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3 Ways That Upgrading Your Home with Tech Can Improve Your Peace of Mind

3 Ways That Upgrading Your Home with Tech Can Improve Your Peace of Mind

Self-confidence is a big deal. The more of it you have, the more likely you are to realise your full potential in any area of life, ranging from your professional life, to your social life, and even your gym-life.

 

Peace of mind, a related concept to self-confidence, is all about your ability to feel comfortable that things are the way they should be, and that you don’t have to worry about any dramatic upheavals or avoidable crises.

 

Typically, when people are talking about ways to improve your self-confidence and your peace of mind, they’ll be referring to purely psychological techniques. They may, for example, advise you to look into signing up for some sessions in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT – with a therapist.

 

As it so happens, however, your peace of mind isn’t always being held back purely because of a negative mindset on your part. Sometimes, you may have genuine cause for concern when it comes to your home and immediate environment.

 

Here are three ways that upgrading your home with tech can help to improve your peace of mind.

 

Install security cameras

 

The world isn’t quite as safe as we might like it to be, and even those of us who live in relatively safe and stable societies, still need to be mindful of basic security concerns, and to watch our backs.

 

Home invasions are one of the most terrifying prospects for many of us – the idea that someone violate the inner sanctum that our home is supposed to represent, and possibly do great harm to us or our loved ones.

 

Even if your home isn’t being stormed by armed men in the early hours of the morning, however, burglaries and antisocial acts are plentiful cause for concern.

 

Investing in security camera systems allows you to track and identify suspicious behaviour – such as people checking out your property – and contact the police. The very presence of a camera will also act as a deterrent.

 

Install built-in water filters, and invest in a HEPA air filter

 

“Sick Building Syndrome” refers to assorted health conditions, including respiratory issues, which occur as a result of being exposed to noxious air within an enclosed space.

 

Believe it or not, the air in your home may be poisoning, as assorted dust mite, mould spores, gases from appliances, and other toxins, fill the air.

 

Your water can likewise be contaminated, with plastic bottled water often being contaminated by hormone-disrupting xenoestrogens.

 

Install built-in water filters, and invest in a HEPA air filter, for your health and peace of mind.

 

Buy a smart thermostat

 

People are very touchy about the temperature inside their homes. There’s usually a very precise range within which people will feel comfortable, and where the cost of the heating will seem to be justified.

 

Smart thermostat technology, such as the Nest Learning Thermostat, will “learn” your preferences and habits, increase the temperature when you need it, and decrease it when you don’t, in order to save money.

 

With a smart thermostat you can allow your home to adjust itself automatically to your preferred temperature, while saving you money in the process.

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Tips and Tricks for Discovering Paris

By Guest Blogger, Marie N.

Tips and Tricks for Discovering Paris

Paris is the beating heart of Western civilization. Some people would claim that this honor belongs to London, but one can easily argue that, while London is indeed the heart of industrialization, Paris is the cultural center whence the traditional Western culture had come. Today, it stands like a gaudy monument to the aesthetic and architectural achievements that can hardly be compared to anything, or, for that matter, anywhere in the world. Every cosmopolitan globe-trotting traveler should visit this city at least once, and here are tips and tricks for discovering Paris.

Know the broad strokes

The city of Paris boasts countless museums and cultural hotspots, but it is the very city, the endless, intricate cobweb of streets, that represents the historical museum in and of itself. The city on the river Seine is, roughly speaking, divided into two gargantuan zones – Rive Gauche and Rive Droite, each beginning on the banks of this magnificent river and extending seemingly endlessly into the urban mist. The Right Bank, north of the river, used to be a zone reserved for aristocrats, while the left bank represents the Parisian heart of bohemia, where students and struggling artists used to dwell.

Today, the northern side is home to luxury shopping, alluring ateliers of artists and a melting pot of multicultural communities. Of course, it is not as simple as it used to be – the city has become appropriately larger over the centuries, so it is divided into roughly 20 neighborhoods that, once you look at the layout from a bird’s perspective, spiral clockwise. Curiously enough, this makes the shape of the city resemble a snail shell.

Sort out the priorities

As a newcomer to Paris, you definitely need to sort out your priorities when it comes to the landmarks you need to see. Now, before you even look at the map of the city and start deciding on where to go first, there are several attractions that should definitely top your list – the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame de Paris, The Louvre Museum, and the Champs-Élysées. After you see these four legendary locations/landmarks, your next set of destinations can be completely arbitrary and they are left to your imagination.

Introduce a comprehensive structure to your visit

The Paris is simply too big, overwhelming and rich in all things beautiful to be savored during a single visit. Without a proper touring “structure” to your visit, you’ll likely end up engulfed in chaos of uneven days. This is why it is absolutely crucial to introduce a comprehensive structure to your touring – which is why reliable and affordable Paris tours are so helpful. 

Walk around your neighborhood

Depending on where you are situated during your stay, the exploration and discovery of interesting places in your neighborhood can prove to be a truly surprising and delightful endeavor. Remember, there is hardly a single corner of Paris that doesn’t offer something utterly charming or interesting. Have a long walk around your neighborhood and see what surprises come your way.

Rely on alternative sources of inspiration

We live in a time when the only thing that separates us from endless information is the tips of our fingertips. Use your digital device and a local Wi-Fi access to cross-reference the matters that interest you with your immediate environment to find exactly what you want to see. There are countless alternate sources of inspiration that can turn your visit into a magical experience. For example, you can dig through Instagram accounts to discover Paris.

You can also direct your attention to numerous neat online guides to discover the best Paris has to offer without going through the hassle of listening to tour guides that are embroiled in a shouting contest with the traffic.

 

It is not a surprise to anyone that, once they set foot on the busy street of Paris, they find out how packed with tourists its sidewalks are. The city is a destination where rivers of people from every corner of the world coalesce and create a vibrant urban landscape that can only be rivaled by the streets of New York City and Hong Kong.

This is why a visit to its most legendary hotspots can be in equal measure mesmerizing and overwhelming, but if you feel as if the influx of impressions is overloading you, remember to turn around the less frequented corner and enter the rustic and idyllic alleyway that appears to be from a different place altogether. The city of Paris is filled with little oases of comfort and tranquility – you only need to seek them out, tips and tricks not needed.

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How To Create An Unforgettable First Impression

How To Create An Unforgettable First Impression

If anyone ever tells you that first impressions don’t count, don’t believe them. In fact, studies show that if someone feels negatively about you on first meeting you, it’s incredibly hard to change their initial perception. And from job interviews, to new friends, to finding love, it’s making those positive connections that has the power to really change your life. Think of your initial meeting as laying the foundation for a future, deeper relationship – you need those foundations to be solid in order to build something great. You have, on average, just seven seconds in which to make your mark – so how do you ensure that the impression you’re creating is a positive one?

Be Present

 

We go through life half-distracted by the constant tug of our smartphones or even our own thoughts, but when meeting someone for the first time, it pays to make sure that you focus on them. One of the most compelling behaviours for this is eye contact – if we don’t make any because we’re distracted, or too shy, it’s very hard to create a positive impression. Human brains are wired to respond to the chemicals generated when we lock pupils – serotonin, the ‘happy hormone’, oxytocin which gives a sense of wellbeing and bonding, and feel-good chemicals dopamine and endorphins are all triggered by this simple, evolutionary response. So it really is crucial to sincerely meet someone’s eyes when you are first introduced. However, there’s definitely a balance to be struck. Make too much eye contact, or come across like you’re staring and the gesture will backfire – you’ll come across as either aggressive or creepy! A few seconds of eye contact followed by a natural gaze around at your surroundings is best. If you’re meeting several people, say your partners’ friends or a panel at a job interview, make sure that you share eye contact with everyone, interspersed with looking at the room around you.

 

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Pay Attention To Details

 

Being well-presented is almost certainly a good way to win people over – there are a lot of snap judgements that get inferred from how you choose to present yourself. Rightly or wrongly, the speed and volume of information that is processed by the human brain when encountering someone new has evolved into a series of informational shortcuts, or judgements, that will form an unconscious bias about you based on stored information. And while it may be very true to say ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover’, unfortunately, that is exactly what we as human beings are wired to do. Make sure you cover off the details in any important situation – that your clothes are pressed and free of stains, your teeth are nice and white,  your hair is neat and you appear presentable. If you want to be memorable you could try a trick such as developing an outfit signature, like a colourful silk scarf, or even finding a signature scent such as a delicate rose perfume. People will begin to associate you with these attributes, and they can make you stand out in a good way.

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Conception’s Got You And Your Man Hot, Sweaty, And…Searching For A Surrogate?

Conception’s Got You And Your Man Hot, Sweaty, And…Searching For A Surrogate?

When it comes to conception, most of us imagine things will get hot and steamy. Sex between you and your partner might have been good before, but surely it’ll crank up a level when there’s added incentive? You likely expect to be at it like rabbits every chance you get. All the better for making that baby, right ladies?

But, what happens when things don’t go to plan? You’ve been trying for months and nothing’s happened. Then, you get the news you’ve been dreading. One of you is infertile, and suddenly your hot and steamy journey couldn’t seem colder. The two of you may go from jumping into bed every second to facing major marriage problems in one short appointment.

 

The good news is, infertility is by no means the end of the story anymore. With options like surrogacy, there’s every chance you can still go on to conceive a genetic child. But, you first need to go through the experience of finding a surrogate. And, it’s all too easy to lose the love during this stressful process. But, given you want to have a child because of the love you share, it’s essential you don’t let that happen. And, to make sure of it, we’re going to look at a few ways to keep hold of that intimacy, even when surrogacy is on your cards.

Focus on sex regardless

 

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So, sex isn’t going to lead to babies the way you’d hoped. But, that doesn’t mean you should stop making an effort in the bedroom. If it helps, remember that you’re still on the road to conception. Keeping on top of your sex lives can help keep that momentum alive, as well as preserving the intimacy. Focusing on sex can also help to alleviate any guilt the infertile party might feel. If your man received the bad news, for instance, he might feel that you’re withholding sex as a form of punishment. And, that type of feeling isn’t going to help either of you. So, keep making an effort here. Remember how much fun you had in the bedroom before babies were even on your cards. It might be hard at times, but you need to work to keep that going for the duration of your surrogacy search.

Do everything together

It takes two to make a baby. But, when it comes to surrogacy, it’s all too easy to slip into bad habits of separation. After all,  you’re both giving different samples without each other in the room. And, you may decide to do independent research to put your minds at ease. Before you know, you’ll be having very different experiences of what should be a shared journey. Make sure it doesn’t happen by keeping this between the two of you. Don’t go off into your own heads at any stage. Instead, attend appointments together. If it helps, ask if you can go in with your man while he gives his sperm sample. And make sure not to research alone. Instead, sit down and snuggle up with the laptop one night. Together, visit resources like the ConceiveAbilities Blog which can answer a lot of questions for you. Just the act of coming together like this can help to keep you close and build intimacy during a difficult time. Make sure, too, that you make decisions together. You’ll need to choose everything from your timeline to your surrogate herself. And, it’s essential this is done together. Otherwise, it’s all too easy for one partner to fall out of the loop.

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Keep communication open

Communication is always essential in a relationship, especially when it comes to sex. But, you guys know that, else you wouldn’t have gotten this far. The trouble is, when issues of infertility crop up, it’s all too easy for the shutters to come down. A mixture of embarrassment and reluctance to face the problem are natural. But, you need to lift those shutters before they lock on your love. Instead, make sure you’re discussing your feelings from day one. If you’re upset, talk about it. Make sure not to be touchy or take things to heart. Just listen to your partner, and work towards solutions together. There are sure to be difficult discussions along the way, but you can’t afford to skip them. Only by facing these things head on can you both stay connected for when your baby comes along. Though it may not feel like it now, that could be a lot sooner than you think.

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10 No-Fail Gifts for Music Lovers

10 No-Fail Gifts for Music Lovers

 

Getting a perfect gift may sometimes be the most difficult thing to do. This is mainly because in most cases, the money is limited and therefore there is a limited list of gifts you can easily afford. In other cases, it may be difficult to identify a gift due to the different tastes and preferences of people. However, below is a list of the 10 gifts that you can give to a music lover for any occasion.

 

For people who love music, buying them music related gifts would be the best move. Here are the top 10 things you can get a music lover as gifts:

 

1. An ergonomic keyboard

Many of the people that love music spend a lot of time with their computers. It is for this reason that an ergonomic keyboard would be the best gift idea. It is designed with a V-shape to ensure that both hands are comfortable even when using the keyboard for a long time.

 

2. Buy them a guitar or take them for guitar lessons

Many of the people that love music would love to have a guitar and learn how to play it in order to create and enjoy music. If they already have a guitar and they do not know how to play it, then guitar lesson would be the greatest gift.

 

3.Headphones

You can get the really light and in ear headphones so that they are not very heavy to carry around on their heads and necks. The headphones can also have Bluetooth connectivity for continuous music. This way, they are able to listen to music anywhere any time.

 

4. Give them a Spotify gift card

This is a gift card that enables the recipient to get 3 months free premium music streaming services. It is the perfect idea for any music lover irrespective of whether they have the service or not. This is because eve the people with the service can renew their subscription.

 

5. A Bluetooth speaker

It would be better to get them a smaller that is easier to carry around. In addition to being compact, it would also help to get a powerful speaker that is also good looking. When the quality of sound is top notch, then they are able to have more fun and appreciate the gift even more.

 

6. Rock n’ roll t-shirts vintage

Most of the music lovers appreciate rock n’ roll vintage t-shirts. There is a large variety for you to choose from when you want to buy one of r a music lover. The major advantage of this is that the t-shirts are simple and cheap but they have a lot of sentimental value to music lovers.

 

7. Get them a shower head speaker

This is one of the gifts that all music lovers will be able to appreciate. Most people play music on their phones when they are hitting the shower. Having the Bluetooth speaker shower head will completely blow their minds.

 

8. Get them vintage concert stickers

We all have our favorite wall where we stick all the stuff we like most. Music lovers can either have that wall or a book where they collect and collage all their favorite stuff. Getting a music lover a reproduction of a vintage concert sticker will go a long way in brightening up their day.

 

9. Pillows, cushions and even duvets with music themes

This is one of the most affordable gift ideas for a music lovers. This is because you can get a simple pillow and have it customized. You can either put the title of the song they love so much, the name or picture of their favorite artist or even their favorite lyrics. All these ideas will work great for a music lover.

 

10. You can also get record coasters for a music lover who also loves vinyl

This may be a really small gift but it would have a lot value to the music lover because it will help them expand their stock of the records. You can even go ahead and get their favorite tunes on the records.

 

Getting a gift is one of the most hectic things to do. This is because you may not have the perfect gift idea on your head. However, above are the top 10 gift ideas for music lovers. You have the guarantee that the gift you choose from the list above will go a long way in making their day complete.

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What We Learned from Sex and the City

By Guest Blogger, Brigitte E.

What We Learned from Sex and the City

 

Our favorite girl gang might not be airing on TV anymore, but they still hold their spot in our hearts. The Sex and the City show made us all wonder if we have what it takes to live the high life in the urban jungle and what it is you actually need to do to get there. So, if you want to bring back the best of the times into today, here’s what you’re going to need:

An outfit to make a statement

Each of the girls in the show has her own unique style that worked brilliantly when then show aired in the early 2000’s, but let’s just say that not all of their styles aged so well. While Carrie might have been the fashion icon during the series, these days you might want to be a bit more like Charlotte. But if the girls have thought us something, it’s that you should always dress to impress. Surprisingly, while Miranda was the odd one out, dressing far less stylish than the other girls, her outfits would look the most normal if worn today. Clashing colors and weird pattern mixes might have been considered a catastrophe back in the day, but today you can see such designs on the biggest runways of the world. So really, whether you want to rock knee-high boots with an over-the-top fur coat, or if you want to show off your body in a sexy red dress, it’s important that you find the look that represents you.

Dating

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Relationships take time. You might meet the perfect one and fall in love instantly, but actually not end up together until several arguments, other partners and a couple of seasons pass by. But if we step away from Carrie and look at Charlotte, we’ll see that things don’t always work out – or do they? Your perfect life falls apart, you get divorced and you feel like you are at the bottom, but them someone new just walks by and there you go, back up on your feet.

Sex

 

Let’s take a page from Samantha’s book: She’s not only sex obsessed, but she is perfectly fine with sharing every single detail with her friends and the unseen audience. The thing to remember here is that this show made great strides in demystifying adult toys and showing us that sex isn’t always good. And when it isn’t – you should speak up, change something about it or, at the very least, take things into your hands. But the show also addresses a major problem: unplanned pregnancy. Miranda’s against-all-odds pregnancy was a shock to everyone, and the message is clear: if you don’t want kids (or and STI) always use protection.

Know your perfect cocktail

There is really nothing more iconic for this show than a glass of Cosmopolitan. So let’s see how you can recreate it at home with your best friends: Originally, the recipe uses cranberry juice, but you can substitute it for grapefruit or blood orange. Put 1oz in a shaker over ice, add a ¼ oz of triple sec and 1 ¼ oz of vodka (or a bit more, if you’re trying to cheer up a friend who just broke up). Shake it all up and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon and you are good to go. Alternatively, go downtown to your favorite bar and tell mr. Bartender to keep them coming.

Have a support group

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If you strip away all the side action that fills up the show, you are left with one very simple theme: friendship. The four girls go through their life’s ups and downs together and support each other through it all. So before you start buying furry coats, shaking up cosmos and updating your sex toy collection, first make sure you have a group of friends that will see you through thick and thin, laugh and cry with you and love you and simply love you unconditionally.

 

And if this made you feel nostalgic, then maybe get your friends together and watch a season or two of the show to remember the good time and give yourself inspiration for your own adventure. After all, we are all writing our own stories, and perhaps it’s just the right time for another plot twist.

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Men’s Jeans Shopping Guide

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Men’s Jeans Shopping Guide

 

The diversity of men’s jeans is both a blessing and a curse. While you have a myriad of fits and cuts to choose from, sometimes that just makes it even more difficult for you to find the perfect fit. The original jeans simply used to fit or didn’t fit, they were black or blue, had five pockets and that was pretty much it. Today, with the variety of fits, cuffs and washes, the search for the perfect pair of jeans can sometimes be a true nightmare. If you’re one of the many men who see shopping for jeans as a big challenge, this guide will make your life so much easier.

The fit

The most important thing to pay attention to when shopping for jeans is the fit, simply because the fit determines how the jeans will feel, which further determines how you look. Since you want to look your best in comfortable men’s jeans, you need to choose your fit accordingly. Skinny fit is the tightest fit of all, and has a tapered leg opening. Skinny jeans are tight from hip to hem, looking quite similar to jeggings. Slim fit, on the other hand, will slightly hug the thighs, knees and calves, loosening up around the ankles. This fit is perfect for athletic men, because it’ll look very flattering on their toned body. Straight leg fit is a bit looser in the knees and calves unlike the slim fit, but feels the same in the thigh area. Thin men should consider wearing straight leg jeans, because they’re roomy and won’t attract attention to their undefined legs. If you’d like to offer more room for your thighs, look for a relaxed fit because they’re cut loose from the waist to the leg opening. Relaxed fit is the roomiest fit of all and it’s perfect for men with large hips, because they’ll need a pair of jeans with an equal leg width from hip to hem, which the relaxed fit offers.

The rise

Aside from knowing the perfect fit, when you start looking for a pair of comfortable men’s jeans, you should know which rise is perfect for your figure. High-rise is the perfect option for bigger men with wide hips, and make sure you don’t tuck in your shirt. Wear high-rise jeans above the belly button, because that’s where they’ll fit nicely. Medium or mid-rise jeans are a great choice if you like to tuck in the shirt, because the waistband skims the belly button. For a more relaxed appearance and a casual fit, go with low-rise jeans. If you have a thin body, low-rise jeans will look great on you. If you prefer jeans that are saggy at the rear, seat and hips, then a low crotch rise is your best pick.

The length

A pair of jeans should be long enough to have a half or full break, because that will make your entire look sharp. The length that sits right on the ankle ‒ usually it hits 0.25 inches above the bottom of the heel ‒ is the one you should go for. So, if your jeans are much longer than that, make sure you take them to a tailor, so they can have them hemmed to the proper length. However, if you want to cuff them, they should be a bit longer, and the cuff size will determine the length in that case. If jeans are too long, they’ll look too baggy on you, which won’t look stylish as it should.

Choosing the perfect pair of men’s jeans is crucial for achieving a dashing look. Therefore, make sure you know which fit is the best for your body type, don’t wear jeans that are too long, but have them tailored and you’ll look and feel amazing in your perfectly fitted pair of jeans.

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5 Things You Can Do to Feel Better about Yourself

By Guest Blogger, Rebecca B.

5 Things You Can Do to Feel Better about Yourself

We can’t always feel our best or be at our best. But in order to live a happier and more stress-free life, there are certain things you can do to help the tough times flow by faster.

Exercise More

Did you know that exercise actually makes you happy? While doing your workout, your brain recognises the activity as stress, which is why it releases endorphins which are also known as the hormones of happiness. And the more you “torture” your body with exercise, the happier you are afterwards! You can even get hooked on your daily workout and it is probably the best addiction you can develop. There is a long list of benefits including a healthier heart, lower blood sugar levels, a slimmer figure, a sense of achievement, better mental health, to name but a few.

Most people find it hard to endure a certain type of exercise. We tend to give up for all sorts of reasons: it is too hard, we don’t have the time, it is more fun to do other things or we simply get bored of repeating the same drill over and over again. You can solve this problem by changing the type of workout you do. Combine different activities such as running, cycling, swimming and going to the gym. Or try out some fun new ways to keep fit such as power yoga, pilates, kickboxing or even dancing.

Enjoy a Long Walk by Yourself

If you want a quick fix for your body and soul, then go outside and take a stroll by yourself! Did you know you can spend a lot of calories just by walking? In one hour, you can burn about 200 calories, which is one snack. And just being outside alone and enjoying the fresh air will help you clear your mind and forget about anything that was previously bothering you. Beautiful scenery will help you even more, so go to a park, forest, river bank or simply stroll along quiet streets.

But what if it is too hot, too cold, too windy or too rainy outside? Then you can walk at home! All you need is a few square meters and a step counter. You can play the music you like or even watch a movie! And if you need extra motivation, find walk at home videos online.

Eat Healthy

Changing your eating habits can also help you feel better about yourself. If you want to lose weight, start counting calories. You can download an app to help you monitor what you eat and achieve your goals. You should also carefully choose the food you eat. Read the labels and avoid products which contain additives, artificial sweeteners, nitrites, nitrates, and other nasties.

You should also try to eat more organic food and cook your meals from scratch. Instead of buying a pasta sauce or mayonnaise, why not make them yourself. Fresh, healthy food tastes better anyway! Whenever you can, cook your meals, because it can be so rewarding. And if you don’t have time to do that, buy healthy, quality ingredients which can be tossed together and prepared quickly, or order food from trusty restaurants.

Have a Cosmetic Procedure

Not happy with your looks? Why not treat yourself with a cosmetic procedure! If you need a small boost, try one of the non-surgical treatments such as lip enhancement, face fillers, acne treatment or laser hair removal. Perhaps you have a tattoo you are no longer happy about? That can be fixed too!

Cosmetic surgery is nothing to be ashamed of if it can actually improve your overall wellbeing. A small intervention can boost your confidence and let you embrace new opportunities in life easier. In some cases, it can even improve your mental health!

Have a Pampering Session

 

And occasionally spoil yourself with a pampering session! Book a treatment at a beauty salon to fix your brows, get a wax or have your nails done. It will make you feel so much better about yourself! Or even go to a spa and enjoy a massage, an indulgent cosmetic treatment, a sauna or an energetic swim in the pool. It is a great idea for a girly outing with your bestie!

Alternatively, stay at home and dedicate an evening to yourself. Light up your favourite candles, make a bubble bath, put a rejuvenating mask on your face, do a scrub and use your most loved lotions and potions. Then tuck yourself in comfy pajamas and watch a series you are hooked on. It is one of the best ways to end the day and fill yourself with positive energy.

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4 Ideas to Add “Smart Lighting” to Your Home

By Guest Blogger, Derek L.

4 Ideas to Add “Smart Lighting” to Your Home

Day by day, improvement by improvement, homes are becoming smarter and smarter. With so many technological advancements, you can now choose from a variety of smart home features, from smart thermostats and robot cleaners to entire home systems and virtual assistants. However, since going smart all at once can be quite expensive, you can start by implementing smart lighting to your home. Not only will it make your life easier, but it will also reduce your energy consumption. And once again, there are plenty of ways you can do that.

1.     Automated wireless lighting

 

A completely automated lighting system is one of the most popular smart features that will provide you with a range of control options. An automated system will enable you to control your lights remotely, set up a timer, connect your lighting to other devices, etc. However, in order for you to install a fully automated home system, you need to set up a control hub first. By installing a central hub, you’ll be able to connect all of your smart devices and design a completely automated system. Afterwards, you can just connect your smart bulbs via Wi-Fi with your control hub. Wi-Fi-enabled bulbs might be more expensive, but they will provide you with a range of smart options.

2.     Smart occupancy lighting sensors

Although smart occupancy sensors, or Occ. sensors, might be a bit on the expensive side, they offer a high level of flexibility. Once you install an Occ. sensor in your home, you won’t have to worry about controlling your lights because this sensor will do it for you. Namely, this option will automatically turn your lights on or off the moment someone walks in a room. Furthermore, an occupancy sensor can also be adjusted not to turn on the lights during the day. Another great advantage of these sensors is the option to set up a “vacancy mode”. This option will enable you to set up the system to turn off the lights when someone leave a room without turning them on when a space is occupied.

3.     Smart switches, plugs and outlets

 

Smart switches, plugs and outlets are another possible solution when it comes to smart lighting. However, since this option requires some wiring, it’s essential that you check whether you have a proper electricity connection and make sure that everything runs smoothly and efficiently. Having checked your electricity, you can install smart switches, plugs and outlets.


When it comes to smart switches, they resemble regular ones, but they can actually connect to a wireless network, enabling you to control your lighting remotely via an app. You can also have different options, such as scheduling your lighting, dimming, sensors and connection to other devices. There are even some products that can simply attach to your existing switches. For instance, the Switchmate is such an option that connects to a switch via magnetic forces and to your phone via Bluetooth.


Smart plugs and outlets are quite similar, but while plugs can be just plugged into a regular outlet, a smart outlet should be properly installed. Nonetheless, both smart solutions will enable you to control your lighting fixtures and even some other devices, such as a coffee maker or a toaster, through a smart device app.

4.     Smart outdoor lighting

 

If you want to smart up both the inside and the outside of your home, you should install smart outdoor lighting, as well. This can be a practical and energy-saving solution for your beautiful outdoor space. Furthermore, it’s as easy as installing a switch inside. You just need to install a smart outdoor switch and you’ll be able to control your outdoor lighting via a smart device. Once again, you’ll be able to create different lighting schedules, turn the lights on or off remotely and even monitor other plugged-in devices. You can even find a smart light for your front door that can be connected to your doorbell.

Smart lighting is a great way to start upgrading your home. Not only does it offer a great level of flexibility, but it can also reduce your energy consumption and cut your electricity bill.

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How Car Seats Work

By Guest Blogger, Rachel F.

 How Car Seats Work

A car accident is arguably one of the most common causes of injury and death in the United States, and the situation isn’t getting any better as years go by. As responsible parents, the best we can do to get better protection from the perils of the road is to educate both ourselves and our children about the elements of car safety. Fortunately, every car comes with the basic equipment designed to protect you from precisely such an event – a seatbelt, an airbag and so on. When it comes to children, however, the problem is that their small frames can’t really benefit from these safety aids, as they were not designed for them.

That’s where the child’s car seat comes into play, as an additional means of safety you can provide for your little ones. With just a little bit of education, you can learn how to use the car seat to properly protect them. The car seat operates on three different safety principles:

1) The harness that stabilizes your child’s frame at 5 separate points.
2) The impact-absorbent cushions on the side of the seat.
3) The tether that secures the seat and keeps it from moving/falling over.

It might not seem like much, but when put together these three mechanisms are highly beneficial for your child’s safety, some would argue more than a seatbelt. Make sure that the harness kept straight at all times, and that the recline of the seat is at the recommended angle.

For further clarification, please reference the infographic below from Parenting Pod.

car seat info

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