them the chance to feel even stronger. Just be sure to mean what you say, because undue praise aimed at making the person feel good at any cost can come across as a little insincere.

With this advice, we hope you can let that special person know you care.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Making That Proposal As Perfect As Possible

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Most people have an idea of how they would like falling in love with someone, and how that might lead into finally settling down with the person of their dreams. But the reality, especially in the important moments, is rarely how we picture it. That shouldn’t be something to lament, because oftentimes it can be even better than you may have first imagined. It’s worth making that potential known, because it opens up many options, particularly if you’re the one who needs to generate them.

Making that proposal as perfect as possible can be a worthwhile place to start, and a measure of planning that grants you confidence and comfort knowing that you want this more than anything else in life. Note that we add the ‘as possible’ to show that no proposal can be truly perfect, because it’s hard to know by what measure to achieve that. However, we can make it as perfect as we can for you, and that means tailoring excellent timeless wisdom to your own ends.

We’d like to offer some of that wisdom below:

Additional Sentimental Value

Consider what additional sentimental value you can add to the proposal to make things special. For instance, you may ask the band of a local restaurant to play your favorite jazz track as you’re about to pop the question, something that most hospitable establishments will only be happy to adhere to provided you give them plenty of notice. Perhaps taking them to the first place you met or renting out an entire part of a stadium late at night for the best view can help you add something special to the event, something extra to remember it by.

Public vs. Private

Not everyone wishes to be proposed to in the middle of a baseball game while their response is broadcast on the large game monitor for everyone to see. Some people wish for a private affair, together after a long walk through the Parisian streets, or perhaps along a beautiful stretch of beach you have both been walking together. Some do wish for that spectacle, some would rather anything but. Be sure to understand what your potential spouse may like and cater accordingly, it can have a large effect on how successful you are.

The Perfect Ring

While finding the perfect ring can mean different things to different people, it’s no less important to find something that allows you both to feel proud and that will serve as a milestone in your relationship. This is where services such as Whiteflash are so important, because not only do they help you assess the best rings for your possible purchase, but they hope to secure your business through ensuring you know exactly what you’re buying, such as staying clear about the kind of gems you are purchasing, what the value of a certain item is, and how this investment could truly help you.

With this advice, we hope you can make that proposal as perfect as possible.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Making It Through A Funeral With Care

Funerals, no matter how well organized, no matter how supported you are, are not events we hope to attend many of in our lifetimes. Unfortunately, they do happen, and when they happen, it’s important to care for them as carefully and respectfully as possible. This is why funeral directors up and down the country continually exercise the utmost professionalism, ensuring that they shepherd a family through this process as carefully as they can, avoiding added distress as much as possible.

Yet as someone organizing the funeral, or simply having to experience it, this period of time can be very difficult. No guide like this can help you erode that difficulty completely, unfortunately. It is why funerals can be hard to deal with. However, we can offer you some guiding advice to help this experience progress steadily, to help you feel the most supported throughout, and to pay respects to the departed as humbly and modestly as you can.

Let us consider how you can make it through a funeral with care, particularly in an organizing context:

Resolve Disagreements

Sometimes, it can be that disagreements occur. This can be normal in any organizational context, however it can sometimes feel extremely stressful when trying to plan a funeral to this extent. This means that mediation, speaking to people carefully due to the current high emotions being felt, and always listening to everyone’s point of view is important. Sticking to how the deceased might have wished for their procession to go can be a great idea, as well as listening to the closest members of their family. Don’t be afraid to be humbled or to change the plans according to the wishes of your family members who might know better but need help. When communication thrives, events like this can be planned with care.

Consider Cost

It can be very important for families to pitch into the overall cost of a funeral. Sometimes, services such as BSF can provide you with the funding you need to send off your relative in a timely and respectful manner. It can take a frank and honest discussion with your family members, or  those whom you are helping organize. Don’t sign onto anything unless you are certain that the money can be raised in the future. However, with this kind of effort, some breathing room can be established. On top of that, crowdfunding elements can help you set a goal and funnel the cash correctly should you wish for accountability.

Do Not Force It

A funeral is best when it is respectful and simple. It is not like a wedding, where extravagance and luxury can often be something aimed towards. Instead, simply giving a humble send off for your family member and letting your love be present is important. This can sometimes be why inviting those who had little contact with the departed can be unnecessary. This way, you will care for the best outcome.

We are sorry that you have to deal with this. But with these tips, planning a funeral with care will be a real possibility.

Friday, January 25, 2019

If you have a close friend or a family member who is recovering from an illness or injury, it’s natural to want to do everything possible to help and support them, but how do you make sure that you do and say the right things? It can be challenging to find the right balance between taking over and being too intrusive and ensuring that your friend knows you’re there whenever they need you. Here are some tips you may find helpful. 

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Offer an ear

Often, when you have to deal with the aftermath of an injury, or you’re struggling to cope with a long-term illness, it can affect both your mental and physical health. Sometimes, people find it easy to talk, but in other cases, opening up is a real challenge. If you have a friend who is recovering after an accident or a relative who has been diagnosed with a chronic mental or physical illness, you can help them out by informing them that you are there if they ever want to talk. This might be the invitation they’ve been looking for to discuss their feelings or emotions, or it may simply give them access to somebody to call upon if they need cheering up or they fancy talking about something that takes their mind off their injuries or symptoms. 

Do some research

If you’ve never been in the same boat as your loved one, it can be difficult to appreciate and understand what they’re going through. If you feel like you’re in the dark, it’s really useful to try and learn more about the condition or the injuries and complications your friend is faced with. If you’re trying to help a friend recovering from an eating disorder, for example, talk to their doctors, read up about the specific disorder on the Internet using reputable, reliable sources, and take an interest if they’re willing to talk to you about their illness and how it affects them on a daily basis. You might be interested to see an anorexia recovery meal plan or to talk to people who have been through the recovery process and emerged the other side. You don’t want to spout facts at somebody or tell them things they already know, but it helps to have an understanding. 

Be positive

When you’re feeling low, and you’re struggling with your health and wellbeing, you need people around you like never before. Try and be a positive influence, and ensure that being around helps your friend. Encourage them if they’re showing signs of progress, build their confidence, and urge them to keep going if they’re getting frustrated by the speed of their recovery. Be a cheerleader and play to your individual strengths. Perhaps you’re not the person who is necessarily the best at giving practical advice, but maybe you can bring a smile to that person’s face every time you see them because they think you’re funny and you take their mind off their recovery. 

Most of us go through periods when we need others to help us out. If you’re eager to support a loved one, hopefully, this guide will benefit both you and your friend. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

It’s easy to take your parents for granted, and because they’re the parent in this relationship, you might forget that they often need your help and support too. That’s why you need to be ready to help them look after their health and general wellbeing as they get older. It doesn’t have to be a burden for you, but even helping them out in small ways can make a real difference to how they live their lives. So read on to learn more about the specifics of all this.

Start by Talking More

First of all, you’re going to need to get into the habit of talking more to your parents about the situation they’re in with their health. That means the conversation you have will be entirely dependent on what situation they’re in right now. Only when the dialogue is open is it possible for you to be truly helpful to your parents. Nothing gets archived when nobody’s talking.

Don’t Let Them Rely on Public Transport

One of the things that gets harder when you’re a little older is getting from A to B. It’s one of those things that seems so effortless when you don’t have to think about it. But getting around and trying to navigate public transport can be difficult for people who are a little older. So get into the habit of taking them to where they need to go as often as you can. That way, they won’t have to rely on public transport so much.

Ensure The Care They Receive is Up to Scratch

If your parent is already receiving care of one form or another, it’s important to make sure that they’re being cared for in the right way. Check up on them and get to know their carers. That way, you can be sure that nobody is mistreating your parents in any way. If you do find examples of mistreatment, visit Gray Law Group and get legal advice from there. You can’t just accept things like that.

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Listen to Their Wishes

They’re the ones who should be in the driving seat when it comes to how you help them. You shouldn’t assume that you know best because that’s not necessarily the case. It’s important that you recognise the types of roles that you’re going to have to assume. Being a good listener is where all that begins.

Take Steps to Help Them With Mobility

Mobility can be a big problem, and it’s often biggest in the home. Even simple modifications to the home can make it so much easier to get around for your parents if their mobility is faltering a little. It’s also a case of confidence. With the right support in place, they’ll feel much more confident on their feet, which has to be a good thing.

Looking after your parents in their older years is not always easy, but it’s a challenge that you have a responsibility to take on. After all, they were always there for you when you needed them most, so it’s only right that you should help them out in any way you can now that you have the chance to.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Art Of Thoughtful Gift-Giving

There is nothing lovelier than getting someone that you love a gift. You get to choose something that they would love, proving – in a way – how much you know them and how generous you are. Everyone loves getting a new gift, but it’s the thought behind the gift that really counts. Anyone can pick up a box of chocolates or a bunch of flowers, but the gift that you buy is going to really tell people what you think of them and how much you love them.

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Giving gifts isn’t entirely selfless, as you feel good doing it. You can bust stress by giving and you can lead a happier life knowing that you have taken time out of your day to make someone else’s brighter. There are certain things that a thoughtful gift-giver will get up to when they make a choice to buy for someone else, and if you adopt these habits then you will also be just as thoughtful!

Plan ahead. A person who is putting effort into giving a gift is planning ahead at all times to ensure that they get the best possible gift. If you’re going to buy collectors coins from somewhere like then you need to ensure post times and that they have the right gift in for you. Taking the time to think about the recipient’s personality and desires is important, and you can do that by carefully planning ahead.

Money DOES NOT matter. When it comes to the perfect gift, a budget isn’t always a consideration. Givers who are going for the most thoughtful gift shouldn’t focus on the price tag. Dwelling on the cost of the gift you want to give can take the enjoyment out of giving at all.

Make it personal. A personal gift given to someone often means more than something more generic. Giving a gift is a chance to let someone know how much you love them, appreciate them and want to see them smile. You don’t have to make the actual gift personalized, but you could gift wrap it perfectly to suit the personality of the recipient.

Get a little crafty. A thoughtful gift-giver knows the value of good glitter and wrap. Putting a little crafty effort into the gift wrap can really help the recipient to feel taken care of and wanted.
Presentation is everything. When you are getting a gift to someone, you can’t just chuck it at them with the price tag still attached. Giving a gift means presentation is important; you want the recipient to feel wanted by you and the effort that you put into that will help them to see how much you really care.

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Giving a gift has to be personal, beautiful and meaningful. If you want to practise the art of thoughtful gift-giving, you have to make sure that every effort goes into the present. Whether you gift a trip or gift something handmade, it has to have meaning. Make it count.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Treasure Those Special Moments

There’s those moments in your life that you’ll wish could last forever. There’s memories to come as well that you’ll hope will last a lifetime, especially if you have children. There’s just so much going on around the world and in people’s lives that it would be a shame not to capture it all. It doesn’t matter what it is, it could be a holiday, your child's first steps, your wedding day. They’re all special. Luckily for you, there’s ways to make sure these special moments do last a lifetime, and this article is here to make sure you’re capturing them all in the best way possible.

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Relive Them

Sometimes memories are that powerful and good that you just have to relive them. For this article in particular we’re talking about holidays. We’ve all been on that one holiday that was so perfect. The hotel was amazing, the food was great, the weather was lovely. Just everything seemed to go so right about that one holiday, leaving you with the major blues when you get back. But what’s stopping you from booking another holiday just like your dream one? There’s plenty of years left in your life to go and explore other parts of the world, so just for one year you might as well go for somewhere you know you’re going to have a good time. Often, the best holiday’s were before you had children, so if you want to make it extra special you can bring them along and relive your favourite time with your favourite people.

Make A DVD

This is one of the best ways of making sure you have your fondest memories with your forever. Plus, you can make enough copies to send round to family members. Everyone loves to see a good baby video, especially your parents, so giving them a disk full of them is going to be their dream come true, as well as yours. People tend to do this for weddings as well. That is one of the most magical days of your life, and for some people who couldn’t make it, the DVD makes up for the action they missed. Companies such as Nationwide Disc offer deals that allow you to replicate your fondest memories as many times as you want. For occasions such as wedding’s, this is one of the best ways of making sure everyone, as well as you, can enjoy the special day forever. It isn’t that expensive either!


One of the cutest ways of remembering those memories forever. If you’re one of those people who saves everything and puts it in a draw, then filling up a scrapbook is the perfect idea for you. You can print pictures and stick on the memorabilia you have collected over time. If you’re doing one that involves things you do with your children, it is the perfect gift to pass on to them when they become old enough!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Making Christmas Special When You Are Apart

The Christmas holidays are well and truly on the way, which means that now is the time to start getting excited about the upcoming festivities. Of course, if this year you aren’t spending Christmas with all of your loved ones, it can be somewhat difficult to get into the festive spirit. It’s hard when you aren’t able to be with your loved ones at Christmas, especially as the festive season is so family-focused.

Although it can be hard being away from your loved ones at Christmas, if this year you can’t all be together, try not to let it get you down. Instead, focus on finding little ways to make Christmas special without being together. To give you a helping hand, below are some tips and ideas for creative ways that you can make Christmas special even if you aren’t spending it with your whole family like usual.

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Keep up traditions

Does your family have its own special traditions? Whatever these traditions are, do your best to keep them up. Just because you aren’t all together, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still do the traditions that make Christmas for your family. Whether it’s eating pancakes for breakfast, opening presents at midnight on Christmas Eve, or dancing around to that one special song, don’t miss out those little traditions. Remember, it is the traditions that make it feel like Christmas, so skipping them is a big no-no.

Send gifts

Just because you are going to be apart, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t give each other gifts. Arrange to send gifts to your family and them to you, so that even though you aren’t together, you still have gifts to open on Christmas morning. When it comes to shipping gifts, particularly larger than average gifts, finding the right shipping service is vital - find a man and van service instead of using conventional shipping companies and you could save yourself a fortune. Christmas is expensive enough, without a huge bill for shipping all those lovingly picked out gifts. By sending gifts to your loved ones, even though you won't be together, you can ensure that the day is still special for everyone.

Utilize technology

Thank goodness for technology. Despite the fact that you aren’t going to be with your family this Christmas, you can still ‘see’ them on the day, it’s just a case of utilising technology, such as FaceTime, so that you can chat face to face. Why not organise to all open your presents at the same time on FaceTime? That way, even though you aren’t all together, you can still share the magic and fun that comes with present opening.

It isn’t always easy to make Christmas special when you know that you won’t be with all of your loved ones, but if you take note of the ideas above, you can make it a day worth celebrating. Christmas is about family, which is why finding little ways to include your family in your day even though you are going to be apart, is so important.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Don't Underestimate Mom Support

As a mother, you can easily become consumed by your kids. Their needs can far outweigh your own, even on the days you feel desperate for a shower, a hot meal and a reassuring hug. From the moment your child is born, you go from being your own person to being accountable for someone else. Their life depends on you, which can be scary and overwhelming as much as it gives you pride. If you have a strong partner with you through the early days of parenthood, then you know that you are lucky. A lot of new moms go through those days pretty much alone. Your days are stuck in the same routine from birth to teenage years, and it can get a little bit wearing! As a parent, you can find yourself becoming increasingly isolated from the people you once called your best friends. Getting onto different paths in life can be sad and leave you feeling alone at a time in your life where you need as much support as possible.

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A support system for a mother is an essential. Good people surrounding you when you are at your most vulnerable point can make a huge difference to the way you do things with your routines and your children. If you’re a seasoned mother, then you know the drill when a friend of yours falls pregnant: you need to be that support. The support system a mom needs should never be underestimated, and the amount of support you as a mom could give another is huge! No mother wants to ask for help; they believe they’re supposed to be doing it all alone and not being able to manage is a sign of weakness. In actual fact, asking for help is a sign of strength and there are many ways that you can help, and be helped, as a parent. We’ve put some of the best ways below for you.

Think back to when you first brought your baby home from the hospital. How into the chores were you? Not at all, we bet! A new mother has a tiny new life to get used to, so trying to fit chores in around that new baby, eating, showering and finding time to sleep isn’t easy at all. If you have a friend who is in the middle of a house move, then you know that they can benefit from a service like Pack Mom, and you can get a free quote to find out how other moms can rally around to assist in getting that house packed and ready for a move. There’s so much more a mom needs than flowers and advice – they need the chores done! So, roll up your sleeves and get stuck into the odd jobs.

If there is one thing that a new mother needs, it’s time. You may remember the drill from when you first became a mom. The hours seemed to melt into each other quickly, so one minute you’re holding the baby, then the sun goes down and you’re still holding the baby. Give your friend a heads up that you are on your way over. When you get there, tidy up, make some dinner and then take the baby off her hands. Give her a chance to go and shower, take a nap and have five minutes with a hot drink. No mom ever thinks about the small things that make them feel more comfortable, and so they let themselves get into a state. Postnatal depression is a real thing, but if you can be the support system your friend needs, you would be, right?

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Did you know that mom is always behind the camera rather than in front of it? If you’re a parent, you’ll already be very aware of this fact. Take a few photos of the new mom in your circle. It doesn’t matter if she’s in puke-stained pyjamas. It doesn’t matter whether she has her hair in tangles and her face unmade up. The early moments of feeling too tired to do more than concentrate on a new baby means that you can often miss those moments. Grab your camera and snap a few photos of the new mother in that stage of total euphoria and fear, so that she has that memory.

Older Children.
When you have a new baby and there are older children in the family already, it can be really difficult to spread the attention among the group. So, helping out by taking the older children out for the day to do some fun activities and even for a sleepover can really give a new mother a hand to adjust to a new routine. You don’t have to feed them sweets and treats to get them to feel good, either. Take them to a new movie or spend some time doing crafts with them. The guilt a mother can feel when she is dealing with a new baby and not spending time with the older children can be consuming, and when there are other hormones flying around it’s the last thing she needs. Support her by supporting her children.

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Go Out.
New mothers are often left behind by their circle of friends. It’s not always an intentional thing, it’s just one of those things where a new mother becomes overlooked as she continuously turns down invitations. Make a point of getting her partner to help by keeping the kids occupied and invite her out. Before a mother is a mother, she was a person first. A person with feelings, opinions and intelligence. Don’t underestimate the fact that motherhood has happened that she wouldn’t want to be treated that way still.

Being a support system for a new parent is just as important as having a support system for yourself. Never underestimate the need for a good support system, and never overlook the one that is around you in the form of friends and school moms. Your support can make such a difference to your life, so be the difference for someone else.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Secrets To Our Long Lasting Relationship

I met my husband 11 years ago to this day. 

Like many others, both of us were survivors of past tumultuous relationships. We talked about our experiences openly, and we soon found out that these conversations led us to heal. Ours was not the usual "first date getting to know each other" kind of thing. We started out as with a long distance relationship for a year until my husband decided to fly in and establish residence here.

How did we make it work? Of course there is trust and respect for each other. In addition to that, we never had any intent to change each other. Acceptance was what made this relationship strong.

Let me share our secrets to a long lasting relationship. Take a deep breath. Here goes...

Accept each other's uniqueness

My husband is American. I am Filipino. Two people from vastly different cultures living under one roof. It took a whole lot of adjustment for both of us. He could not understand the Filipinos' need to eat rice with every meal, and I could not imagine having native Filipino dishes without it. Pork sisig with mashed potatoes? Nah. I don't think so.

I have written an article a few years ago about how me and my husband are complete opposites and yet somehow manage to keep our relationship healthy. How different are we from one another? Well, for the record, he's handsome and I'm gorgeous. Ha ha.

Communicate and compromise

Relationships are not always full of the joys of spring every day. In reality, couples disagree and have their "moments" from time to time. Just like we do. I am a tinderbox ready to explode when I am swamped with work, and he is a crabby patty when he's in pain. Through the years, we have learned to avoid getting on each other's nerves during these "moments." The trick is to communicate your need and if it cannot be met, then settle for a compromise.

Learn from each other

It is very important for us to never stop learning from each other. My husband is like my very own Google. I don't need to do a search for something, I simply ask him and he knows! Whenever I compliment him and say, "Oh goodness, you're so smart!" He'd just reply with, "No, I'm not. My brain is just full of useless information."

He is trying to learn to understand Filipino, but after more than a decade, he only understands a few words. That's okay. I never grow tired of trying how to teach him how to properly pronounce the names of the cities or municipalities when he reads a news item about it. Our cultural differences are our bridge of learning. We are like toddlers, always curious about anything and everything related to being American and being Filipino.

Find humor in everything

Both me and my husband suffer from chronic illnesses. Although these are not life-threatening, there are days when things go bad. There's the back pains, the joint pains, the fluctuating blood sugar levels, the migraine headaches. During those bad days, we make it a point to find ways to distract our attention away from the pain. I greet my husband with, "Hello, Stephen!" when his joints are stiff. He says, "You're so sweet" when my blood sugar reading is high.

Our bodies are no longer the same ones when we first met. Eleven years ago I was fit and slim and he was fit and strong. Now, we don't look anything like we did before. Does that matter? Nope, not one bit. We may be old, but we are still in shape. He is now shaped like a long rectangle, and I am shaped like a trapezoid.

Keep the Faith

Putting God in the center of the relationship strengthens the bond between couples. My husband and I are both Christians. Although he's Protestant and I'm Catholic, we still believe in the same God. He reads the Bible almost every day and it is such an admirable trait.  He encourages me to read the Bible, and lets me know what to read when I encounter trials, need guidance or to praise and thank God for blessings received.

One of the biggest blessings I received is having my Poppa bear in my life. And I thank God immensely for that.

Little things are important to keep the spark alive

Simple, heartfelt tokens of affection go a long way. A warm hug as we  pass each other on the way to the kitchen, a kiss on the forehead to wake one up, or even just holding hands while watching a silly sitcom means a lot to us. Couples have terms of endearment for each other. Well, we do too, and we call each other "Poppa bear" and "Momma bear." We live in a "bear cave," and our kids are the "bear cubs."

Doing housework may be the most mundane task, however, the efforts we put in is enough to show how much we care for each other, and for our family.

The bears go through a huge pile of clothes in a week and laundry day means back-breaking labor for me. I know how important it is to keep choose the right laundry products for our clothes to be clean, fresh smelling and if possible, bacteria free too. So, I do not scrimp on laundry detergent. I also choose a good fabric conditioner that will give our clothes a long lasting fragrance.

Del is my fabric conditioner of choice for the longest time now. When I learned they had two new variants, Del Forever Joy and Del Forever Love. I just had to get some and try it!

My take on them? I give them a 10 out of 10! It does make our clothes smell fresher, longer! I just love opening my closet and discovering that my clothes still smell fresh and fragrant, even after two weeks have passed! It is true that Del Forever Joy and Love now has 15x longer lasting bangooooo versus a regular detergent brand based on consumer test in Metro Manila. Fantastic!

I also found out that Team Kramer, an adorable celebrity family with three active kids, also trusts Del to keep their clothes smelling mabango the whole day! Now that I am using Del too, I can be sure that  my sons won't smell stinky and sweaty when they come home from sports practice. My daughter will smell like she just came out of the shower even after her long commute to work. For me and my husband? We enjoy this new scent! More hugs, more closeness, more love!

Give no less than 100% in everything you do.

Whatever you do to keep the relationship strong, give it your best and give it 100%. Give your full attention and really listen to what your spouse is saying. It means a lot to a person when they know you are actively listening to them.

From cooking, to cleaning the house, to running the business, do it out of the goodness of your heart. Things done haphazardly will only be reason for misunderstanding.

I used to hate doing the laundry, however, I have found an hassle free way to get the task done. I soak the clothes overnight, run the wash cycle in the morning and finish off with Del fabric conditioner. I am hooked on their two new scents! I used Del Forever Love last week when I washed our beddings and curtains. Now our bedroom smells like a flower garden in full bloom! I love it! Check out Del's Facebook page and read about how people are raving about their products. You just have to believe in Forever!

For the record, I am not a marriage counselor or a psychologist. The secrets to our long lasting relationship are simple and come naturally. What works for us may be different from yours, as we all know that every relationship is unique.

Now that I have shared with you the secrets to our long lasting relationship, I would love to hear about yours. Share them in the comments below.

Live. Love. Stay Blessed.