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3 Things People Forget To Do When Moving Home

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Ah, the joys of moving house.

With much to do and think about, from actually buying a house to sorting out your packing boxes for moving day, you can be forgiven if you forget a few minor details in the process. 

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5 Things To Do Before Starting A Family

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Starting a family is a massive decision, and it will be different for everyone. Some couples will want to start young so they can have lots of kids, some babies are an unexpected (yet wonderful) surprise, and some people decide to wait until much later on before they have kids. There really is no right or wrong answer, it’s all down to you and your circumstances. However, if you want to make things a little easier for yourself, there are a few things you’re able to do in your life before kids come along. It’s not essential, but if you want to plan and be prepared, here are some things you can do before starting a family. 

Consider your career

Working around raising a family isn’t the easiest, and it’s something that couples often struggle with. There was once a time when the man would go out to work and be the breadwinner while the woman would stay home and raise the children, but times are changing now. Many women now have excellent careers, or the drive to continue working around having children. High living costs means that families often need two working partners just to make ends meet, whether they want to or not. If you’re early on in your career, you could think of ways of taking a more flexible route. For example, if you’re a hairdresser or beautician you could go self employed and work from home or mobile once you have children as a way to fit things in around having them. If you have a trade or a skill, you could look to open your own business later down the line so that you’re in control. Lots of types of jobs these days give you the opportunity to work from home which can be useful as a parent as it gives you more flexibility. It’s probably not going to be possible with a newborn, but when your child starts going to nursery or preschool you could use this time to go home and work through your tasks, without the need to dress a certain way, travel to the workplace or anything else that can take added time and effort. 

Find the right place to live

If you’re set on having children, finding a place to live before they come along can save a lot of stress and hassle compared to moving when you’re pregnant or with a young child. If you currently live in a flat, a house that’s difficult to access due to lots of stairs or somewhere that’s just not the type of home or area you’d want for a family then consider moving early on. Get yourself a family home that’s close to schools you’d be happy to send your future child to. Check out if there are things like parks and amenities nearby. If you want a garden and a certain number of bedrooms then ensure those boxes are ticked. That way you can work on doing up the property, putting your stamp on it and getting settled before starting your family. Before you have children, there are lots of things you don’t really think about when you’re choosing your home, and so the place you live in now might not be suitable. When you’re looking for your next property, keep in mind your future family and choose the house as if you already have your child or children. That way you won’t need to go through the stress of moving later down the line. 


Work on your health

Having a baby requires a whole load of complex body and hormonal processes to take place. It’s no wonder it’s called ‘the miracle of conception’ as there are many pieces to the puzzle, and if just one of them is wrong then it simply can’t happen. Getting yourself into the best condition physically is one of the most important things you can do. Getting down to the right weight, eating healthily and exercising- along with keeping your stress and mental health in check will all help you to regulate hormones. This is true in both men and women, and starting a good few months before you conceive is a good idea. Consider taking pre conception vitamins, you can buy these for both men and women and they ensure you have everything you need alongside a healthy diet. If you have any chronic health conditions, speak to your doctor and find out if any changes will be needed before you try for a baby. You could even look into getting more ‘minor’ complaints sorted- eczema treatment for skin problems, dental work and eye tests done beforehand. It just means that it’s one less thing to think about once you fall pregnant, and you’ll feel good knowing that your health is all under control. Hopefully you don’t have any problems with conceiving, but if you do, you can at least rule out a lot of different things if you’ve already spent time working on your health beforehand. For example, if you’re already active with a bmi that’s within normal range, you won’t be fobbed off by the doctor saying that this could be the cause, as it will be clear that it’s not. A great way to take control of your fertility before having a baby is to start tracking your cycles and ovulation so you have an insight into what’s going on in your body. There are a number of ways to do this, from ovulation prediction kits to basal body tracking.

Get your finances in check

Having a baby is always going to be expensive. Along with all of the items they need, from a pram to a cot to nursery furniture, clothes, toys and so much more, you also have to factor in the loss (or at least partial loss) of one income at first, and then the continued loss or the cost of childcare later on if you return to work. Having some savings behind you is one of the best things you can do, open a joint account with your partner then set up a standing order so that a set amount is taken from your main account and transferred over every payday. It doesn’t need to be a huge amount, but if it takes you a year to conceive and then another nine months to grow a baby, even ten or twenty a week each could add up to a couple of thousand to spend as you need once they arrive. Aim to have all debts paid off and have your finances running smoothly before the baby is born. If you set all of your bills to come out of a separate bills account by direct debit, you can be sure they’re paid each month without having to phone up different companies or pay things separately. One less thing to do when you’re caring for a newborn! 

Consider your support system

Having a baby is one of the times in your life that your support system is absolutely invaluable. While it’s an exciting time it can also be full of nerves and anxiety, there are probably a million and one things on your mind. Having a support system there really helps with the ups and downs, chatting things through can help to give you a different perspective. Loved ones can raise you up when you’re down, or just be a shoulder to cry on when you need it. If you’ve drifted apart from family and friends, make the effort to rebuild relationships. The one with your own parents is liklely to be invaluable at this time, as well as siblings and close friends. Having a network of love and trust around you is one of the best things you can do before starting a family, and once your little one arrives they will get to reap the benefits of this too. Don’t feel as though you have to do it all alone, you don’t need to stay strong and keep your emotions in. Sometimes the healthiest thing you can do is let it out and chat it through with someone that cares, and once you get pregnant you might find you need to do this more often.

Are you planning on starting a family soon, or in a few years? What sorts of things are you going to do in preparation?

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Simple House Buying Tips

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When you are ready to buy your first home, there are a lot of big decisions to make. It can be a nerve-racking period, with a lot of unknowns going on. However, these tips might just make the process a little bit easier for you. 

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Why Preparing for the Worst Can Make You Happier

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Most people will hear that you prepare for the worst and consider you someone who’s forgotten to see the joy in life, but that is far from the truth. Anyone who does what they can to prepare for the worst understands it’s not about thinking the sky will fall at any moment, but it is about being able to overcome the problems when they arise. 

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Chest Pains That Feel Scary But Aren’t Life-Threatening

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We’ve all had a least one true moment where we thought we were having some kind of dangerous chest pain. Human beings are such frail creatures sometimes, and even doing something completely normal can trigger a sudden pain. Maybe you’re working out and actually, trying to get healthier. Suddenly you feel a rapid and sharp chest pain right up close to your heart. Are you dying? Should you call 911? Well, let’s not be too hasty because there are in actual fact, many different causes of chest pain that doesn’t mean you’re in cardiac arrest. At the time it certainly feels like it but don’t worry, here are some reasons that will make you more aware of what’s going on.

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5 Ways To Improve Your Home Security This Christmas

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Our homes are an extension of ourselves, making a break-in or theft from our property a personal blow. At this time of year as we gear up for Christmas, we start to fill our homes with the latest gadgets, toys and items, making them even more attractive to opportunistic thieves and criminals. To keep yourself, your belongings and your property safe, here are 5 ways in which you can improve your security over the Christmas period. 

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Anti Ageing Tips For Men

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At some point or other in our lives, we all start to think about the ageing process, and an argument of us consider what we would like to do to slow down the ageing process. The beauty industry has picked up a large following of people who are willing to spend a lot of money on makeup and skincare to prevent this skin ageing. But there are other ways in which we can avoid the appearance of our ageing process.

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Towing A Camper or Trailer? Are You Looking After Your Fifth Wheel?

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Hidden Dangers in Your Home

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We associate our homes with safety and security, but there are a surprising number of dangers lurking within your property. Although you can’t always see them, it’s important to be aware of the hazards which could be affecting your health.

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Natural Ways to Get Your Energy Back

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When you were younger, you may have felt as though you have so much energy in the day. Nowadays, that may not be the case, and you may even struggle to get through without having a nap.

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Safety Tips For Fleet Drivers

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A fleet company can be a wonderful thing. Not only can you work for yourself and make great money and a contractor, but the hours are flexible and you have the scope to work in any part of the world. When it comes to running a fleet company there are a lot of factors to consider including money, environmental impact and logistics. The most important thing to ensure though has to be safety.  This is why today we want to talk about some of the top safety tips to consider. 

Use Technology

Driving for long hours on often dark roads is always going to be difficult. It is incredibly important as a driver not to get distracted and risk an accident. This is why it is important to use technology such as a sat nav, dash cam, and reversing sensors to make the drive easier. As well as this In terms of fleet management, a telematics company can be used to track drivers with GPS and this will ensure you always know where they are. If they ever get into trouble you’ll be able to track them down and ensure that they are safe. 

Pay for a course

One of the great ideas you can use when ensuring the safety of all fleet drivers in your party is a course. Running a course for safety will give both you and your drivers valuable information that will allow you to provide the best safety for your business. Although this will cost a bit of money, it is more than worth it for the future. 

Use rewards

The idea of dangling a carrot on a stick in front of drivers might not seem useful, but when you are looking to ensure the safety of your drivers and the business, rewards can be worth investing in. By offering rewards for safer driving on the roads you will be able to incentivise your drivers to stay safe on the road and not to endanger themselves or others. 

Get great insurance incentivize

The most important thing to think about when you are managing a fleet business is the insurance. It is crucial for you to invest in a good insurance policy that covers drivers against all manner of things. If you deal with the haulage of products, it is important to insure vehicles for contents, and if they are every stolen you will be able to get the money back. 

Maintain the vehicles 
When you have a car at home that you use every day without issue, it is easy to forget those regular checks to keep the car healthy. However when running a business that relies on vehicles; you should be more vigilant. Mark a day on the calendar each month where fluids are topped up, tire tread is safe, and pressure is checked. Make sure that every month you carry out these simple jobs to keep your trucks healthy and allow them to last for much longer. Book a service twice a year if you are able as vehicles are used heavily. This will allow you to keep vehicles safe and the drivers safe.

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Tips that will Help you to Boost your Energy Naturally

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Boosting your energy naturally doesn’t need to be difficult. If you follow the below tips then you’ll see a difference in no time at all.

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3 Ways To Care For Patients In Your Medical Business

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There are a lot of reasons why you might be keen to run a medical business, but the best and most likely is that you want to help people in their time of need. Being able to say that you are doing something which actually makes a difference to people’s lives in this way is hugely important and rewarding, and so it’s definitely something to think about for that reason alone. Of course, running a medical business is tricky, and you need to make sure that you are actually doing whatever is necessary to care for your patients along the way as best as you can. In this post, we are going to take a look at three of the most important ways that you might choose to do this, so you can be sure that you are doing what is necessary to really look after your patients.

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Beneath The Surface: Looking After Your Skin The Right Ways

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Your skin is the barrier between you and the world. These days, there are so many concerns about our skin, as well as things like allergies, that we worry about the right products to use. But in actual fact, when you want to look after your skin the right way it’s a combination of the right products but also, going beneath the surface. What are the right ways for you to look after your skin, inside and out?

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Why Gardening Is A Great Hobby For The Retired

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If you’re planning for your retirement, you might be thinking about what you could do with all that new spare time that you’ll have. You’ll have more time to spend on your current hobbies, and the time to take up some new ones. Gardening is a classic activity for retired seniors, with good reason. Here are some great reasons to consider indulging your green fingers and getting out into the garden. 

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Never Hurts to be Prepared

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Whether you work for yourself or you head up a small team, when you’re in charge everyone looks to you for, well, everything. You have all the answers from business strategy down to where the first-aid is kept. It’s this latter issue that we’re going to talk about today and ask you to ask yourself: when’s the last time you updated your emergency kit either at home or in the office, or both?

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Ultimate Money Saving Tips and Tricks

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We’d all like to save money. Nowadays, the price of living is high and many of us find ourselves left with minimal disposable income once we’ve paid for all of our bills for the month. But the good news is that there are probably plenty of ways for you to reduce your outgoings and boost the amount of disposable income you have. Of course, this is going to require a certain level of change in your day to day lifestyle for you to achieve, but generally speaking, it’s more than worth the effort. Here are a few tips and tricks that you might want to consider and try out yourself!

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7 Essential Tips For Seniors Who Love To Travel

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Struggling to Choose a Career? Three Tips to Help Your Find Your Calling

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Feeling unsure about what you want to do in life doesn’t mean that you aren’t going anywhere. It means you haven’t fully understood yourself yet. These considerations will help you see your state of uncertainty as a chance to establish what you care about and find the right direction.

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Tips To Help Calm Your Mind

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We all can get overwhelmed at times in our life, and our mind can be one of our biggest enemies. In moments where you feel stressed or anxious, here are some tips to help calm your mind.

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