How to Get Along with Your Neighbours

Modern life is a lot less conducive to friendships with neighbourliness than it used to be. But positive relationships with those around us can make our lives more pleasant and give us a sense of who we are. Here are a few ways to help nurture those relationships for happier, healthier lifestyle.

Introduce yourself to newcomers. Your new neighbours may be feeling lonely and unsure, especially if they’re far from home, and might appreciate a friendly face bearing a homemade cake or a plant. If they have children, tell them where the other local children live. Give advice on the best places to eat and shop.

Be considerate about noise. As a rule, keep music and loud outdoor conversations down after 9 p.m., and try not to start up the power tools or leaf blower before 8 or 9 a.m.. If you are planning a party, try to let your neighbors know in advance — and if you enjoy throwing frequent parties, it’s not a bad idea to invite your neighbors to one!

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Deal with problems in person. Just as when your neighbors are being too noisy, any other problem should be addressed promptly and in person. It may seem easier to write a note or dash off an email, but written complaints can seem more mean spirited than you intended, and may shut down communication with that neighbor in the future. Give your neighbor a chance to hear what you have to say in a face-to-face chat, and then listen to his or her side as well. Remember, your neighbor is likely not going anywhere, so even if you do not particularly like him or her, it is in your interest to find a way to get through it together.

Keep your front yard tidy. There is no need to get into a competition with neighbors over who has the greenest lawn, but keeping up a basic level of tidiness will be appreciated by all. Put your garbage and recycling cans back promptly after they have been collected, keep grass mowed and weeds pulled, and try to avoid storing too many belongings on your porch or in the driveway.

Be considerate in general. Return anything that you borrow from a neighbour, such as tools, in good condition and as soon as you’re finished with them. Replace anything that belongs to your neighbour that you, your children or your pets break or soil. If your neighbour hasn’t brought in his or her bin yet, do it as a favour. Random acts of consideration will get your neighbours talking.

Follow local parking etiquette. Always try to park in front of your own house if possible, and never block neighbors’ driveways. In some neighborhoods with narrow streets, it is the custom for everyone to park on only one side — even if it’s not an official rule, it is best to follow suit.

Invite your neighbours over. What better way to meet your neighbours than to invite them to an informal barbecue or party? If you deliver the invitations in person, you’ll get a chance to have a chat before moving on to the next house.

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How to Have a Happier Co-Parenting Relationship in 2018

Co-parenting is a skill than you can improve with practice. Read on for tips on how you can get along better with your ex.

Practice good communication skills. Don’t use the written word as a weapon! The purpose of emails and texts is to deliver facts and logistics, not to lash out at your co-parent, or try to convince him of the error of his ways. Keeping your messages simple and devoid of emotion will help maintain an amicable co-parenting relationship.

Get over being angry. It’s easy to become addicted to anger. It distracts you from the difficult task of creating a whole new life. It keeps you psychologically entangled with your co-parent, which is the exact opposite of what you want if you’re to move forward. If you find that you’re constantly marinating in bitterness, get professional help to work through your anger.

Follow the court orders. Pay child support on time. Stick to the visitation schedule. Handle shared child-related expenses as set forth in your agreement. Making a unilateral decision to ignore your court order will certainly pull your children into conflict and possibly result in less custody for you.

Be polite. Say please and thank you. Tell your ex you appreciate his efforts to be a good co-parent (even if he or she is not as “good” as you want). Treating your former spouse with respect and highlighting his positive behaviors will encourage him to do the same.

Respect your ex’s time with the kids. Don’t call, text or FaceTime your kids multiple times during your ex’s visitation. Don’t make your kids feel guilty for having a good time with their other parent. Don’t try to chip away at visitation by being late for drop-offs or keeping the kids longer than allowed. No matter what you think of your ex, he has a right to his parenting time.

Respect co-parenting rules. Some divorced couples are able to agree on basic rules: discipline, bedtimes, policies about electronics and homework. If you agreed to do something, follow through. Otherwise, your ex will be less inclined to hold up their end of the bargain.

3 Kitchen Tools That Are Actually Worth Your Money

If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I love to cook. I grew up helping my mum in the kitchen, watching and learning as she cooked away. So when I got old enough, cooking came naturally to me. Sure, there were a few people who made me believe that I had to be classically trained to produce wonderful meals but I’ve found that’s not true at all. Anybody can cook; you just have to have the right tools.

I stumbled upon this infographic by Andi-Co not too long ago, and I thought it would make a great intro for this post. Part of being a great home cook, after all, is having not just the right equipment but also the know-how to get the job done.

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Now I’ve seen far too many cooking shows to know that master chefs use pretty much the same stuff we have in our kitchen—from ingredients, down to equipment. The only difference? They know when to spend a little extra for higher quality. And today, I’d like to introduce you to 3 kitchen tools that, I think, are actually worth your money.

  1. Chef’s Knife. Cooking is just so much easier when you have a good chef’s knife. It can get very expensive, sure, but if you know what to look for, you might find that there are plenty of affordable models available out there. Think about how you cook, choose the material you need (carbon steel or stainless), learn how to keep them sharp, and even the cheapest chef’s knife will last you many years.
  2. Cast Iron Pans. An essential in any home kitchen, cast iron pans are wonderful to cook in because they distribute heat evenly and, if well seasoned, are nonstick and last a lifetime. Today’s younger cooks often overlook these pans because they’re old-fashioned and heavy compared to other cookware. While they’re good for steaks and other meat, they’re also quite useful for a wide range of other amazing dishes like pizza and bibimbap.
  3. Upright Cooker. If you’re looking for a cost-effective cooking solution, an upright cooker is your best bet. Besides wrapping up an oven, grill, and hob in a single product, it offers plenty of cooking space, it cooks quickly and evenly, and it’s easy to use and clean. They add charm and uniqueness to any kitchen design, too!

Cooking with the right tools helps in cooking with less stress and more fun. I’m not saying you must have these three items in your kitchen—I’m all for having less stuff—but I’m telling you: 1) they will make your kitchen life easier and 2) cooking with them will expose you to so many recipes. Start with a good knife and go from there!

What other tools or equipment would you recommend to invest in for the kitchen?

Three Best Ways to Hire the Right Nanny

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Almost all moms today go back to work after a few months they’ve given birth due to financial concerns. Hence, they’re faced with the need to hire a reliable nanny who will take care of their newborns while they’re not at home. Do you find yourself in similar situation? Read the rest of this post to get some ideas on finding the best carer for your child.

Have definite requirements. How do you want your future nanny to be? Do you want a nanny who will treat your child as her own? Do you want a nanny who will instill values in your child? Or, do you want a nanny who will attend to your child’s needs only? Take the time to list all the characteristics and skills you’re looking for in a nanny. Finalize it before putting up an ad.

Advertise. You can contact an agency to put up an ad for your need to hire a nanny. Hiring a nanny through an agency might require you to pay extra. It could be an added expense but you can be sure that all applicants will be screened thoroughly. You can also post your ads in your social media accounts. Tag your family, friends and relatives. They might be able to recommend a trustworthy nanny who they know personally.

Interview applicants. Make a short list of applicants who have passed all your requirements. Take note of their individual attitudes and experience in child care. Compose questions which reflect your concerns and the values you’re looking for in a nanny. Allow the applicants to share their personal and professional experiences while baby sitting or working as a nanny. This will help you peek into the real personalities of your applicants.

A Quick Guideline to Choosing the Best School for Your Child

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Many kids who receive education from reputable schools often acquire lifelong and significant careers after graduation. This proves that good education is essential in honing your child’s future. Hence, you must take the time to choose the right school for your child. Here are some tips that can help you start the selection process on the right direction.

Consider the methods of teaching. Does the school promote innovative teaching? Every child learns different subjects in a different manner. Some kids are visual learners while some are auditory learners. If you get the chance to sit in, check to see how teachers manage the class and handle individual learning needs of the students.

Ask about the extra-curricular activities. Involvement in these activities allows kids to grown into well-rounded adults. They also enhance kids’ learning experiences and family bonding. Study any available school program and see how extracurricular activities are incorporated in them.

Have a chat with the administrator and teachers. A short chat with them will help you get an idea if they are accommodating to all types of people. Finding that your child deal with caring, decent, intelligent and polite educators and school staff daily will give you peace of mind.

Inspect the school grounds. By personally visiting the school, you can check the real condition of the school’s infrastructure. Is the campus spacious enough to hold important extra-curricular activities and physical education classes? Kids need adequate space in order to learn and have positive relationships with their classmates and schoolmates. Check if the classrooms, laboratories, libraries and other facilities are well-equipped as well.

 

 

 

 

Five Creative Ways to Remember Your Wedding Day

Remembering your wedding day is one of the best things you can do to stay positive about your married life, if you’re going through tough times. Reminiscing about your promise of happily ever after and the special moments you shared with family and friends on that day will keep the promise alive of growing old with your partner. Therefore, you should consider creating keepsakes of this important celebration in your life which will help you recollect more memories to hold on to. Here are some tricks which you might want to include in your wedding memories preservation plan.

1. Frame your written vows. This is a great way to remind yourself and your partner of your promise of forever to each other. You can also frame a couple of your love letters, lyrics of your favorite song, your wedding invitation or the poem your maid of honor recited at the reception. You can hang this next to your wedding portrait, in your bedroom or on the wall beside the nook where you have coffee together.

2. Dry your bouquet. Hang your bouquet in the air to let it dry. If the petals and leaves start to fall off, consider arranging them in a creative form. You can also hire a professional to preserve your bouquet and have it stored in a dome or frame.

3. Freeze a piece of your wedding cake. Some couples freeze a slice of their wedding cake which they’ll eat on their first anniversary. If you’re keen to do this, choose a cake that freezes well and stays tasty after being frozen.

4. Keep your wine bottles. Bring home a couple of empty wine bottles from the reception. Ask a few of your guests to write their messages and wishes for you on small pieces of paper and drop them into the wine bottles. You can also preserve the wine you had during the cake cutting ceremony. Make sure to store it in a cool and dry place so you can enjoy its perfect taste at your anniversary.

5. Display candid wedding photos. Candid photos or stolen shots will help you remember the unguarded moments you had and the emotions you felt on your special day. Choose your favorite pictures and print them in different sizes so you can hang them appropriately in various parts of your house.

Are you looking for other ways to preserve your wedding memories? Read this detailed infographic from Affordable Preservation for details.

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Three Things Horses Need to Stay Healthy

Horses are huge, strong animals and are great companions for humans when it comes to work and leisure. While they may look resilient, lack of proper care and attention can easily and quickly cause them to become unwell.

Proper care for horses requires adequate provision for their basic needs. Here are three things you must provide for your horse to ensure his optimal health throughout the year.

Good habitat – Horses need protection from weather and other harmful elements in the environment. You can keep your horse in a barn or in a stall, but you must turn him out to pasture during the day so he can get enough exercise. Make sure that your paddock has sturdy fences and shade trees. Fences keep horses from wandering while shade trees or a canopy keep horses from experiencing heat stress as they frolic under the sun.

Heat stress can lead to poor performance and also to heatstroke which can be fatal. Read this detailed infographic from Horseland to discover the warning signs of heat stress and the things you can do to help your horse avoid it.

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Good food – Horses are grazing animals. They need to be fed with hay in the morning and in the evening. Consider your horse’s size and exercise routines when buying the right amount and kind of hay for him. You can also feed your horse with quality grain instead of hay. Provide a clean supply of water to keep your horse hydrated and salt or mineral licks to give him the necessary nutrients.

Good grooming – Regular grooming is key to keeping your horse’s coat clean and shiny. It also gives you the ideal opportunity to monitor the general health of your horse. Presence of cuts, fungus, ticks and broken hooves can be addressed easily when you bathe and groom your horse frequently.

Above everything else, horses need to feel appreciated and loved. So take the time to bond with your horse. He will perform better and live longer when he’s emotionally and physically healthy. Also, take the time to discover products and gain insights to help you in the proper care for your gentle giant.