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How To Eat Healthier This Winter

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Winter isn’t always the kindest to your health, and anyone who’s experienced the Christmas bloat can agree that the overindulgence at this time of year can leave you feeling sluggish, heavy and generally unhealthy. It’s good to treat yourself once in a while, but it’s also important to look after your health during the winter months to ward off pesky colds and flu. You are what you eat, right? Since 2017 was all about me getting healthier and more fit by changing the way I eat and live, I wanted to share some tips on eating healthier this winter.

Get your vitamin boost with a morning smoothie

Vitamin C is essential for boosting your immune system, especially during the winter months. Dosing up on vitamin C can help protect you from colds and other viruses, while also giving you some much-needed energy. While oranges may be the first fruit that spring to mind, there are plenty of other fruit high in vitamin C such as kiwi fruit, strawberries, mango, and pineapple – which all make excellent smoothie ingredients. Pre-prepare some smoothie packs which you can freeze and use in the morning to give you an essential vitamin dose. You can do so much with smoothies, they are amazing. Think outside of the box, and don’t be afraid to add greens and other veggies in there, too. They taste great and can really offer you a balanced, super healthy drink/meal. Bonus: the milk will also offer you valuable vitamin D, which is in short supply during the winter (the best source is generally all that good sunlight).

Make soups with super ingredients

You can’t beat a batch of homemade soup as a tasty winter warmer, and most soup recipes are easy to whip up. The warmth is so comforting, plus it tastes fantastic, right? Imagine sitting next to a roaring fire, enjoying some gorgeous soup, dipping some delicious fresh bread, listening to some music. What, I ask, is better than that on a cold winter night?? The best thing about soup is that you can add some extra ingredients like calcium or protein to give them that something extra. Try an AlgaeCal recipe for a delicious broccoli and spinach soup which contains some extra calcium to help increase bone strength. Soups are an ideal way to use up leftover vegetables to help you limit your food waste. You can even stock up for future meals to make life easier on you by making extra and freezing the remainder to get you through the winter months.

Thicken up dishes with beans, pulses, and extra vegetables

Instead of filling your plate with carbs this winter, get your nutrition hit from adding extra vegetables, beans, and pulses to your dishes. Meals like curries, stews and pasta dishes can all be made more filling by adding some thickeners of the food variety. Beans and pulses give you that extra dose of protein while adding some spinach leaves can help you boost your iron levels. There are great winter vegetable recipes for you to try that are perfect for warming you up on a cold winter’s evening. Plus, they are really tasty.

Don’t overdo your portions

When you’re seeking warming comfort food in winter, there’s always the temptation to pile your plate high. Fight the temptation, people. Be strong. While it might make you feel good for a short while, the bloating and sluggishness will soon take hold. Eat a regular portion, enjoy it, then give yourself enough time to realize that warm deliciousness in your belly really did fill you up. Foods that are rich in protein will make you feel fuller and give your body more of what it needs, while you can always add some extra vegetables to your plate to fill you up. Take your time and enjoy.

By maintaining a good diet during the winter months, the whole family will feel happier and healthier. Try these simple tips to make weeknight meals fast and healthy and get cooking in the kitchen to enjoy healthier eating this winter.

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How to Prepare for a DIY Project the Right Way

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Carrying out DIY work in your home and garden is a good way to save money. No one wants to pay a handyman to come in and do the work for you when you could just easily do it yourself. However, you should prepare yourself as best as possible to avoid disaster or stupid mistakes. You don’t want to be “that guy” do you? You know the one – thinks he’s “got it” but then burns the house down? Read on and learn more before you approach your next DIY project.

Plan it Out Into Different Stages

Getting things organised and ordered in your head is the best place to start. You don’t want to approach it from a random angle and then get mixed up because you did things in the wrong order. Plan out the whole DIY project and organise it into various different stages that you can later follow.

Make Sure You Have the Right Tools for the Job

You’re going to need to make sure you have the right tools in place if you’re going to make a success of all this. Without the right tools, you’ll never achieve the right results. Don’t forget that. Tool Nerds compared the latest Circular Saws, so check them out if you need one of those. Doing research and reading reviews is essential. You need to make the right purchase or your work could suffer.

Source Your Materials

Once you have your tools in place, you’re going to need to source your materials too. Most DIY projects will require you to have certain materials in place. This could be wood or nails or whatever else. I know the big box stores seem easy, but a local supply store and hardware store work better for me. Better help, easier to navigate. Of course, it will entirely depend on the details of the particular DIY project you’re undertaking. Find a supplier who can offer a fair deal for the amount of materials you required. This can make or break the whole project.

Do the Simple Things First

You should start by focusing on the most simple things that you need to do. There is no sense in focusing on the things that are more challenging when you can do the easy things beforehand. Ease into it, check boxes off the list, start feeling good and start building that confidence, baby. It’s a big deal, so don’t be a hero, son. Build up to the hardest things before you even think about starting them.

Learn Before Taking on the Toughest Challenges

You need to make sure you know what you’re getting into and what it will take to complete your project successfully. Don’t just assume that you can play it by ear and get things done because that’s often not how it plays out. That is the best way to lose and lose big time. You need to educate yourself and learn new skills as you aim to get through different projects. Take the time to read up on what you plan to do, from the basics to the more complex stuff. You can do it, trust me. This way, you’ll make fewer crucial mistakes.

There is no sense in taking risks and throwing yourself into a DIY project before you’re ready for it. Make the most of what you’ve learned here as when you take on DIY tasks and projects in the future. Take your time, admit you need to learn, do it all at an easy pace, and get the job done in the end. You will feel like the man, you’ll learn a ton, and you’ll have a great base for any future DIY awesomeness.

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Work At Home

How to Start Your Own Home-Based Photography Business

Working from home is the ultimate goal for a lot of people today, and it is becoming a real possibility across many different industries. If you have a passion for photography and you are thinking about starting your own home-based business, read on to discover the key steps you need to follow.

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Decide what types of photography services you are going to provide – The first thing you need to do is decide what type of photography business you are going to be. Rather than trying to cater to everyone’s needs, you will usually find that you can attract more customers by providing a niche service. For example, you may decide to do wedding photography, or you may take photographs for businesses that require unique content for their brochures. Zone in on what you are best at and focus on that.

Develop your business plan – Just because you are setting up a business from home does not mean you don’t need a business plan. This is really important. It’s your roadmap to success and it will help you not only plan but to also stay the course. This takes time and all the thought and effort you can muster. You still need to outline all of the details of your business, including the services you will provide, marketing strategies, financial projects, and how you will differ from the competition.

Determine a business structure – Decide whether to create a limited liability company (LLC), an S-Corp, a C-Corp or a sole proprietor. Speak to people, speak to your accountant, look up the differences online. It’s a very important step, so make sure it’s the right one for you.

Create a business name – Take the time to find the perfect name for your business. This will become one of the most important parts of your brand identity, so you need to choose something that you are going to be happy with for years and years, and something that reflects the type of photography you do.

Officially establish your photography company – Once you have a business structure and name, you will need to obtain the correct license and permits required. This depends on where you are based.

Gather the suppliers and equipment you need – You probably already have some photography equipment if this is your hobby. However, you need to determine whether your existing equipment is of the level of quality required. You can’t afford to cut corners once you turn professional. The Nikon D3400 is a popular choice amongst experts. Don’t forget all of the other supplies you are going to need too. This includes packaging to deliver the photos, quality photo paper, photo editing software, batteries, flashes, and lenses. You may also need screens and lights so that you can control lighting for better photographs.

Marketing your business – Last but not least, you will need to create marketing materials. A website is a necessity, and it is also a good idea to consider business cards and brochures. You will need a portfolio to show off your work, but don’t use clients’ photographs without their permission. You will also need to master social media marketing, and it is advisable to attend events and trade shows that are catered to your market. For example, attend wedding shows if you are planning to do wedding photography.

There’s so much to consider when starting a business, whether it’s an at-home business or not. Just take your time and give it all you have. It’s always worth a shot creating something for yourself. It’s the best path toward success and it’s easily the most satisfying. It can be nerve-wracking, of course, but the risk is worth the reward. Best of luck!!

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5 Ways to Keep your Kids Safe at the Beach

We live on an island. Literally. We are close to the beach and we take full advantage. We love it as a family. There’s just something really amazing about it all. It’s funny that I love it so much since I never ever went as a kid, but the sound of the waves, the sun, the seagulls, the salt air. It’s just dope.

One thing is for sure, though, you have to be careful. Those waves and rip currents are mighty. When you have your kids, you have to be on high alert all the time, even when they are good swimmers. Plus, I have Irish skin…so we have to watch out for those sun rays, too!!! There are so many various beach safety tips when it comes to bringing the kids to the beach this summer. Parents have it rough when it comes to taking kids to the beach because you want to make sure they are safe from drowning, safe from the sun UV rays and safe from strangers. A parent’s job never ends and that holds true even on a relaxing beach day. Here are 5 ways to keep your kids safe at the beach:

Life Vests/Floating Devices

If your child is young and still isn’t a master swimmer, then try to be certain to place some form of a floating device on them. If you are at a lake beach, they can often simply have a floaty tub and arm floaties to work to keep them upright. When at the ocean for a beach day, further precautions should be taken into consideration due to tides rolling in. Be certain to purchase life vests and floating devices for any child who hasn’t become a master swimmer.

Broad Spectrum Sun Screen

Always apply a broad spectrum sun screen to your children. This helps reduce the impact of the sun’s dangerous UV rays. Sure your child may not develop skin cancer now, but too much exposure at a young age has been proven to create an issue with skin cancer later on in life. In addition to sun screen, but sure your kids have sunglasses that protect their eyes from the UV rays. There are many products out there, get which ones are best for your family.

Sit in the Shade/Bring An Umbrella

Allowing your kids to get a break out of the sunshine will keep them from experiencing heat stroke. Be certain to have lots of water with you on beach days so that the kids can maintain proper hydration levels. Water and shade will help make the full beach day a pleasurable one for the kids and parents. Plus it’s your job to ensure the kids get breaks so that they don’t shrivel up into prunes.

We always bring one or two beach umbrellas with us. It takes up little space but makes a huge difference. There’s always shade this way.

Set Rules & Boundaries

Often times there are flags or other boundaries set forth by the beach life guards and officials, but as a parent you know how well your kid can swim or not. Be certain to discuss any rules you have and boundaries to how far they can swim out before they hit the water. This helps the kids understand what you expect and what will happen if they don’t follow these rules. As with any situation, setting rules beforehand often alleviate mishaps and bad behavior.

Sign Language

No, I am not talking about actual sign language, but hand gestures that signal when you want the kids to come closer to shore or in from swimming altogether. Often times at the beach the noises are so loud that kids can’t hear you yelling to them. Create hand gestures that signify that the kids need to come to shore, stop and not go further, etc. This allows you to remain in communication with kids while they are out swimming.

Above all, being safe at the beach with kids is all about having open communication and knowing how well your kids can swim. Keep an eye out and try to swim only in locations that have life guards so you have some extra help in ensuring your kids can be safe if a mishap occurs.

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Fatherhood & Family

How to Motivate Kids During The Summer

Remember being a kid and looking forward to relaxing during summer break and then your parents assigned you all sorts of chores? Well that’s the job of us parents, to keep the kids motivated and busy during the summer season. If you are a parent looking for ways to ensure those kids stay motivated in the summer season, then read on to learn some tips.

Assign Chore Lists

Have a chore list for each kid to ensure they all know what is expected of them each day or week as it pertains to chores. While you may wish to let the kids have some relaxation and fun during summer break, reality is the kids need to have some chores as well to maintain some sanity in your household. Assigning chore lists to your kids will help keep the home clean and ensure the kids continue practicing good habits of cleanliness.

Plan Some Fun

Assign your kids a summer research project. This project will be all about them using the internet to plan a summer bucket list. Have each kid look for places to visit and sights to see in your local area. Have them search no more than a 2 hour drive away from your home town and see what fun they come up with. This will help ensure they keep their writing and reading skills up to par while planning some fun for the whole family.

Watch Educational Shows

If your kids are having some electronic time, while you get that work at home done, consider having them watch educational channels like PBS, The History Channel or Discovery Channel so that they are soaking in some knowledge. When kids watch more educational options on TV they in turn become more motivated because they are keeping their brains active. Kids who tune into educational type shows are more likely to maintain some motivation during break.

Make a Routine

Demand that your kids have a specific summer routine, especially during the week days to ensure they don’t sleep all day or eat all of the food in your home. Consider setting up a poster board on your wall in a family area that showcases how the day will go. This is great for kids who have extra-curricular activities during the summer season, as it will keep the whole family on routine and moving along during summer break.

Whatever option you choose to start with, each of these shared today offer an easy way to motivate kids during the summer season. Sure you can allow the weekends to be more relaxed. It is summer break but you must learn to keep those kids motivated or else they may just lose all of the hard earned education from last year and return to school with summer brain.

What are some ways you keep kids motivated during the summer season?

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How to Raise Entrepreneurial Kids

The future of success is held in the hands of our kids. What we do today as parents can inspire entrepreneurial kids. There are so many technology items in front of our kids today and they are watching our every move. Whether you realize it or not, kids are looking to their parents for inspiration and creative ideas to learn how to make their own cash. As your kids get older, see the cash you earn from home and find that desire to be their own boss, you can work to raise entrepreneurial kids simply by being that leader that they follow into a positive, successful future as an entrepreneur in adult years. My wife and I are doing it now, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. The benefits far outweigh the risks and negatives. We would love it for our kids to have that same spirit!

Here are a few tips on how to raise entrepreneurial kids …

Teach How to Learn from Failure

Let go of having to hover over your kids and make their mistakes all better. You see, entrepreneurs learn the hard way to fail and then climb back up. From a young age you can start to implement the theory of learning from failures. This concept will go a long way in encouraging a mindset that leads to entrepreneurial kids. This is an easy concept to teach as a parent, simply learn to ask your child to try again rather than stepping in to finish or do a task for them.

Be all About Creativity

With the school systems starting to diminish the kids ability to be more creative with projects, some students have even lost points due to being too creative, it’s time to be all about creativity at home. Let go of what the school allows or doesn’t’ allow and be certain that creativity is always encouraged in your household. If your kids have an idea that you are not so sure will go well, let them have at it, again they will learn from failure and perhaps use their creativity to get out of a tough spot. This will lead to raising entrepreneurial kids without much effort.

Goal Setting and Achievement

The best entrepreneurs have good discipline. Teach discipline to kids is all about helping them learn how to set goals and work towards achieving them. Whether it’s helping them come up with a plan to earn money for a desired toy or teaching them how to save money, these are goals that kids can work to achieve. Board games like Monopoly are a great way to work with goals too!

Whatever method you choose to use, you can work to incorporate each of these tips to ensure you are raising entrepreneurial kids. Most work at home parents are already setting the path to raising these type of kids naturally, for the kids are watching their parents work at home and want to be just like them!

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