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Keep Rodents Away from Your Warm House.

By Tia Cristy

Keep Rodents Away from Your Warm House.

 

 

When it’s cold outside, you want to stay warm. Well, so do the rodents and other pests.

Most people will say there’s not enough room in their home for both their families and pests.

If you want an organic remedy to keep mice and other creatures away from the house try putting cotton balls soaked in uncut peppermint oil along the foundation, inside crawl spaces, basements, and attics. The long-lasting smell will keep unwanted visitors out.

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How To Take Care Of Yourself While Travelling

How To Take Care Of Yourself While Travelling

When heading off abroad on the trip of a life time, you rarely stop to think about factors such as self-care, do you? You most probably have health insurance in place, but as far as your health goes, that’s most probably it. Instead, you are probably focused on how incredible your trip will be and how amazing it’s going to be to get away and have the most amazing time.

However, what it’s important to remember is that taking care of your health is just as important as having an amazing time away. Because the fact is, that if you don’t take self-care seriously while traveling, you could end up not being able to make the most of, or enjoy your trip properly, as a result. So it’s essential that you take the time to think carefully about your self-care while you travel.

Wondering what aspects of your health you should be thinking about? Have a read of the tips and advice below!

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Eat well

While you’re traveling, it’s far too easy to forget to eat healthily. The fact is that when it comes to what you’re eating, you will most probably want to try every new cusine that you come across, and while that’s all well and good, it’s also important to think about your health. Don’t fail to keep plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, as otherwise your health – particuarly your immune system – will plummet as a result.

When ordering food, make sure to pick food that has a health factor to it, such as meals that contain vegetables or salad, so that you are continuing to get your five-a-day even while you’re traveling. After all, you don’t want to put your health at risk, do you?

Take healthcare seriously

Make sure that wherever you visit, you know where there is a primary care doctor available, so that should your health take a serious turn, you know where you can get help. The fact is that you never know when you’re going to get sick, so making sure that you know where there is medical help available is just good common sense.

Travel is all about freedom and not caring about all those ties we have at home, such as work and social status, but that doesn’t mean not taking any aspects of your life seriously. Your health should never take a back seat, it should always be taken seriously.

Exercise reguarly

The chances are that your appetitie for adventure and exploring will mean that you are getting plenty of exercise anyway. However, what it’s important to realise is that if you’re trying to work certain muscle groups, then you might want to find ways to work those muscle groups in a DIY way, such as lifting DIY sand weights or practising yoga each morning.

There you have it, everything that you need to know about taking care of yourself while traveling. Hopefully, the tips and advice above will help to make it far easier for you to look after yourself while you are out on the road.

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How do You Bounce Back From the Bad Times?

How do You Bounce Back From the Bad Times?

When everything seems to be going wrong for you in life and nothing according to the plans you put in place, it’s very easy to get down about it all. But that’s just the nature of life; we all go through times when nothing seems to be going the way we want it to. How you respond to those bad times and bounce back is what really matters more than anything else because that’s how your future will be decided.

Having said that, bouncing back from the bad times is much easier said than done. There are some steps and ideas that might help you to do this successfully though, and they’re what we’re going to talk about in more depth today. Keep reading to learn about what you should begin to do in order to bounce back from times that have been tough for you.

Find the Silver Lining

The very first thing you should try to do is find a silver lining. Every situation has a silver lining, no matter how bleak it seems at first. By looking at the situation objectively and thinking about how you can come out if it positively and look to the future, you’ll be putting yourself in a much healthier position. It’s definitely difficult to find silver linings in some situations, but you should at least give it a try.

Focus on the Things in Life That Matter Most

There are some things that matter more than others when you’re trying to bounce back from the bad times. You have to be willing to look at things objectively and focus on the things in life that are really important because if you allow yourself to get hung up on insignificant things that don’t matter much, you’ll never find the time or energy to properly bounce back and move in the right direction once more.

Create a Plan of Action

Creating a plan of action is important because it gives you a road map to your future. It’ll show you want you need to do next and which steps are most important as you aim to get back on track and bounce back from whatever negative things you’ve been experiencing. The right plan of action is something that only you can create because only you understand what you need to do next in your life.

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Don’t Focus on the Negatives Too Much

Even if you’ve been through a lot of negative stuff recently, you should try to reject any negative feeling that might hold you back further. By focusing on the negatives, you will carry on in your spiral of pity when you should really be thinking about what comes next and how you can turn the situation into a more positive one. It’s all about focusing your energy and attention on the right things.

Seek Compensation to Help Your Recovery

If you’re dealing with a bad situation because of someone else’s mistake, you should see if you can seek compensation for it. Maybe you were injured or defrauded in some way. If so, you should find a lawyer who you feel you can trust and take things from there. With the right lawyer on your side, you’ll find it possible to get compensation which can then be used to get yourself back on track.

Do What’s Right for You

What’s right for you is what matters right now, so don’t worry so much about what other people think or what they might be saying. The only significant thing is how you move forward. Your own needs have to come first, even if that’s something that you’re not used to. It can be difficult to always do what’s right for you but being selfish isn’t such a bad thing sometimes.

Remember That the Future Remains Unwritten

Finally, you should always remember that the future and what comes next has not been written yet. No matter how bad things have been up to now, everything could change very quickly for you in the future. It’s all about doing what you can to make that possibility as likely as it can possibly be. Who knows what will happen tomorrow?

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No matter what kind of bad times you’ve been going through recently, you can most certainly come out the other side in better shape and ready to succeed in life. It all comes down to mentality and belief. If you can get both of those things right, you’ll have no problems at all.

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5 Ways to Feel More Secure in Your Own Home

5 Ways to Feel More Secure in Your Own Home

Living alone can be a scary and unknown territory, especially if you’re doing it for the first time. Every strange creek of the floorboards or flicker of light outside can cause you to freak out internally, just a little bit. Whether you’re looking to improve your home protection or you simply want to feel a tiny bit safer when you’re home alone, there are many things you can do to put your mind at ease. You deserve to feel comfortable and secure in your own home instead of panicking about the unknown. Consider these five ways to feel more relaxed and safe in your home environment and you will soon have nothing to worry about.

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1. Fix Faulty Doors

When you live on your own you need to make sure that all of your windows and doors are very secure. You will never feel safe if your garage door is always slightly ajar or one of your windows doesn’t quite close properly. Look into local garage door repair and you will soon be able to put your mind at ease. Instead of worrying about that faulty door or window you will soon be able to sleep easy.

2. Invest in a Security System

If you have a security system that links up to your phone, you will always be able to check for movement whether you’re upstairs or out of the house. It will make you feel a lot calmer knowing that your home is safe at all hours of the day.

3. Leave a Small Light On

Whether you’re going to bed or leaving the house for the evening, you should always leave small lamp on in your home. This will not only warn of intruders, but it will also take a little weight off your shoulders. When it looks like somebody is at home, trespassers will be less likely to risk it by breaking in or disturbing your peace.

4. Lock Your Doors

When you live alone it is really important to lock your doors so that you feel super safe at night. Although this seems like a simple idea, many people who live on their own don’t realize how important it is. Keep your keys in the door and double lock it if you can. Don’t forget to lock all windows and the back door too.

5. Invite a Friend Over

If you’re ever feeling especially uncomfortable in your own home, then why not invite your friend over? Having a bit of company will take your mind off feeling alone or scared. You can catch up, have a glass of wine or watch a movie; in no time you will be able to forget that you were ever scared to be at home on your own.

Living alone for the first time is a daunting prospect, but you shouldn’t let your fears get in the way of you pursuing something you really want to do. Having that independence will serve you greatly in the future, so make these small changes now and you will feel instantly more content.

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Plan Today For A Safer Tomorrow

Plan Today For A Safer Tomorrow

None of us really wants to think about it, but protecting yourself and your family in the event of a tragedy or illness is a practical and necessary step to take now. When you’re going through a difficult time the last thing you need to think about is paperwork or finding those documents. Getting your house in order today will save on additional heartbreak tomorrow.

We look at some practical tips you can take to ensure that you and your loved ones are well prepared should the worst happen.

Get organized

Step one is getting your current files together in an obvious place to save on time and frustrations later down the track. If you have a stack of life insurance documents then save them in one place, clearly labeled and in a logical order. Do the same with any Wills or house deeds that might come in useful.

If you’re uncomfortable leaving them out in an unprotected space then place them in lockable storage but be sure to let loved ones know where the keys are. To really beef up their security, consider electronically scanning them and adding them to your computer, backed up of course on to an external source such as cloud storage. Like the keys, make sure your family is able to access the relevant passwords and knows where on your computer they’ll be able to find the files when needed.

A gentle reminder at this point: if you haven’t got around to making a Will and let’s be honest a great many people don’t, then now’s the time to have a chat with a legal advisor on how to get this remedied. Your next of kin might be obvious but a Will serves to take away any doubt or worry from your loved ones at what you intended to do with your money or property.

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Get advice

If you’re facing other tough times in your life then the best thing you can do is share the burden and not try and shoulder the problem alone.

When your relationship looks like it might be unraveling and you’re not sure where you stand legally on your property or entitlement to income, rather than stress about it get in touch with a divorce lawyer. You’re not committing yourself to any course of action with a consultation, just figuring out what you’re entitled to and where you stand in case the relationship can’t be patched up and both parties decide to part ways.

Your partner too will benefit from having this knowledge in order to make, what is often a very painful process, as straightforward as possible.

As mentioned previously, consult a lawyer to get your Will in good shape while you’re thinking about any possible divorce proceedings.

If you’re going through an illness or accident, then take some time to find out what, if any, compensation or insurance payouts you might be entitled to.

Too many of us assume we won’t be entitled to anything, only to miss out on a cash injection when we need it most.

If you are someone who runs their own business then look into cover that will continue to pay you an income if you’re unable to work for a period of time. Make sure that you fully understand the terms of any legal paperwork you sign and if necessary have a lawyer or financial advisor run over the small print with you, so you know what you’re signing up for.

Get ready

When you’re planning for your retirement, consider what you’ll need financially to make this time of your life comfortable and free from any worries. You might need to consider selling your home to pay for more suitable accommodation or feel like you’d want to give your children their inheritance ahead of time. Talk to a financial adviser and planner about how that works for you.

Planning for the worst might feel like you’re tempting fate but with some solid strategies in place, neither you nor your family will have to take on any more stress than is necessary.

Give yourself some peace of mind by getting organized today. Don’t be afraid to talk to friends and family about the plans you’ve made, letting them know where they can find those important documents. Seek advice from the professionals when you need to, rather than just leaving it and hoping for the best. Get those plans sorted out today and live life to the full tomorrow.

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How to Spot the Signs of Growing Apart

How to Spot the Signs of Growing Apart

We all wish relationships lasted forever, but statistics say otherwise. It is important that you educate yourself on how healthy partnerships should work and when it is time to make adjustments or move on. You don’t want your partner to drag you down or stop you from becoming the best version of yourself. Below you will find a few signs of one of the main reasons of relationship breakdowns; growing apart.

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He Is Stuck In His Ways

We all fall in love because we find something unique and appealing in the other person. However, people change, and we learn more about what they really are like, and we develop ourselves. If you find that he is not on the same journey as you, and doesn’t want to change, you will need to start thinking whether or not your relationship is worth it for him, or he is just stuck in the situation.

You Are Growing Faster

We all love developing and growing. You might enroll to a college course, improve your career, or simply take in meditation, If the other person doesn’t respect or value your effort and your journey towards self discovery, they will be left behind. If you have more ambition than they do, chances are that they will not be the right person for you for too long. It might be time to have a chat with a littleton divorce lawyer to research your options.

You Stopped Doing Things Together

One of the most common signs of relationships not working is when you stop doing things together. If he is no longer interested in going to your favorite place, you might be thinking whether or not they were pretending to be someone else in the beginning of your relationship. Other than lack of time, the lack of interest in each other’s passion can kill romantic relationships.

Your Values are Not Aligned

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Of course, we all change our outlook in life and adjust our values as well as our personal mission. If your partner doesn’t believe in the same things, maybe criticizes you for doing things one way and not another, chances are that you will soon realize that enough is enough and you need to move on. If you cannot have a conversation any more, there is simply no point being together.

You Just Leave It to Them to Avoid Arguments

In case you find yourself walking away from arguments all the time, you will need to start thinking about the reasons. Is your partner using emotional blackmailing, or simply wants to belittle you? If you are always the person who takes a step back and leaves them to be, you will have to stop walking on eggshells and make some drastic changes.

When relationships stop working, it is important that you spot the warning signs before it is too late. Growing apart is hard to fix, without therapy, and you need to ask yourself whether or not you have the time and if it is worth the effort.

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Ensure You’re Not Ripped Off During The Christmas Period

Ensure You’re Not Ripped Off During The Christmas Period

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Christmas is known for its lavish spending. It’s quite interesting to reflect on just how the progression of holidays go at this time of year. Thanksgiving as celebrated in the United States is often followed immediately by the Black Friday and Cyber Monday events. An event around gratitude is immediately followed by rampant materialism and trying to get the best deal. Christmas, while wonderful of course, is a grouping of these two attitudes. We appreciate that we have while trying to impress one another with the most expensive or thoughtful gifts. Of course, there’s no need to follow this tradition, but if you’re in a family unit you likely will.

 

However, even with the progression of spending and gathering items to gift, it’s important to keep aware so you’re not ripped off this holiday season. If there’s anything companies like doing this time of year, it’s marketing hard, and if you’re not careful you can fall for well-choreographed efforts to part you from your money. With these simple tips, only the best purchasing decisions will be made in your household this year. Consider:

 

Don’t Fall For The Marketing Hype

 

The marketing hype can often make us all struggle to figure out what might actually be holding value each and every Christmas. Each and every firm offers Christmas specials, secret sales, and mammoth promotions. Or so they would have you believe. It can sometimes be that these promotions, despite the fancy packaging, generally aren’t worth the mediocre savings being offered. It might be that annual subscriptions to services, access to products and a general range of ‘immediate offers’ sound appealing, but that with a little diligence and research, you realize that you might not have considered this purchase outside of the holiday season.

 

For that reason, trying to prioritize that which you might actually need can help you make these frivolous purchases because you can, not because you are fooled into doing so. This might sound like an insult to your intelligence, but even the smartest people can be susceptible to the emotional excitement of Christmas, and companies know that. They are banking to use it in order to promote themselves. This is why most firms come out with the famous ‘Christmas Advertisement’ each year. By staying wise, taking a little time to verify the value of a purchase, and looking through all of the marketing hype, we might save hundreds in wasted spending this Christmas. This prideful feeling might be the cherry on top for your entire vacation.

 

Be Careful With Extra Funding

 

It can be extremely easy to consider taking extra funding in our stride at this time of year. We’re all familiar with how bills can pile up, how the gifting season can drain our wallets, let alone the other plans you might have. Sometimes you might be cooking Christmas dinner for friends and family, or it might be you have to travel across the country to spend thanksgiving with your parents. Overall, Christmas can be costly, so any boost in our finances is surely looked on with welcoming eyes.

 

You may consider looking for a quick loan, easy to repay, but one in which you can become paid now and start using soon. After all, Christmas is very close to the current date. This is a perfectly valid thing to do, and many people decide to use one of these loans because they know they’ll be receiving a payday on or after the Christmas period. However, you need to know which payday loans are appropriate and which aren’t. Thankfully, payday loan comparison resources online, as linked previously, can give you a real picture as to the quality and reliability with each loan online. Be suspicious of overly long payback dates, interest too high or low, or a provider with very little customer feedback available online. However, if you find a trustworthy option, you might be able to fund your Christmas exactly the way you want without worry.

 

Stay Patient With Vacation Deals

 

It can be extremely exciting for some people to consider the vacation deals they might like to take part in. We might consider enjoying a winter wonderland abroad, or in a highly prestigious theme park such as Disneyland. We might hope to visit family, or potentially head on a sporting activity such as Skiing in the alps now our children have grown. While it can be wonderful to do this before or on the Christmas day itself, it can also be extremely cost-efficient to simply wait a month or two before heading out.

 

Planning a vacation in January will usually mean you are faced with the least populated time in resorts, winter vacation spots and many official places of stay around the world. This means slashed prices, quicker wait times, and much less of a sense of overpopulation at the busiest times. This means more vacation spending more, more bang for your buck, perhaps the ability to extend your vacation or upgrade to a nicer accommodation suite. Stay patient with vacation deals. After the new year rolls around, travel agents will be absolutely desperate to sell some of the unsold package deals they have, and accommodations will often be booking rooms for cheap. There’s no reason why you can’t celebrate a ‘second Christmas’ if you’re willing to push this forward a little bit. Just be sure to save your workdays to extend your vacation a little. You’ll be sure to appreciate it in time.

 

Eating Great Foods

 

It can be very tempting to head out for Christmas lunch with your family members. We are in no way suggesting you shouldn’t, because who would we be to tell you that? However, if cost-saving is an important factor, it can always be that hosting remains much much cheaper, and purchasing ingredients in wholesale now could help you find food for this event, for the Christmas day itself, and for long term leftover consumption. To us, that sounds pretty important and wonderful to do, especially for the financially conscious.

 

With these tips, ensuring you’re not ripped off during the Christmas period should lead to more money in your wallet.

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5 Ways to Get Your Health Back on Track

5 Ways to Get Your Health Back on Track

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Letting ourselves get unfit is far easier than you may think. Falling into a routine of unhealthy eating and being idle happens with you realizing it and bad habits form that now you need to break. The only way to put an end to this cycle of self-destruction is to take control and put your health back on track.

Go Through Your Cupboards

The first thing you should do is going through your cupboards. As long as there are unhealthy foods in there you will eat them, and the way to stop yourself is not to have them in your home to start with. No one would ever suggest that you do not have the occasional treat that is not too good, but that is all it should be. In the main, your diet should consist of lots of fruit and vegetables, whole grains and things like nuts and oily fish if you want to get your body back into good condition.

Getting Help For Bad Habits That Make You Unhealthy

There are some bad habits that will contribute to your health and if you are serious about getting healthier you may need to seek help to break them. There is a lot of support available for instance if you want to stop smoking, or you could consider sober living homes for an alcohol problem. You should never be afraid to seek the help you need if the ultimate aim is for you to be both physically and mentally in a better state.

 

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Venture Into The Great Outdoors

Exercise is vitally important for our health and you may well have a gym membership that allows you to use the various pieces of equipment that will help. However, outdoors activities are even more beneficial, as the fresh air is very good for keeping your brain alert.

It could be just a simple walk a few times a week. You could walk part of your journey to work, or wander around in your breaks. Just get outside and let those endorphins get to your brain. They will result in a feel-good factor, which will encourage you to enjoy the outdoors even more.

Let The Sunshine In

As soon as the sun disappears in the winter months some people suffer from Season Affective Disorder, or as it is better known SAD. Whether you are one of the unlucky people or not, whenever there is sunshine in the winter, let it into your home or workplace for a better frame of mind.

It is the vitamin D caused by exposure to the sun that is important, but you can also get that from eating mushrooms, fish, and eggs.

 

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Feel The Goodness

For each step you take, and you may not be able to do them all at once, you will feel an improvement in your health. This will motivate you to carry on and maybe add the next stage of getting healthier. As well as feeling better, there are other benefits you may not notice but other people will.

It will be more pleasant to communicate with you, you will not be as moody or aggressive and will generally be a nicer person to be around.

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Holiday Blues

Holiday Blues

You might think that only people who spend the holidays alone are susceptible to holiday depression. That’s not the case. Depression doesn’t really care if you’re alone or surrounded by loved ones. Depression and anxiety can hit hard during the holidays. There plenty of factors around this time of year to push your mind to its limits.

First off, it’s cold

Seasonal depression is real! Lack of warmth and sun can cause any flower to wilt. So make sure you get your daily dose of vitamin D through your diet. Also, if the sun is shining, bundle up and get outside for a few minutes. This will help boost your mood.

Spending money

It’s true that some folks love to spend money, but there’s usually a pang of guilt in doing so. Especially, if it was a frivolous purchase. Other people feel a lot of pressure when spending money around the holiday season. Do they have enough money for presents? Is it a good enough present? How can I afford that? For parents, the largest concern is, I want to make sure they have a great Christmas… All of these thoughts put unnecessary pressure on yourself. Anxiety heightens, and that’s when depression can also slip into the party. Take the pressure off. Put a cap on your budget. Ask your kids if they could only have one thing, what would it be? This allows you to find out where their priorities lie. With friends and relatives, suggest a white elephant exchange or a Pollyanna. And do you still feel like you need to get something for everyone? Do a cookie bake or make homemade bath bombs and scrubs. Homemade gifts are always treasured.

Family drama, not made for TV

During holidays, lots of family drama can surface. It May sound too simple, but shake it off. Who cares that aunt so-n-so doesn’t think that’s a proper desert for the holiday dinner or grandparents think you’re in the wrong line of work? If you’re spending the holidays with them, the only answer should be you love them. Love them for who they are, even if you feel they can’t love you for who you are. If you can’t, then you should consider who you are spending your time with. This is the time of year to spend with LOVED ones.

It’s the end of the year and you still haven’t accomplished that

Every year, millions, if not billions, make New Year resolutions for their life. 12 months later, they didn’t accomplish what they set out to do. Take the pressure off yourself and try a five-year plan instead. Having goals is important. But having deadlines can cause anxiety. Give yourself a break. And remember, if it’s part of your destiny, you’ll eventually get there.

Which brings me to my final point, …Therapy

This is the time of year for giving, more than receiving. Therapy comes in many forms. So if depression hits, try volunteering your time. Donate gifts, food or clothing to the less fortunate. Helping others can pull you out of your own depression.

Mental health is important all year round. But there’s certain times throughout the year, the mind can be tested. We miss loved ones or ended-relationships during certain periods of life. Around the holidays, we are reminded this is a time to be spent with loved ones. And it’s alright to miss them, but we must remember to celebrate these times as well. If you can’t shake the blues or you feel them coming on perhaps it’s best to talk with a therapist. Remember, there are people that can help if you need to talk. Click Here if you or someone you know is suffering with depression this holiday season. You are not alone, please seek help.

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season!

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