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Get Your Wardrobe Ready for Winter

Colder months are upon us. As fall slowly creeps in, it won’t be long before winter comes in all its glory as well. Also, now is a perfect time to reorganize and refresh your wardrobe so that you’re completely ready to say goodbye to summer and warm sunny days. As you start replacing your summer clothes with those that are more appropriate for winter and fall, make sure to check whether every garment is in a good condition and whether you need to buy something new for the upcoming season.

Prep The Shoes

It’s very important that your winter boots and other shoes for colder weather are nice, clean and water resistant. Before you put them in your wardrobe or shoe cabinet, make sure to thoroughly clean any stains or dirt that stuck to your footwear. Also, conditioning them with a special balm will make them look as good as new and polish them nicely. In case that you need to get yourself a new pair of winter shoes, make sure to always go for warmth and comfort and seek the ones that are marketed as water resistant.

Get The Sweaters Out

Everyone enjoys sweater weather. Therefore, remember to take your winter sweaters out from the storage and air them properly. If necessary, give them a good wash as well. By doing that now you’ll be able to see if the sweaters have any pills so that you can trim them with scissors or remove them with a fabric shaver. Remember to leave wardrobe freshener inside. That way your sweaters will always have a nice smell and you could even make your own wardrobe freshener as a fun DIY project.

Stock Up on Basics

Even though you love your wool sweaters and jumper dresses, make sure that you also have enough basic pieces in your wardrobe. In this regard, if you have to buy something new, go for the basics first. Layering your clothes will not only make you trendy but warm as well. Together with interesting scarves and flattering cardigans, your outfits will look a lot more put together while the chills won’t be able to get you down.

Check Your Coat

If you already own a fine coat, make sure to freshen it up by getting it to dry cleaner’s or airing it out. Of course, de-lint your coat with a good coat brush so that it doesn’t look worn out and messy. On the other hand, if you decide that it’s time to buy a new coat, make sure to consider investing a bit more money in the purchase. Good quality outwear is worth the investment because that way you’ll be able to get the most use out of it for many cold seasons to come. What’s more, if you go for a timeless design, you’ll definitely manage to look fashionable and elegant in the future as well.

Wash The Accessories

Some might say that the accessories make the whole outfit. If you want to rock your fashionable hats, scarves and gloves this winter, make sure to give them a good wash. Most people neglect washing these accessories, which can cause skin irritations over time. Remember, hat touches your hair and forehead, gloves touch the skin on your hands while you’d usually wrap the scarf around your neck and chin and sometimes even mouth. Therefore, you don’t want any source of bacteria from these accessories.

With everything said and done, try to properly organize your wardrobe and either invest in or make your own storage solutions. That way, your garments will be neatly kept and you’ll know exactly where everything is. For storing your summer clothes away, consider putting them in vacuum bags so that they don’t take up a lot of space.

The Healthiest Takeaway Options for You and Your Little Ones

Now and then we like to treat ourselves (and our children) to a takeaway. Fast food isn’t something that should be scoffed every day. However, there’s no harm in having something naughty every once in a while. You may be surprised to learn that there are some healthier options out there too. It’s not all just greasy burgers and salty chips. To prove my point, here are the healthiest takeaway options for you and your little ones.

Chinese Food

Many people believe Chinese to be the healthiest of all the takeaway options. After all, there’s plenty of vegetables in there. Plus, don’t we all make stir fries at home? And they’re supposed to be healthy! Chinese takeaways can be filled with battered goodies and sugary sauces, however. If you want a better option, try to steer clear of anything battered. Look for wok-fried or steamed dishes instead. Fish is always a good choice. As is steamed rice. Don’t forget to go for the meal that has plenty of veggies in, too. Avoiding salty and sugary sauces is the way to go with Chinese food.

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Indian Food

Most Indian takeaway dishes contain several grams more fat than the recommended daily allowance. Hardly a healthy treat then! However, there are ways to bring all that fat content down. Primarily, go for the dishes that are sauce-free. Like Tandoori chicken, for example. Many of the sauces are packed with cream and artificial colours. So, keep away from anything that looks unnaturally red or orange. You should also only pick one carbohydrate filled side dish, such as rice or a naan bread. Don’t be greedy and go for both!

Fast Food

There are so many fast food chains out there, many of which claim to be a healthier option. Subway, we’re looking at you. Did you know there are 1,640 calories in a McDonald’s Big Tasty Burger with large fries and a banana milkshake? Even those bananas won’t save you. Go for mini portions, such as a KFC mini fillet instead. The complete KFC menu is listed on fastfoodmenuprice.com if you want to have a nose. Swap your fries for something healthier, such as a side order of corn. And ignore those ‘go large’ offers at all costs.

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Pizza

Who doesn’t love pizza? You’d be hard pushed to find someone who doesn’t admit this is their weakness. Plus, it seems to be a kids’ party staple. Unfortunately, that takeaway pizza is probably one of the most fattening things you can scoff. Especially as most of us can get through a fair few slices, with sides. Your worst options are meat feasts and stuffed crusts. We won’t even get into how many calories are in those delicious dips. If you want a healthier version, then you’re best off making pizza at home. It doesn’t take too long to rustle up, and it’s fun for the kids too.

So, if you are going to treat your family to a takeaway, then it’s best to plan ahead. Make healthier choices for you and your children, so that you don’t feel so guilty afterwards. And remember, these should be a treat. Not an everyday occurrence!

 

Keeping Your Kids Entertained in the House: Inspiration and Ideas

Sometimes, there’s just no way you can take your kids to play outside. You might have torrential rain in your area, or perhaps you need to wait at home for a food delivery. Whatever the reason, you need ways to keep your kids stimulated indoors. You don’t always want them to sit in front of the TV for hours either! This post should give you plenty of inspiration and ideas, so you don’t have to fret:

Bake Something

Baking stuff is one of the best things you can do to keep kids entertained. They’ll improve their cooking skills, learn all about tastes and ingredients, and you’ll both get to enjoy the results afterwards. You don’t just have to stick to baking either; you could let them help you make dinner, or invite them to make their own lunch. By letting them choose their own ingredients, they’ll quickly learn what works together and what doesn’t.

Teach Them to Sew

Sewing is a great skill to have, especially when they’re older and they want to repair toys, clothes, or make something brand new. Sewing can even be a great way to create a pretty picture to hang on the wall. Cross stitch is the easiest stitch to teach them, so start off with that. You also need to make sure that they aren’t going to hurt themselves with the needle you give them. Safety around sewing equipment is very important. Who knows, when they grow up they might enjoy making their own clothes, cushions, and other stuff. This could be a lucrative career for them! This could be a lucrative career for them – careful though, they’ll be after an overlocker in no time!

Help Them Write a Story

Kids love making up fantasy characters and lands, so why not encourage them to write a story? You could leave them to their own devices, or you could get involved. A fun way to make a story is for each person to write a paragraph in turn, having only seen the last sentence of the last person’s paragraph. This usually results in a hilarious story. As many people as you like can get involved too.

Make up a Dance Routine

If your kids have a favourite song, why not get them to make up a dance routine to it? You can tell them that they can perform for you later, and maybe even the rest of the family too. Like a big show that they need to rehearse for!

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Create an Obstacle Course

Obstacle courses are a lot of fun, and they can be a great way to wear your kids out if you want them to have a nap or settle down afterwards. You’ll need to change things around and you might make a bit of a mess, but it’ll be worth it when your child goes off to bed without  complaining.

Tie Dye Old Clothes

Both you and your kids probably have a load of old clothes. Why not practice tie dying them? Customising clothes is a lot of fun, and the kids will be proud when they wear the garments. You can experiment with lots of different techniques too, so it can’t get boring.

Play ‘Hot and Cold’

Hide something of your child’s, and then get them to look for it. You tell them ‘cold’, ‘cool’, ‘freezing’ and other similar terms when they aren’t close to the item. Tell them ‘hot’, ‘warm’, and ‘boiling’ when they are close by. This is a great way to improve their problem solving skills.

Make Something

Making something detailed can take a lot of time, so this should keep your kids suitably occupied. They could make something out of play dough, lego, or even matchsticks. There’s no limit to what they can make if you have the supplies!

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Give Them a Book or Comic to Read

If your kids get into reading from a young age, they’ll improve their language, spelling, and grammar skills. If you take it in turns to read to one another, they’ll improve their speaking and listening skills too. Reading a story can help take them to a new world and ignite their own imagination. This could be in the form of a book or comic; it’s up to you!

Play a Board Game

With all of the games on the internet these days, people forget that board games exist. Classic board games such as Monopoly and Scrabble are a lot of fun, and again, they help to improve certain skills.

Play Games and Take Quizzes Online

Playing games and taking quizzes online is always a safe bet, and there are literally hundreds to choose from. Just remember to monitor the kind of things they’re doing to ensure they are suitable for their age. If they’re struggling with a particular game or quiz, http://www.quizanswers.com can be a useful resource. It’ll keep them quiet for a bit, anyway!

Get Them Into Origami

Origami is a magical hobby where you can turn a simple sheet of paper into something much more complex and exciting. Swans, fortune tellers, balloons, airplanes, and even a mini Yoda can all be created out of paper. It’s all about knowing how to fold it in just the right way to get the desired result.

Watch a Classic Film

Is there a particular film you loved as a child? Perhaps a film that you feel changed your outlook or helped you in some way? Why not introduce it to your children? Sharing things you once loved with your children is a wonderful experience, especially if it helps them the same way it helped you. There are some films kids just have to see, such as It’s a Wonderful Life or The Wizard of Oz.

You can’t do much better than using these ideas to entertain your kids. Try a few of them to see what they like doing best. If you have more than one child, one might like to do one idea, while one tries another. Make sure you can supervise both so that they stay safe.

Have fun keeping your kids entertained!