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There is no doubt about it; your life has changed permanently, and it has changed for the better.

However, that doesn’t mean you have arrived in paradise. Being a new mommy presents several of its own unique and difficult challenges to be overcome, and one of the main ones is adjusting to that stir crazy stay at home lifestyle you will probably be living in the first months of baby’s life.

Keep Working

The first advice, look for side hustles from home. Today’s world has the advantage of being super interconnected. Take advantage of this. You will be busy with baby, no doubt, but you will also have lots of downtime where you are staring at the walls or some TV screen, frustrated. Getting a flexible side hustle of some sort (there are so many literally), will keep your brain from rotting and keep you on an even mental keel, as well as bringing in some always welcome extra funds for baby’s needs and other necessities and luxuries of the world.

Take Baby Out Frequently

By frequently, we mean at least once a day, if possible. Don’t be overly worried about the weather either; just dress baby appropriately for the occasion and you will be fine. The fresh air and the change of environment will do both of you worlds of good.

Walking is also an essential physical activity for all human beings. No matter if one is an Olympic athlete or an office worker, all of us need a certain amount of time walking. It’s impossible to be healthy without that. The sooner you get back into this routine, the better. Of course, if the birth was unusually difficult, you may want to consult your doctor first, but let him or her know you really want to get back into things as soon as possible.

Keep The Home Well Stocked

Whatever you need, make sure you have tons of it, and a constant fresh supply. This of course goes for diapers, formula (if needed), baby food, laundry detergent (you will be doing a LOT of laundry, and the detergent of course has to be infant suitable), bottles, anything else you can think of. Babies have tons of material needs, and running out is not a good outcome! If you don’t have a membership at something like a Costco or BJ’s or Sam’s Club, now would be a great time to take one out, as you will be buying in bulk like never before with baby!

Winter is coming, and that means it’s time to prepare your home, car, and kids. Make sure you load up on ingredients for winter meals and plenty of hot cocoa. Let’s look at a few tips to make winter easier for you and your family.

Keep the Heat In

Winter gets cold, so make sure your heater is in top working order. Schedule a professional maintenance check and avoid costly breakdowns later in the season. It’s also a good time to change out your air filter. A fresh filter ensures that your HVAC system traps the dust and irritants that cause runny noses and coughs.

The south side of your home gets the most sun in the winter, so open the drapes or blinds on that side. At night, close all drapes and blinds to insulate against the cold window glass. Don’t leave kitchen or bath exhaust fans running for extended periods of time. Turn them off when you’re done. Check your vents and make sure nothing like furniture, carpeting, or drapes is blocking the warm air coming into the room.

Stock Essential Supplies

Keep your kitchen stocked with ingredients to make soups and stews. There’s nothing like a hot meal to warm the body on a chilly day. Use spices, herbs, and root vegetables to flavor your winter recipes. While you’re at it, stock up on the supplies you need in case a winter storm downs the power lines.

Some food items to keep on hand include bottled water, peanut butter, canned juices, crackers, bread, and baby food if you have a young child. Also, carrots, squash, apples, raisins, and nuts stay fresh a long time. Keep apples in the fridge for up to a month. Other items important during electrical outages include:

  • Diapers
  • Pet food
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Extra blankets
  • Jugs of water
  • Salt and sand to spread on driveways and sidewalks
  • Medication supplies to last several days
  • First-aid kit
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio and clock
  • Cellphone

Keep emergency supplies in your car too in case you get stranded. Check your antifreeze levels, battery, and tires. Always carry jumper cables, small shovels, an ice scraper, and flares in your car.

Bundle up in Layers

Winter means warm clothes, and nothing keeps you warmer better than layers. Make sure your children wear several layers, like t-shirts, sweaters, and jackets, during cold snaps. A good rule for youngsters is to add one more layer than you wear yourself. Keep plenty of hats, gloves, and scarves on hand for bundling up. If you live in an area that expects snow, make sure your family members all have snow boots.

Before the first snowfall, buy a sled. The plastic ones are inexpensive and offer hours of fun for kids and adults. Also, keep plenty of board games on hand and extra batteries for electronic games in anticipation of days when staying indoors is your only choice. Know the signs of hypothermia and frostbite. If you’re shivering, it’s time to go in.

Follow these tips, and remember to bundle up and stay safe this winter.

Traveling is fun but difficult, especially for families. While you’re planning those scenic outings, museum trips, and hotel stays, you sometimes forget to pay attention to nutrition. Forgetting to drink water or eat foods with the right vitamins can actually make your jet lag worse. A tired, dehydrated family isn’t exactly the fun group of people you want to be on vacation with, so figure out some strategies for staying fed and healthy while away from home.

Road trips can be especially difficult. Your options for eating on the road can be dismal when all you pass on the highway are fast-food restaurants and gas stations. To keep from snacking on candy, bring a cooler filled with goodies like hummus, vegetable sticks, and PB&J sandwiches. If you have to eat at the gas station, buy items like dried fruit or nut mixes instead of candy bars and donuts. Once you get to your hotel room, your strategy for health is simple: get a room with a kitchen and do some of your own healthy cooking!

Eating and drinking in foreign countries can cause GI issues. To prevent diarrhea, brush your teeth with bottled water. To keep from getting heartburn thanks to unfamiliar cuisines, don’t eat large meals. Instead, try new foods in snack quantities and don’t eat a lot before going to bed, since that can make reflux worse. Learn more about staying healthy while traveling from Health IQ. The Eating Hacks: Family Vacations quiz is full of great tips!

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It’s common for people to have a hard time maintaining healthy sleep. In fact, it’s one of the biggest problems that many people run into when they’re trying to create a more healthy lifestyle. A significant reason that many people have such a tough time with healthy sleep is that they often just don’t know what it means to have healthy or unhealthy sleep, and they don’t know how to fix it. Here are a few ways you may be able to make your sleep a little healthier.

Only Use Your Bed for Sleep

This is something most sleep experts will recommend right off the bat. Using your bed to do anything other than sleep makes your brain associate it with awake activities. When it’s time to go to sleep, your brain is less likely to respond to your attempts to sleep. Just by moving your activities to a desk or even just the couch, you’ll be more likely to have healthy sleep. Your brain will recognize that lying down means it’s time to go to sleep, which is then more likely to happen.

Create a Routine Every Night

Your brain is hardwired to love routines. That’s how you create a habit; once you start a routine, your brain will automatically fall into that routine every time you start it. Your routine can be anything; maybe you put on your pajamas, then write in a journal, then lay down to go to sleep. After as soon as a few days, your brain will start to associate this routine with sleeping, and you might even start feeling sleepy as soon as you put on your pajamas.

Turn Off the Lights at a Certain Time

This also has to do with creating a routine. Light or lack thereof induces your brain to produce different chemicals, and the chemicals your brain produces without light are the ones that prompt you to start feeling sleepy. When you make a commitment to turn off the lights at a certain time, you’re ensuring that you get to sleep at about that time. If you have smart lights, you can even program them to automatically turn off at a specific time every night.


Avoid Screens for at Least an Hour Before Bed

Computer and cell phone screens are amazing technological feats. However, the blue light they produce can be very damaging for your sleep-wake cycle. That’s why many experts recommend you avoid computers and cell phone screens for at least an hour before you sleep. Consider filling that hour with non-screen-related activities, like putting away the dishes, reading a book, or writing in a physical journal.

Consider Supplements for Sleep

Supplements can be an incredibly useful way to maintain health, and that includes healthy sleep. There are many supplements out there that can help you maintain a healthy sleep cycle. Whether you’re experiencing active sleep problems or you just feel like you could be sleeping a little better, supplements could be a great way to do that.

One beneficial way to add sleep-based supplements to your routine is to use CBD sleep gummies from Charlotte’s Web. These gummies have both CBD and melatonin, which makes them a useful method of helping to maintain healthier sleep cycles. Plus, they’re portable and easy to place on your nightstand so you never forget to take them.

Conclusion

There are many different ways you can increase the healthiness of your sleep. Whether it’s as simple as moving to the couch to work or you decide to add CBD sleep gummies from Charlotte’s Web to your routine, you can implement some of these points to make your sleep healthier and more effective. Try them out either individually or side by side for even better results.

You’re probably reading this because you have a little one on the way and you know you have to plan a baby shower and maybe are even dreading it! Honestly, most baby showers could be done better, WAY better, so your sentiments of creeping doom are understandable.

Perhaps part of the problem is that they are things people think you have to do, and they do them out of obligation instead of by choice. But if you think about it honestly, would you want to live in a world where there is nothing in place of a baby shower? The first order of business if you want to have an awesome baby shower instead of just another mediocre one is to have the right attitude about it. Realize that it’s not going to be mediocre by default, but that you can and will make it better.

The first thing is, make sure you have good invitations. Baby shower invitations are a call to action, and they set the tone for the actual event to follow. The perfect invitation for a baby shower should be elegant without going overboard and getting all the way to pretentious. Check and double-check the grammar and the spelling, because once they go out, it’s too late. Also, please forego the traditional paper invites; they are no longer necessary in 2017. Even if you’re having a huge event, people can bring the image of the invite in their phones and we can all save a few trees.

Now, once people come, really the thing to concentrate on are the games. Don’t make these kind of mistakes, for starters. Definitely plan several diverse games, but for Pete’s sake keep your guest list in front of you the whole time you are doing it. This alone will save you the kind of potential embarrassment that we all definitely want to avoid!

Keep in mind these days that there are cultural differences to take into account. For example, in many parts of North America, baby showers are WOMEN ONLY! In other parts, it’s considered offensive for the men NOT to show up. So make sure that all your guests understand what kind of a party you are throwing. Especially if you’re planning on a women-only affair, make sure everybody knows to avoid a situation where only one woman brings her SO. Please note that, for example, in Latin America baby showers are almost always co-ed.

You see, it’s actually not that complicated. Follow this simple advice and your baby shower will stand out famously among all the other cringe-worthy ones.

Should you go with traditional cigarettes, traditional cigars, or little cigars?

That is a quandary many casual smokers find themselves in. It becomes especially profound when these casual smokers tend to be moms.

Why? Because as a parent, you always have this thought of influencing your children with your actions. Regardless of what you do, you have this indirect fear of how your action would affect your children and how it’d be perceived by their minds.

This thought is at its most prevalent when it comes to an activity such as tobacco smoking.

But since you may find that nicotine makes you relax and find peace, turning to it to unwind may not feel like a bad idea at all. That is when you need to clarify between the properties and effects of cigarettes and cigars.

Cigarettes as Compared to Little or Traditional Cigars

There are a few basic differences that set cigarettes and cigars apart. To help you understand them and which one would be a better fit for you, here is a list of those differing factors.

Consumption

When you are smoking cigarettes, you “inhale” the smoke, which goes directly to your lungs. That is how the nicotine is absorbed into your body.

But when you enjoy a traditional cigar, you don’t have to inhale it. The nicotine is absorbed through the lining of your mouth. This means that your lungs have minimal exposition to the tobacco. Little variations of cigars allow you to inhale the smoke. But it is not mandatory.

Manufacturing

Cigarettes are wrapped in their usual “cigarette paper” with the tobacco rolled inside of it. They also have a filter that is supposed to keep toxic particles and tar out of the smoke.

Whereas, little and traditional cigars are wrapped in tobacco leaves themselves (the little ones are also wrapped in a wrapper that’s 2/3 tobacco by weight). There is no ordinary paper used to roll them up. This gives them a special taste and provides them with their signature scent as well.

Taste

The tobacco in cigarettes is highly processed. This means that it is different in taste than little or traditional cigars. But the tobacco in cigars is not processed that much, which it gives a natural taste. This is why, little or traditional cigars are so sought after.

Keeping these details in mind, go through all of the relevant factors for cigarettes as well as little and traditional cigars. And select one option that suits your needs the best.