Being a mom has always been a non-stop and round the clock role, but even more so in this day and age. With meeting deadlines at work, cleaning the house, making sure the kid's homework has been done and done well, who has the time to make a delicious and nutritious dinner anymore. We can barely find a spare minute in the day, never mind a couple of hours.
Well, believe it or not, there are few tips and tricks that can help you put a healthy homemade meal on the table every night and not have to quit your job or hobby in the process. Yup, more time with the kids, more time with the love of your life, more time for you and less time cooking. Here’s how
When some people go to view a home, they are in and out in just a few minutes. If you think that this may be the place that you spend the next couple of decades of your life, you start to realize just how crazy this is! Even if you have found a property that seems to be in an ideal neighborhood and one that ticks all the right boxes, it is certainly worth taking a closer look. But the question remains: what are you actually looking for? Well, here is a handy checklist that will help you determine whether you are buying the right property for you.


Allergies are horrible. When you want to be out enjoying the great summer weather, you’ve got itchy eyes, and you can’t stop sneezing. But having allergies doesn’t have to mean hiding away inside all summer. There are some ways that you can reduce the effect of allergies and survive the summer with relatively little pain. If you’re fed up of struggling with your allergies, here are a few simple things that might help you to relieve them a little bit.


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DIY is one of those things that people either embrace or reject entirely. But that’s not the best approach to take. That’s because there are times when DIY can be the best way forward, and other times when you really need to get help and not do it all yourself. Making the wrong choice can cause damage to your home and cost you time and money going forward. You can learn about when and when not to do it yourself below.
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I have a question for those of you who set their alarms for 6 AM so that you have enough time to go jogging, walk the dog, have breakfast and prepare a dashing clothing combo for the day… do you set aside 5 minutes of your time to care for your skin? I think not.

Fine, you probably do put on some makeup to mask those bags under your eyes (or even a pimple that was not there last night!). Since getting up before dawn will disturb your beauty sleep, we have a beauty routine you can incorporate into your busy morning and prevent any imperfections from appearing in the first place.


Since the dawn of the human race, people have turned to the earth to heal their illnesses, injuries and woes. It is only of late that we find resistance to using certain plants, or plant-based remedies because of the fear of the side effects or lasting impacts of the plants and organics. A field of botany has emerged called ethnobotanicals, which focuses on the study of medical applications, religious beliefs and cultural uses of certain plants and trees. Ironically, most of the plants studied for ethnobotanical reasons are not positive.

What Are Common Ethnobotanicals?
The most popular and well-known ethnobotanical is cannabis. Everyone has heard of it and everyone knows someone who has engaged in the use of cannabis. There are countless scientists and medical professionals studying the effects and impacts of cannabis for both positive and negative uses. Another ethnobotanical that is less common now, but was common several years ago is called Ergot Rye - which is used in synthetic manufacturing in LSD. A third common type of Ethnobotanical, which is on the verge of extinction in countries like Thailand is Kratom; this tree-based botanical is used to create Kratom powder which is used in herbal medicines and more.

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Are you someone who needs a cup of coffee to help you through the day? Do you love nothing more than a trip to Starbucks for your favorite flavored latte? If so, the good news is that there are plenty of reasons why you should drink coffee! Read on to discover the many benefits associated with everyone’s favorite mom’s most loved drink.

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Running a car can be expensive, especially if you are young. However, for most of us, it is a necessity. This does not mean that you simply have to accept the costly bills you are running up every month, though. There are actually a number of different ways that you can save money on your vehicle expenditure, as you will discover below.

  1. Check tyre pressure regularly - It does not take long to check tyre pressure. Spare a mere five minutes every two weeks to ensure that your tyres have the right pressure. If you aren’t sure what the right pressure for your tyres is, you should be able to find the figures near the lock inside the driver’s door. Why is this important? Well, your car will need more fuel to move down the road if the tyre pressure is too low.
  2. Choose your vehicle wisely in the first place - A Mazda cx-5 and a Mercedes-AMG are going to have very different running costs. This is why it is so important to do your research in the first place to ensure that you buy a fuel efficient vehicle that is not going to cost a fortune to run.
  3. Turn the air-conditioning off - It can be very tempting to leave your air-conditioning on all the time. After all, it keeps the vehicle cool and comfortable during the summer, and throughout the winter it stops the windows from misting up. However, your air-con will use quite a lot of fuel, so it is best to keep it off.
  4. Accelerate smoothly - The ideal way to travel is in the highest gear, i.e. five or six, and at a constant speed. This means that the most patient drivers are the ones that are going to have a lower fuel bill. Of course, it is virtually impossible to go about your daily life without overtaking drivers at some point, but you should avoid overtaking simply for the sake of it. What’s better - a bit of instant gratification or a much cheaper fuel bill?
  5. Don’t drive during rush hour - No one wants to spend their time stuck in a traffic jam; not only is it exceptionally boring, but it is an expensive way to travel. Instead, it is a good idea to get to work a bit earlier and leave a bit later in order to avoid the traffic. Your car will use a huge amount of fuel every time your car stops and starts.
  6. Don’t avoid insurance - No matter how expensive insurance is, you need it. Don’t cut corners with an inadequate insurance plan or by avoiding a policy altogether. You will find yourself with a massive financial emergency on your hands if you end up in a crash.
  7. Stop idling - Last but not least, quite idling. If you have parked somewhere and you are waiting for someone, turn the engine off. Restarting your vehicle only takes about ten seconds worth of fuel, but idling can use a quarter to half-gallon of fuel each hour.
Being liked has to be one of the most universal and desirable character traits ever. We all want to be liked. We may accept that we won’t be liked by everyone all of the time, but we still want to be liked by someone all of the time. It is great for our confidence, our self-esteem, self-worth, and self-care, all of which we want to teach our kids because all of these are great for your health. And what’s more important than that (spoiler alert: nothing).

But what makes someone likeable?


Renovating a home is no walk in the park. Along with the cost, you often have to deal with planning permission, and run the risk of coming across problems such as asbestos and structural issues. Not to mention the fact that you’re mostly living on a building site while the work is being completed- noise, mess and the general hassle that comes from workmen coming and going. However, renovating your home can be well worth it. It makes it more valuable and also more practical too. Our needs can change over the years, and a home that once seemed perfect can quickly feel small and cramped when a few kids and pets come along. Maybe you have a hobby or have started working from home and need the extra room? Either way, here are just a few home renovations that are well worth the effort.

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Summer can be a beautiful time if you prefer warmer weather. It is also often the season when you can find it difficult not get work done and not be distracted. If you work from home, the sun streaming in and the call of your garden can make you want to abandon your work and go outside. Sometimes, you might be able to get your work done outdoors, but often that just means more distractions. To make it a little easier and pleasant to work at home during the summer, giving your home office a bit of a revamp could be what's needed. How about some of these ways to prepare your office for summer?


Heading to the beach may be the most exciting part of summer. It is almost always part of the itinerary this season for most people. Others prefer to give in to their adrenaline rush climbing that mountain slope or just about anything that gets you that summer tan to fit in the crowd.

Did you know that spending extended hours under the extreme summer sun can pose a serious danger to your hair and scalp? The same UV rays that bring damage to your skin without proper protection can equally hurt your hair and scalp.


Let’s face it: your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your house. It’s one of the most regularly used, and it needs to suit exactly what your family’s needs are. Here are some tips to help...

Consider Your Needs
First of all, think about what exactly your bathroom needs to be. If it’s a family bathroom that your kids will use, you may need a bath so that they - and possibly even your dog - can be bathed quickly. You may need plenty of storage for sheets and towels, or the space to put up a drying rack when the weather’s particularly bad outside and your dryer stops working. Thinking about what you need your bathroom to will help you work out both what you need to install and how much it will cost.


The modern family unit may have undergone some changes as the years have gone by, but underneath it, all the fundamental principles are the same. Busy family, noisy children, lack of time to do anything! Those three things will never change, but as it seems that every kid now has a device of some sort, and access to the Internet is an ongoing problem to try and police, you can feel a little worse for wear. At least 100 years ago, you had some peace and quiet right at the end of the night, but now, with some bright screen flickering in the corner of your eye, you can wake up feeling more tired than when you went to bed. And it’s a constant battle for every mom in the world, but technology can be making our job as a parent tough sometimes. Stress is something we appear to be wired for much more now, because of that overused sentence “information overload.” But it all adds up. Stress is the first stage of a troubled life. It is something that can lead to anxiety, then depressive episodes, and it’s something to really keep your eye on. And where is the best place to start?


Stretch Marks

You might have often seen white marks on your skin that are either small or long stripe located mostly near the moving parts of the body. Stretch marks generally appear on your skins due to stretching of the skin layer that causes a mark on the skin. These stretch marks occur due to movement of body parts, change in weight, pregnancy, obesity, etc.

Heredity, an increase in muscle, genetic disorder, hormonal change, disease, certain medications, etc. are some more reasons due to which stretch marks come into view in your skin. According to the doctor, this phenomenon is termed as Striate which are a common cause of most of the human being. It is not a serious reason, and they are easily cured by the use of medicine or home remedies. Although severe stretch marks which can't be healed by the natural way then people having, those marks should seek skin treatment.


Speaking at the Southeast Asia Public Health Conference, Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board Member Dr. Wang Chin-Kun underscored the role of balanced nutrition in the fight against obesity.

Global nutrition company, Herbalife (NYSE: HLF), is urging Southeast Asia consumers to actively combat obesity by adopting balanced nutrition habits in everyday living. Speaking at a lunch symposium of the 1st Southeast Asia Public Health Nutrition (SEA-PHN) Conference, Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board Member Dr. Chin-Kun Wang highlighted the role of balanced nutrition in supporting the fight against obesity and expressed concern on how often it has been underestimated in the region. Held on May 14 – 17, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the SEA-PHN Conference aims to promote and sustain public health nutrition in the SEA region.

There are many common health problems that nag away at us throughout life. Digestive problems are one of the best examples of this. A lot of us suffer from them, and we don’t do much to help cure them.

Well, in this piece, you’ll find four fast and effective ways to cure digestive problems once and for all:


When you’ve got kids, and a husband, and a job, and pets, it can be hard to find time to breathe, never mind relax. There’s so much to do in a day, that the thought of getting time for yourself can seem like a distant dream. However, we all know that you need to be your best you in order to give others your best. So, you need to have time out to be a good mother, a good wife and produce the best work. But, how do you do it? Here are some ways for mothers to relax.


When you have a house full of hungry mouths to feed, keeping the kitchen clean and tidy can take up a large percentage of your day. It’s a room you, likely, spend a fair amount of time in, between cooking healthy meals, cleaning, and making lunches. So it needs to be a room you want to spend your time in. Fashions come and go so a kitchen which hasn’t seen a splash of paint or new furniture for a while can start to look outdated. And most of us don’t have thousands of dollars to throw at an entire kitchen refit every five years. Here are just a few cheap and easy ways to give your kitchen a new lease of life, without the price tag.


As a parent, do you find it difficult to keep your kids healthy? Well, you’re not alone. Although they try their best a lot of parents are completely confused about how what they need to do to ensure their kids stay in good health. Diet is a big issue for parents.

Many of us are aware that child obesity rates are rising, but very few of us understand what type of diet we should give our kids. And at what point should we let them choose what they eat? What foods should you always stay away from and which ones are okay in limited amounts? It’s a tough road out there for a parent trying to keep their child in good health. However, there are simple rules you can follow to ensure that your child stays fit. Here are a few of the best tips and we’ll start by thinking about food and drink.

Everyone has days when they feel utterly exhausted, and it can be difficult just to get to the end. Sometimes, it's more than a day, and you have a period of utter exhaustion. When this happens, finding the time and ability to take a break and get some proper rest isn't easy, but it can be done. When you finally get a spare moment to yourself, you might be a bit unsure about what to do. If you're used to being busy all the time, having some spare time feels a bit foreign. Here are some of the things you should do first if you're exhausted and need to get your energy back.



We all need to eat the right foods to nourish our bodies, repair and thrive. But it’s especially important for children since they’re growing so rapidly. So when children become picky and refuse to eat what’s good for them, it can be a huge source of frustration for the parents. Thankfully we have developed plenty of tricks over the years to get as much of the good stuff into their diet as we can, without a daily dinnertime tantrum! Here are a few things to try
Getting a sense of style out of a rental property can be a big task. You might not have the space, or you might not have much to play with. You might not have a garden, or you might not have much of a living room! You might not have much of anything, but as more people are turning to rental properties because that’s all they can afford, you have a right to make some style out of where you spend a third of your time! Here are some quick tips, and don’t forget to ask the landlord’s permission!


The Dog Days of Summer are here! With the warmer weather comes more outside time for your pup and that means more potential hazards. It’s important to stay alerted of your dog's surroundings, so PuppySpot created this graphic to make sure your pup has their best summer ever! Use this as a checklist as we ease into the summer months and your dog will be ready to start the season happy and healthy. 

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If you’ve ever wondered why A-listers always look so well-made-up, it isn’t because they have a natural talent for makeup, it’s because they have professional makeup artists working their magic on them day in day out.

So, if you want to look as good as Amy Adams, Kendall Jenner or Scarlett Johansson, you need to check out these makeup artist tricks that will change your life:


It’s a shame that a lot of the best things in life are overshadowed by money. For example, having kids with someone and starting a family is an absolute gift. It’s the best thing to ever happen to you. But, raising a family is expensive, and you’re constantly having to manage your money and worry about saving every single penny.

Likewise, moving into a house with your family and owning a property is another amazing thing in life. Again, this comes with the lingering shadow of money problems. Owning a family home can be very expensive. Houses can necessarily leak money from so many different places, making them tough to own while having a comfortable life.

It’s difficult, but not impossible.


So, the kids keep asking if they can have a puppy and you’re starting to cave. But, in the back of your mind is the nagging feeling that you don’t need an extra responsibility. If you’ve never owned a dog before, the world of raising a puppy can seem daunting. They do require time and effort, especially during their puppy phase. So, is your family ready to take on the responsibility of having a dog? Here’s a list of what dogs need.

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,Congratulations, you’re expecting a baby! Welcome to one of the most exciting yet daunting periods of your life so far. While the task of mentally preparing yourself to become a parent is one that will no doubt take some time, the challenge of preparing your home is another matter entirely. Have you considered where the baby will sleep, or what you’ll do with your priceless collection of vases once he or she gets here? Joking aside, it’s vital that you spend as much time physically preparing as you do counting down the days until your baby’s due date. Can you honestly say that you’ve considered all the eventualities already? Those first weeks and months of pregnancy are a great time to get odd jobs done, and to prepare your abode for your baby’s arrival; if you’re lucky enough to overcome morning sickness and fatigue in your second trimester, things are about to get very productive indeed.

Do those odd jobs now
Are there any basic DIY projects that have you been trying, but failing to get done for the last few months – or even years? Whether you’d like to decorate the living room, create an en-suite, clear out the drains or renovate your garden, now is the time to get those niggling, odd jobs completed and out of your hair before the baby arrives. You certainly won’t have much time for wielding a paintbrush or stepladder in those early weeks of parenthood, that’s for sure. Take a good look at your home and create a plan; what can you afford to get done in the time you have left? What can wait? Now, put your plan into action and create the family home you’ve always wanted.

Anxiety isn’t the trivial problem that a lot of people think it is. Nor is it a rare issue; it affects millions of people in the United States. Anxiety can really disrupt someone’s life, making it difficult to do their job or face other people. It also goes hand in hand with depression - and I’m sure you’ve heard about the dangers of that.

If you’re having problems with anxiety, then here are some of the ways in which you can help tackle the issue. An alarming number of people simply put up with anxiety and don’t take any action; don’t let this be you!