Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cinderella's Glass Slipper

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Back To Basics: Three Ways To Become a Better Driver

I get it, when we pass our driving test and get our license, it can be so easy and tempting to just go a little wild. There is a sudden freedom that comes with now being able to drive a car without supervision. The world, quite literally, is your oyster to explore. But young and inexperienced drivers, especially males, are much more likely to get into car accidents than their female counterparts; just look at our insurance premiums to prove it. Whether that means they are worse at driving is up for debate.

But at the end of the day, driving a car is an expensive piece of machinery, and there is always room for improvement. Just speak to any car accident lawyers representing those in need and you’ll see just how often car accidents happen and the damage that they can cause. So if you want to make sure that you are safer out on the roads, then here are some tips and ideas for you.
Focus on Your Hands
For such a long time we have heard about the ten and two positions of where our hands should be on a steering wheel. But in reality holding a steering wheel in those positions for a long time can be pretty uncomfortable. It can make your muscles tense, and it does actually give you less control. So, for now, we are being advised to have our hands in a three and nine position or an eight and four. It is much more comfortable doing it this way and will give you more control. So hello to being an instantly better driver.

Don’t Drive Tired
We all hear the horrific stories of people driving when they are under the influence of alcohol. But you can have some pretty devastating results as the result of driving the car when tired too. If you feel sleepy, then don’t get in the car. Take a quick nap if you can or find alternative means of transport. If you are driving and suddenly feel quite sleepy, then pull over as soon as you can. Take a quick nap and then start driving again when you’re feeling better. Don’t try to carry on with the music loud or window down; it won’t make much of a difference because when you’re tired, you’re tired.

Learn To Merge
When there are lane closures on the road and cars need to merge down to one lane, it can cause traffic and accidents. A lot of this is down to people not understanding how to merge in turn. When two lanes are merging into one, you need to view it as a zipper; one from one side, then one from another side. Don’t get caught up with people ‘pushing in.’ Make room and merge in turn and everything will run more smoothly.

Keeping calm on the roads is another important point to note. We can get angry especially if someone on the road cuts in front of us or is driving quite badly. But don’t ‘retaliate’ and you’ll be kept much safer out on the road.

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Helpful Ways to Improve Your Morning Routine

Are you one of the millions of people who don’t enjoy getting up in the morning? It’s a common problem, and it can lead to so many wasted mornings. But rather than rolling out of bed with little time to spare before you need to head to work or get the kids to school, why not improve your morning routine? It can be done in all kinds of ways, and that’s what we’re going to explore below.

Your routine doesn’t have to be about just about getting by. Instead, you can make the most of each and every morning. And that will allow you to set yourself up in the right way for the day ahead. You will get a real advantage and help yourself to win at life. That can only be a good thing, so here are the best and most helpful ways to improve your morning routine.
Prepare the Night Before
This is the first thing to point out: your morning should start the night before. When you make sure that you are ready for the following morning, it will be so much easier for you to make the most of it. So, you could choose to pick out your outfit, organise your schedule for the day and take care of anything else that might matter to you. You then won’t have to worry about any of these things when you wake up. You’ll be able to make the most of your time, which really does make a big difference, so don’t underestimate the power of this tip.

Don’t Get Bogged Down by Dull Tasks as Soon as You Wake Up
The dull tasks that we all have to take care of can really bog us down. But it’s not always the wisest idea to start taking care of these things as soon as you wake up in the morning. Instead, it can be much wiser to give yourself more time later on in the day for that. For example, your morning energy and creativity will be destroyed if you lie in bed reading emails and dealing with life’s daily admin. That’s not the way in which you want to start your day. Of course, these tasks are often important, but they can be dealt with another time.

Don’t Get Distracted by Your Phone Either 
Getting distracted by your phone is a common thing that people allow to happen when they wake up. But if you start scrolling through Twitter and Facebook as soon as you wake up, you can be lying there for a long time. It’s easy to get lost down a social media rabbit hole, and you don’t want to let that happen. Instead, save that for later in the day, and don’t waste the precious time you have in the morning. Keep your phone out of the way until you’ve taken care of the key tasks that comprise your morning routine.

Make Sure Your Bathroom is Fit for Purpose
The bathroom is perhaps the most important room in the house when it comes to your morning routine. First of all, make sure that you have enough bathrooms to deal with everyone’s needs in the morning. That queue for the shower can be frustrating otherwise. Adding an en-suite bathroom to your home is one of the potential solutions to this problem. You might also want to think about adding new features to your bathroom, such as taps, vanity cabinets, mirrors and other bathroom gear to make your bathroom as strong as it can be. It could make a big difference to your morning.
Remember Natural Light is the Best Wake-Up Remedy
If you have trouble waking yourself up in the morning, the solution might be more natural light. Biologically, our bodies wake up much faster and become alert sooner when we are exposed to natural light. So, throw open those curtains and do what you can to make sure that you’re wide awake and ready for the day ahead. It really is the best wake-up remedy in the world, and it’s completely free to use, so make the most of it. As soon as your alarm goes off in the morning, flood the room with natural light and help yourself shake off that sleepy feeling.

Do Some Stretches
Getting a little active can help you start the day on the right foot and wake yourself up. But you don’t have to go for a run or hit the gym if that’s not your thing. Something as simple as doing a few stretches when you wake up can have a genuine impact on how the day pans out for you. When you stretch, you will get your muscles and ligaments in the right shape to face the day ahead. These stretches can be done at home on the floor, and you won’t really need any equipment at all.

Switch Breakfast Dairy for Breakfast Protein
The fuel you put into your body as you start the day is going to be very important as well. If you want the day to go well, you need to switch the dairy food items that many people eat for protein filled breakfasts. Protein is better for you in the morning, and it gives you the energy you need. On the other hand, dairy foods, such as cereal with milk or toast with butter, can make you feel more lethargic. Focusing on eggs or even bacon is much better for your energy levels first thing in the morning, so pay attention to this.

Work on Your Morning Mindset
The mindset you adopt in the morning can have a big impact on your mentality throughout the rest of the day, so this is something that you will need to think pretty carefully about. Of course, it is possible to adopt a more positive mindset as the day progresses. But if you start in the right frame of mind, that’s even better. By giving yourself more time in the morning, you can process the day ahead of you and prepare yourself mentally for it. That can be a pretty big deal, so do what you can to work on your morning mindset.

Hydrate for the Day Ahead
Hydration is essential in the morning. When you are sleeping, you are obviously not consuming any water. So, you need to hydrate your body as soon as possible after waking up. It improves your health, and helps your brain focus as quickly as possible. Many of the problems that people experience throughout the day, whether it’s tiredness or distractedness, can be drawn back to the problem of dehydration. It’s a silent problem that people don’t even realise they have until they think about it.

Never Hit the Snooze Button
Last, but not least, you should be sure to never hit that snooze button. When you set an alarm, it’s set at a certain time for a reason. That’s when you need to get up, and you can’t just go back to sleep if you want to get your day off to the right kind of start. It’s just not possible. Go to bed earlier the night before if this is a particular problem for you.

Mornings are not enjoyed by many people. An extra hour in bed always sounds like a nice idea. But if you want to be productive and make the most of your time, you have to learn to improve your morning routine. By making the most of the ideas discussed above, that’s exactly what you’ll be able to do.

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Yes, An Insurance Agent Really Can Save You Money on Your Policies

One thing that has often caused people to take pause is hearing that securing your insurance through an agency costs you more. It’s easy to understand why people might think this is true; in theory, you must pay the agent, too. This is where the misunderstanding lies, however. You aren’t paying the agent; the insurance carrier is through commission. So, in reality, you can actually save money on your insurance policies if you work with a qualified broker. Here’s how.

The Agent Knows the Exact Coverage You Need
Navigating through the maze of insurance policies and all of the additional riders offered can be confusing at best and downright frustrating at worst. It’s hard to understand exactly what it is you need. You might be tempted to say, “Forget it, I’ll just get the best coverage possible,” but in doing so, you are likely wasting a ton of precious money. Many policies have a lot of add-ons that won’t apply to your automobile, and there’s no sense paying for something you will never use.

When you sit down with an insurance agent, he or she will discuss your automobile and finances in detail. For example, an agent specializing in San Antonio auto insurance will be able to save you money if your vehicle is paid off. If you own your car or truck, you may only be required to carry collision insurance, which is less expensive than full coverage. An insurance agent will know exactly which policy and additional riders you need and which ones you don’t.
The Agent Knows How to Combine Your Policies
Once it’s determined the exact coverage you need, the agent will be able to save you more money if you have other automobiles, such as motorcycles and recreation vehicles. Some insurance companies will combine all of your vehicle coverage under one policy, which is known to save on premiums in the end. The agent can discuss which options are available for you, and he or she can also look into savings through your payment plans. In some cases, if you pay your annual premium all at once, you will realize significant discounts on all of your vehicle insurances.

The Agent Can Knows Which Companies Offer the Best Incentives
Finally, you see television commercials all the time saying this insurance company is cheaper than that one is, you’ll save money by securing your coverage online, and so on. These advertisements are biased to the company paying for the airtime, obviously, and only an agent can tell which company you will save the most money. He or she works directly with the insurance company, and he or she knows how to get you the savings you see on TV. It behooves the agent and the company to be competitive; otherwise, they lose customers.

When you work with an insurance agent, he or she will go to bat for you with the insurance company to get you the best policy for the least amount of money. It is in his or her best interest to secure your business long term. This is the only way he or she will succeed in his or her business. In addition, insurance companies make their agents aware of cost-savings incentives on a regular basis. You won’t realize an insurance company just began offering a huge incentive for new customers or senior drivers, but the insurance agent will.

When you take all of this into consideration, it’s easy to see how insurance agents will actually save you precious family finances, not cost you more. Their expertise lends you the knowledge you need to secure only the coverage you need at prices that include incentives. Enlist the help of an agent to get the “Insurance” line item on your family’s budget under control, and hit the road with the insurance coverage to ensure you are driving safe, sound, and protected in the event of an incident.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

How to Find the Best Movie for the Whole Family

Its family movie night, but you've gone through all movies you own. So now you need to pick a title off of Netflix or rent something. So what title do you choose? What is the whole family going to like? These are some ways to find a movie the entire family will enjoy together.

Pick themes and characters who relate -
Pick a theme which is relevant to your child's life. Pick characters which mimic your kids or your spouse. When they can relate to what they see on the TV, they are more likely to enjoy the movie and message. Further, it is a movie the whole family is going to actually enjoy, when you see the kids like it, and aren't fighting about what to change the channel to after 10 minutes in. Sometimes it can be hard to find films for the family. Good job there are sites which can help you find that perfect film. One example of a site is whichmovienext.com. This site allows you to find films similar to films you like.

Consider inappropriate themes -
If you have younger kids, or if there are topics you don't feel comfortable with, make sure you read the synopsis of the film you are choosing. Especially if it is your teen child choosing it. Make sure it is age appropriate, something that isn't too deep, and something that won't stir up too many emotions or thoughts, or require conversations you are not ready to get into with the kids just yet.

Consider cartoons -
No, not the baby cartoons for your teen kids; but rather, older style cartoons and animation. Yes, there are plenty of comedies which take on this theme today. Your spouse will probably appreciate such films as well, and regardless of your children's age, they probably will appreciate the humour in these films as well.

It can be tough to find something everyone is going to love with diverse characteristics in the home. These are a few ways you can narrow down the options, to find something everyone is going to enjoy on family movie night.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Fun Ways to Let Friends and Family Know You’re Expecting a Baby

Seeing a little blue or pink line appear on a pregnancy test kit is a magical time. You are probably bursting with excitement and eager to let the whole world know your happy news. This is perfectly understandable, but you should hang fire for a few moments. Sure, you could pick up the phone or announce the good news on Facebook, but wouldn’t it be more fun to let everyone know in a more creative fashion?
BeyoncĂ© caught everyone by surprise when she published an artistic photo on Instagram of her surrounded by flowers and cradling an enormous bump. Nobody even knew she was pregnant, let alone expecting twins!
You can take inspiration from BeyoncĂ©. Of course, most people can’t afford to hire an art director and a professional photographer when creating pregnancy announcement photos, but nevertheless, you can still have fun.
Telling Your Other Half 
If you are the only one who knows about the pregnancy, plan a special surprise for your other half. Wrap up the positive pregnancy test kit and hand it over with his morning coffee or write we are having a baby in the steam when you have a shower and then wait for him to spot the message. 
Telling the Grandparents
Embroider a baby bib with the news and send it to them or have t-shirt printed with a cute announcement and take a photo of your child (or fur baby) wearing it. 
Telling the Kids
Telling the kids a new baby is coming is a chance to have some fun. Organize a treasure hunt with baby-themed clues until they work out a new baby sister or brother is on the way.
Telling Friends
Bake some buns and take a photo of an iced bun sitting inside an oven, and then post it on social media. Alternatively, use body paint to draw a picture of a bun in your tummy and then take a selfie. That should cause some amusement!
Get Creative
There are some great creative applications available online. For example, you can create printable baby shower invitations or birth announcements using Adobe tools, but if you want to be creative when announcing a pregnancy, put together a photo collage using your baby’s ultrasound photo, some pink or blue booties, and cute baby accessories. You can post the photo to family and friends, or upload it to social media. Alternatively, if you haven’t told your children yet, frame the photo and let them figure it out for themselves!
Play a Game of Scrabble
Does your family enjoy a good game of scrabble? If so, you have a great opportunity to spill the happy news mid-game. You will need to wait until the right moment, but once you have the necessary letters, spell out baby words such as ‘baby’, ‘pregnant’, or ‘mother’. It should be fun seeing how long it takes your family to work out what you are trying to tell them!
There are plenty of fun ways to let the good news out, so make the most of this special time!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

How to Plan a Good Family Picnic

Family picnics are the perfect times for you to bond with the kids. You are always help up most of the time, so to have all your loved ones close to you is a real reason to smile. Sure, the whole family is going to be brimming with ideas on where they want to go and how they want to do it, but planning is the most important part of the gig. You can have great picnic ideas, but without a plan or consensus, then you might as well sit outside and watch some paint dry. However, when everything is executed to perfection, you are going to see smiles all around.

Here is how to go about it:
Get the family to agree
You are going to have an avalanche of ideas about what everyone wants to do and where they want to go, and for a while, the sitting room is going to sound like one of those nights out at Wembley. However, this is a good thing because it means that everyone is fired up. You will need to find a common ground between what people want to do and what is realistic. Always take every person’s ideas into consideration. One thing you need to make sure before getting your family to agree is to make sure you have a family picnic baskets big enough for your family.

Find time
This is going to be the hardest part, more so if you are a large family. Some people will be at work or school when you are not held up, and others will be tied up in any manner of commitments. Try to arrive at a weekend when everyone is free. If you find that some people might be unavailable on the weekend of choice, simply move the date forward.

Seek a suitable location
Forget the park or football stadium-this has to be a unique trip. Non-crowded spots are great for families as you can bond without interference from crowds or noise. To avoid last-minute snags, find as much as you can about the accessibility of the places you want to go to.

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