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4 Ways to Help to Elderly Parents without Draining Yourself and Your Budget

4 Ways to Help to Elderly Parents without Draining Yourself and Your Budget

by Guest Blogger, Caitlin E.

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Your parents took care of you when you were a kid. They paid for your education and food. They raised you to be a good person. And while they didn’t do that expecting you to return the favor, there might come a day when they’ll need you to step in.

Of course, if that day comes, it will mean that you have to make some changes in your lifestyle, regarding your career, personal life, and finances. No one expects you to give up on your life to care for your parents. But you will need to learn to balance your responsibilities in a way that enables you to continue making an income, caring for your family, and giving your parents all the attention they need.

Because you should not be in this alone, here are a few tips that will help you get through this situation.

See if They Need Help and How Much Help They Need

It’s always hard to admit that our parents, who we considered to be our superheroes, are ill and powerless. Facing the facts early on will help you give them the best care they need. The best thing you can do is to talk to your parents first because they need to be involved in every decision that concerns them.

Then, search for the signs they need help:

  • They’re struggling with household chores.
  • Their personal hygiene is not as it used to be.
  • They’re not eating regularly.
  • They struggle to move around the house and neighborhood.
  • They’re losing hand-eye coordination, which prevents them from driving safely, using tools, and other necessities.
  • They’re losing track of their medication.

Once you determine the condition of your parents, you will know the degree of care they require. For example, they might only need you to help with paying the bills or doing household chores. In more severe cases, they will require assistance with getting dressed and moving around.

Talk to Your Employer

Trying to juggle work and the new responsibilities might be the first to come to mind when you find yourself in a situation like this. However, in most cases, this feat results in dropping one juggling ball. Your productivity will definitely suffer, and your boss will notice it. It’s better for you to tell him/her before this happens.

Be honest. Try to point out your value to the company and explain that you will still do your best to contribute. You can ask to work from home for some time or take family days. Your company might even offer some benefits you can use.

Examine the Financial Situation and Make Plans

The financial aspect of being a caregiver is not to be neglected, as it can take quite a toll on both your and your parents’ budget.

First, you need to asses your current financial situation and see if there is room for savings. As a family caregiver, you might have a chance for a tax deduction, so check that out as well.

Later, you should do the same with your parents’ retirement income, but this is a touch topic. You’ll need to assure your parents that you have their best interest at heart. If they haven’t applied for social security yet, help them do it, and look for any tax and other reliefs that can help. For example, being a member of The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) provides various services, such as insurance coverage and discounts for certain medical equipment.

Consider downsizing their living arrangements as a way of cutting unnecessary expenses and adding to their savings. Of course, it is imperative to plan for the long term and create a budget that will cover the costs of future care.

Don’t Do Everything on Your Own

Taking on all the responsibilities alone can only cause you to burn out faster and damage your own health, which will result in a decreased ability to take care of your parents.

There’s no shame in asking a sibling or a relative for help when it comes to taking your parents to the doctor’s or cleaning the house. If your kids are teenagers or older, they can also help around the house or just be good company to their grandparents. Ask the neighbors to check up on your parents every once in a while and let you know about their condition. This way, the burden will feel lighter, and you’ll be able to balance your life more successfully.

Finally, don’t neglect your health and personal needs. You are of no use to your parents if you’re miserable or sick. Try to find the time to rest, sleep, and socialize, and when you come to their house with a smile on your face, they will feel much better too.

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Beauty Hacks You Should Know About

Beauty Hacks You Should Know About

Hacks! What is a hack really? Well, it is a way to make something quick. To use a product in a new way. To make things easier. Some are life-changing – like the current photo of how you should be packing your suitcase, and others are just a bit smart, like ditching shampoo and learning to co-wash for people with curly hair. 

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Here are some quick tips to help you manage your skincare and beauty routine a little bit better. 

Sunglasses are laden with sweat and bacteria.

More often than not, people put them straight back on their face without cleaning them. If you have time for a breakout then cool, if not keep a pack of alcohol wipes in the sunglasses case, or your bag – and set a reminder for every day of the summer. Your pores will thank you. 

Ditch shaving cream.

If you are using a razor instead of other hair removal techniques, then next time your shaving use a conditioner instead. It makes the skin slippier, smoother and adds hydration. Many women finding making this switch lessens shaving rash too. 

Cleavage needs some love too.

Sunscreen is not a hack; it is an essential, however; the hack for looking a bit perkier is highlighting in all the right places. If you need a lift, or just really want to feel super confident then try silicone inserts or a great push up bra. If you need a more permanent solution, then Kitto Plastic Surgery might be worth a look. 

Natural make-up remover?

Well, while some of the chemical-filled ones really will do the job, and some micellar waters are for sensitive skin to be even more basic – in a good way – use a reusable cotton pad and some coconut oil. The oil will get rid of every single drop of make-up and is really hydrating. If you are prone to breakouts, then cleanse after as usual. 

Eye cream is essential.

Your eyes take a heck of a lot of damage from the sun, from us not drinking enough water and of course all that laughing we do. It is the first place that is likely to show your age, or even age you. The skin can become dry there too. A rich night eye cream will give some serious hydration. The hack? Use it around your mouth too. It’s gentle enough not to cause a breakout and designed to plump out fine lines and wrinkles. 

Vaseline is still queen.

There are so many other slaves on the market, but if you are looking for a quick fix to pretty much, any beauty problem vaseline is your friend. Dry lips? Vaseline. Chapped knuckles? Vaseline. Need to slick your brows? Vaseline. If you are heading somewhere after work and don’t have your kit with you – a slick of vaseline on your cheekbones will work in place of highlighter too. 

Confidence.

Working on your confidence will be a long term thing really, but you can quickly make yourself feel better by slinging on your favorite lipstick, favorite shoes, and hold that superwoman pose for a few minutes. It will make you feel powerful and ready to take on the world. 

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Giving Your Kids Choice When It Comes to Exercise

Giving Your Kids Choice When It Comes to Exercise

Getting your kids to engage with exercise can be relatively difficult. Sure, many children will run around outside for hours of their own accord. But you want their fitness routine to be varied and incorporate all sorts of exercises that will keep them well-rounded and fit on all levels. So, how can you achieve this?

Well, the first thing you’ll need to do is to make sure your kids are actively enjoying exercise. If it seems like a chore, you’ll have an ongoing problem with essentially forcing them to do something they don’t want to – and this can end in tears and tantrums. The easiest way to find the best form of exercise for your kids is to ask them what interests them.

Many of us make the mistake of assuming what kind of sports our kids will want to try their hand at and we’ll push them to participate in these traditional activities. But as the infographic by Cisco Athletic below shows, many popular sports – like football and soccer – are actually decreasing in popularity. Activities like lacrosse, track and field, and gymnastics are on the rise – so what many kids are enjoying is changing!

So, give your little ones some choice. Take a look at the data and see what the different trends are. Make some suggestions based on what’s popular with your kids’ peers and they may be a lot more likely to have a go at some alternative sports and exercises!


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3 Ways To A Healthy Relationship

3 Ways To A Healthy Relationship

It can be difficult to make the right connections with the right people, and then assuming that you do manage to find a spark with a special someone, you then have the challenge of building a relationship with them. This should be fun and enjoyable, but we know that it can also have its rocky moments. Which is why today we want to share with you 3 ways to a healthy relationship. 

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Communication

You need to be open and honest with your partner and communicate effectively with them. If you are struggling with anything, you should be able to talk to them and trust in them to support you. You should be able to talk over the woes of your day freely with them and laugh together. 

Some people are more chatty and communicative than others, but this need not be a barrier unless you make it one. If your partner is quiet, accept that about them, learn to read their moods and you will soon know whether you need to chat anything through with them. 

If there are issues within your relationship you need to sit down and talk them through. Things rarely get better just by waiting them out, and neither of you are mind-readers so you do need to lay it out on the table so that you can move forward. 

Shared interests

It is helpful to have shared interests, as you will then always have things to talk about, connect over and enjoy together. Perhaps you both love a certain sport, going to the movies, have the same group of friends or share a love of travel. Or perhaps it is more about your nature, and you have the same sense of humour, similar belief systems or attitudes to others and the world around you. These are the things that will both attract you and hold you together.

This is not to say that you need to be in one another’s pockets. It is also important to have your own separate social lives, as you want to come to each other as complete and happy individuals, not be reliant on each other to fulfil all of your needs. 

Sex and trust

You do need to agree your emotional and sexual boundaries within any new relationship. Is this to be monotonous or are you open to seeing other people? Agree this early on to avoid any pain or confusion further down the line. 

You then need to take your own sexual needs seriously and ensure that you are taking care of yourself and your body, so that you are leading a sexually healthy lifestyle. You need to be able to speak up for what you want, what you don’t want and what is important to you physically and emotionally. In doing so, you need to feel able to trust in your partner. 

If this is an area that you are struggling with, it can be worth trying Sex Therapy & Counselling and try to avoid seeing this as a last ditch solution. This is something worth addressing sooner rather than later and can help to make a young relationship flourish or reignite long term relationships. 

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How To Prepare Your Car For Any Weather Conditions

How To Prepare Your Car For Any Weather Conditions

Sometimes, it’s hard for us to put off driving if we need to be somewhere and when the weather conditions are pretty bad, it’s daunting to have your car on the road. So here is how to prepare your car for any driving conditions so that you’re safe no matter what.

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Inspect And Replace Any Windshield Wipers

The windshield wipers are important because it’s going to work at keeping your vision of the road clear at all times. Windshield wipers that are old and don’t go fast enough could certainly make your car more dangerous to drive. So be sure to check your wipers before going onto the road and if they’re not performing like they used to, get them replaced sooner rather than later.

Get The Right Type Of Tires

Tires keep your vehicle rolling along on the ground and depending on the time of year, it’s always a good idea to purchase tires that are right for that season in particular. There’s a difference between summer tires and winter tires in terms of the tread depth and the rubber itself. You want to make sure that the tires that you have on your car are going to maintain your safety and no jeopardize it. It’s also wise to have a spare tire in the trunk of your car for emergencies.

Keep To A Safe Speed

Your speed is an important factor in keeping you and your passengers safe. It can be easy to ignore or forget speed limits in certain areas. You don’t want to be caught out with a speeding ticket so keep an eye on your speed at all times. Be wary of other drivers on the road and don’t be tempted to try and keep with up those who are trying to outrun you. Always keep track of your speed in a new area and be conscious of extreme weather conditions and adapting your speed to cater for this.

Have Your Car Serviced

Just like anything, a car depreciates, and that means it’s more likely to encounter issues as it gets older. Therefore, it’s important that you get your car serviced on an annual basis and to be aware of any dramatic changes in your car’s performance. You’ll come to learn how your car drives and sounds when it’s healthy. If it’s not, then it’s good to get it checked, especially during harsher weather conditions.

Carry A Car Breakdown Kit

And finally, always carry a car breakdown kit. With certain weather conditions, you cannot predict if and when your car will break down and having something to help yourself in a situation where it happens is useful. Some things to include in your car breakdown kit is a spare tire, the relevant contact details of a breakdown company. A charger port for your phone for emergency power. An ice scraper and some sort of defroster. A flashlight and jumper cables will be handy too. 

Follow these tips to prepare your car for any weather conditions and to keep you and your family safe.

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Helpful Office Cleaning Tips

Helpful Office Cleaning Tips

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Cleaning is a job which you either love or you hate, there is rarely an in between. But it is something which we all have to do now and again to maintain a hygienic home and workplace. When it comes to maintaining a clean office, it is important for us to manage time in the best possible way and to also find ways to make the process easier. This is why today we have some handy tips to help you maintain a clean and tidy office this year. 

Hire a professional

The first thing you can do, which is the easiest way to make cleaning simple as a business, is to hire a cleaner. If you have the money in your budget for it, why not hire a company such as www.crusade.com.sg    to clean your office for you? The good thing about hiring a cleaner is that you have the piece of mind of knowing that the cleaner knows what they are doing and they will save you spending too much time on it yourself. 

Cleaning the windows 

One of the more challenging jobs to do when it comes to cleaning the office is cleaning the exterior windows. If you have a multi-story office, it can be incredibly difficult for you to wash the exterior windows of the top floors. However, instead of forking out for a window cleaner, buy a magnetic window cleaner instead. This consists of two pads, one of which you place on the inside and one on the outside, and it will allow you to clean the inside and outside at the same time!

Organise your paperwork

One of the worst things you can do for yourself if you want to make it easier to clean your office is having piles of paper everywhere. It is important to organise your paperwork not only for productivity in the office, but also for the time it takes you to clean. Make things easier for yourself by clearing out your paperwork, buying some box folders, and placing them on a shelf out of the way of your desk. 

Have a kitchen rota 

One of the worst parts of the office to try and keep clean has to be the kitchen, and the kitchen is something which can be a messy area. This is why it is important for you to take the time and effort to create a rota which involves everyone in the office, including managers. It is important for everyone to feel responsible for the kitchen because this will ensure that the office is less likely to become dirty in the first place and it will also ensure that the cleaning of the kitchen is divided up fairly between everyone. 

Install wooden floors

One of the best changes you can make to the office this year is install wooden floors instead of a carpet. It will be much easier to maintain a clean wooden floor and you will be able to largely avoid using a vacuum cleaner and disrupting the flow of work for everyone in the office.

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Design The Perfect Patio Step By Step

Design The Perfect Patio Step By Step

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During the summer your garden can be one of the most fun place to be in the house. Sitting out in the summer sun and being able to relax with family is a fun way to spend the weekend and can allow us to get a great tan too. 

The most important part of the garden which you will want to decorate and spruce up this summer is the patio, and there are some really great methods for getting the best out of this space. Today we are going to have a look at some simple tips and tricks for decorating the patio and making it feel modern and fun for the summer. 

Play with paving

The first step to making a wonderful patio space this year is to nail a stunning paving design. The paving of the patio is the main design feature and it will have a huge impact on the style and atmosphere your space shows. You can hire a paving contractor and see what kind of designs they have in their portfolio to help you decide on the best design for you this year. 

Create zones 

If you are planning to create a space which spans the whole of the garden, you will want to split it into smaller zones which have their own purpose and theme. For example, if you wanted to have a patio for hosting garden parties, you can have an outdoor seating area, an area shaded with a pergola, and you can also think about having a herb garden in the middle of the paving which will add some colour to your patio as well as help to vamp up any meals you cook up on the grill. 

Pay Attention To Lighting

The patio area is likely going to be a part of the garden which you use in the evening as well as the day. If you plan to host parties and enjoy those summer nights, you will want to make the most of the lighting in the space to create a warm and magical space. For this, you can buy some solar powered fairy lights to hang as well as some solar powered lamps to give soft and warm lighting when the sun goes down. 

Add colour

 
The final touch to any great outdoor design is your plants, and adding a couple of large pots with flowers will make a huge difference to the space and the design you can create. There are lots of stunning plants you can bring into your patio space which will be fairly low maintenance and will bring you stunning flowers all summer long. For example, verbena provide you with stunning purple flowers for months and will attract bees to the garden, and you can leave them without pruning all summer long. There are also large shrubs such as hydrangeas or bulbs such as gladioli which can bring some beautiful colour to your patio.

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Caring For Yourself As A Carer

Caring For Yourself As A Carer

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When providing care for somebody else, it’s very easy to neglect your own care. Here are several tips for looking after yourself when taking on the care of someone else.

Know what you’re financially entitled to

Caring for someone else can be financially difficult – especially if you have to give up work to provide the care that they need.

You should do some research into government benefits to ensure that you and the person you’re caring for are both getting the financial support that you need. It’s possible that you may be entitled to a carer’s allowance, which could help you to fund yourself. There may also be disability-related home improvements such as stairlifts and grab bars that you can get grants for so that you don’t have to dig into your own pockets.

Alternatively, you may be able to get help from local charities if you are struggling financially. There are charities out there that are aimed specifically at assisting carers with the financial support they need.

Share the care with someone else

Getting a helping hand could give you the break you need so that you don’t feel you’re constantly on call. This could be time to relax at home or time to go out and meet friends or partake in social activities.

Home hospice care could be an option to look into. Even if it’s only a few hours a week, it will give you the break you need. A lot of carers may hire help in the mornings and evenings when it comes to washing and dressing loved ones. You could also consider a couple days of respite care if you need a couple days’ break.

Don’t forget to also consider help from friends and family. Even if they don’t feel comfortable helping with the physical care, they may be able to help with other jobs around the home which could help to lift the burden.

Don’t neglect your own health

A lot of carers can also ignore health problems of their own, which can cause these problems to become serious. If you get ill, it could not only affect you, but your ability to care for loved one. For this reason, looking after your health should be a priority.

Make sure you’re seeing the doctor when you have a health concern and watch out for signs of health problems. Chronic stress can often trigger health problems ranging from muscle cramps to heart disease – which is why sharing out the care is so important so that you can relax. Make sure that you’re also getting enough sleep and eating healthily. Above all, try to laugh and have fun. 

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Why Blogs Should Be Your Go To For Info

Why Blogs Should Be Your Go To For Info

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These days, it can seem like everyone is a blogger. Social media sites are bursting with links to blog posts on every subject under the sun, from selling cars blogs to the top ten reasons you should eat carrots. There’s a blog for everything and most businesses, and so many people have something they want to say, and something they want to share with the rest of the world and blogging is the perfect place for them to do that. This, however, leads to skepticism of how reliable blogs are. Most are written by normal people, not experts, and there aren’t laws about what people can and can’t say, so you don’t know if what you are reading is fact. However, as digital news is taking over many traditional news sources, free online news is growing, and although many blogs are outlets for personal opinions, they also serve as legitimate sources of news and information. There are plenty of reasons to trust online blogs and why to go to them as your first point of call and here’s why:

Inside Information

While blogs are not necessarily written by experts, a lot actually is. Rather than being written by writers or experts, the information comes directly from the source itself and give you insider information from an expert actually working within specific fields of interest. They are providing their readers with first-hand knowledge that can help guide the decision-making process.

No Restrictions

Blogs typically are written without restrictions because industry writers typically have more freedom when choosing the types of blogs they write. They don’t usually have a chain of checks and re-checks before being published like online periodical pieces would have. Because of the nature of blogs, even the most controversial of topics are given an outlet for discussion. Plus, blogs are usually informally written, allowing readers to relate to the language and message easily. This is perfect for writers looking to provide informative web content that their target audience can connect with and act on.

Updated Regularly

People who have blog pages often update them regularly meaning that the blog posts are providing evolving information that remains relevant and useful. Site owners don’t want their readers to be turned off by stagnant sites that rarely change, so they put significant efforts into creating interesting content that appeals to their audience. By doing so, blog writers are providing their readers with up-to-date information that is relevant to what happens in the world around them at the present time.

Blogs Are HonestDepending on how you look at this, it could be seen as a negative, but as blogs are able to be subjective and have the flexibility to include a personal slant or bias, they may not always be accurate, but at the same time they will be honest but from that writer. There isn’t usually an accountability structure in place for fact-checking and monitoring, blogs can easily feature outdated statistics or facts that readers are unaware of so there are some things which you have to take with a pinch of salt but, you can do your own fact-checking, but a blog usually has no hidden agenda or sales target so they can be trusted that they are from an honest place.

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Always Invest In These 4 Areas When Renovating Your Home

Always Invest In These 4 Areas When Renovating Your Home

When it comes to renovating your home, cost will always be an issue. After all, unless you are working with an unlimited budget, you will always have to be careful that the amount you spend doesn’t get out of hand. However, it is crucial to remember that things that are cheap now aren’t always the best option in the long run. In fact, there are also things you should always invest in, no matter how small your budget. Read on to find out more. 

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Roof 

It makes sense to invest in a good roof when renovating your home. After all, it needs to be as sturdy as possible, so it is not a safety risk for those living inside the property. 

Additionally, poorly installed roofs often leak, and this can be a real nightmare for any homeowner. The reason being that when water comes in, it can easily damage your possessions, as well as the structure and decoration of the home. Something that will cost you a fortune to repair.

To that end, ensuring your roof is secure, watertight, and installed by quality contractors is something you always need to invest in when renovating a home. 

Floors 

Next, when it comes to renovating, flooring isn’t something that you should ever try and cut corners on to save money. Yes, it can be tempting as a cheap lino option can seem a smart way to save a few bucks. However, what you need to remember is the floor is the part of the room that will get more use and wear than any other. 

What that means is it’s well worth your money and time to install a more heavy-duty solution. The good news here is that you can now get residential epoxy flooring in some pretty luxe finishes. Something that will allow you to achieve an opulent, but incredibly hard-wearing look that should last for years. 

Windows 

Windows are nearly always expensive, and it’s not just the frames you have to pay for, but the glass and fitting as well. However, scrimping on the cost of the windows for your home renovation can be disastrous. The reason being that poorly fitting or performing windows will let out too much heat. Therefore you will have to spend more money on heating and cooling your home daily to ensure that it is livable. 

Of course, this isn’t just bad for you pocket long term, but terrible for the environment as well. Something that means investing in the best quality and fitting for your windows in the first place will save you money and energy in the long run.

Worktops 

Finally, if you are renovating a kitchen or bathroom, or even a utility room, you will likely want to install worktops. You will, of course, find some super cheap MDF options, that are coated with plastic that seem like a great idea. 

Sadly, they rarely last over the long term and can be hard to maintain and keep clean as well. Something that means worktops made from stone or solid wood are often a much smarter investment choice for your renovation. 

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