How to Get Out of a Career Rut

When you find yourself in a career rut, it can certainly be very frustrating for you. Not only do you feel like your career is going nowhere, but you tend to also feel like you don’t have the energy or motivation to do anything about it. Well, if that’s how you’re feeling right now, it’s time you snapped out of it. Of course, that’s much easier said than done but with the right mindset and some active steps in the right direction, you’ll find your way out of this rut.

The first thing you should accept is that you’re certainly not the first person to feel this way about your career. We all go through times when we’re not sure where our career is heading or what we should do about it. That’s just the way it is. However, there are plenty of people who get back on track and find a positive way forward too, so you can take inspiration from those success stories.

It’s time to look at exactly how you can get out of your career rut and what it’ll take. You can’t just coast along waiting for things to change because it requires action on your part. Scroll down and read on to find out which steps you need to take right now.

Search for New Inspiration

First of all, you should look for inspiration where you can find it. There are plenty of ways to get inspired and push your career in a more positive direction if you want to. Doing this will certainly help you when it comes to putting in the work each day; it might even make you excited about your work again. You could talk to someone about your career, get inspired by someone who’s found real success in your field and try to emulate their success in your own career.

Do Some More Networking

Networking is a good way to reach out and find new opportunities. If you’re tired of sitting behind your desk doing work that you consider boring, you should instead try to network and see if there are new opportunities out there that you can grab hold of and run with. You might be surprised by just how many opportunities there are. However, you probably won’t even find out about most of them unless you’re active at industry events and networking with the aim of meeting new people.

Find a Mentor

Having a mentor on your side who has the knowledge and the experience that you’re maybe lacking can be of real benefit to you and your career. They’ll help you out of your career rut by teaching you tricks you never knew about before and helping you climb the career ladder faster than you might have thought possible in the past. This mentor can be someone from inside your current business, which is the way these things are usually organised, so don’t hesitate to look into it and make the most of it.

Confront What’s Causing Your Problems

If you feel like your career is in a rut, you should think about what’s making you feel that way. Is there a specific aspect of your job that’s getting you down? Have you missed out on a promotion recently? By being honest about what’s driving these feelings, you will find it easier to formulate a response to those problems and find a constructive way forward. So don’t hide away from what’s causing you to feel that you’re in a rut; instead, confront those problems head-on if you can.

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Make Changes to Your Routine

Your routine could be the thing stopping you from making advances in your career. If that’s the case, you should seriously think about changing your routines and making it possible for you to get the most out of each day at work. It’s amazing how much of a difference a simple chance can make, so don’t underestimate this. It could be a change to how you start your day or how you approach your work each day. It’s up to you, but a shake-up of things could be all you need right now.

Enroll on a Course

Finding a course that you can enroll on might be a good idea because this might be the basis of a career change for you. Changing your career will allow you to achieve so much more and help you to take things to the next level in your career. If you want to do something technical, you could look into options like Kettering’s Online computer engineering degree. It should be something that you know will expand your horizons and allow you to achieve more going forward in your career.

Put Yourself Forward for New Challenges

When the chance arises to take on a new challenge, you should grab it with both hands and go for it. This is a good way to escape your rut because it helps you to throw yourself into a project that you find difficult and challenging. Many people feel like they’re in a rut because they’re constantly doing work that they feel is too easy for them. A real and fresh challenge will change all that and help you to feel excited and motivated to go to work again. That’s exactly what you require right now.

Take Training to Learn New Skills

When you get the chance to do some new training in your career, you should make the most of it. Training opportunities come along all the time in many workplaces, but if they’re voluntary, most people just ignore them. Instead of doing that, next time you should embrace those opportunities and learn new things that’ll help you achieve more every day at work. It could be the kick that you need to start enjoying your job and feeling fulfilled by it once more. Keep this in mind next time a training opportunity arises.

Do the Unexpected

There are many ways to take on work and projects that are unexpected. It’s up to you to take on projects that are unexpected and unusual. There’s no need to put yourself in situations you don’t want to be in, but by trying things you wouldn’t normally want to try, you can sometimes learn new skills and discover things you love that you didn’t know about before. It’s another example of changing your working life so that you can get more out of it and stop the boredom you might have been experiencing before.

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Throw Yourself Into Collaborative Work

Collaborative work can be a really good way to make you feel revitalised at work each day. When you’re working closely alongside other people, you can feel motivated by them and their enthusiasm for the project can be infectious, helping you to feel more passionate and enthusiastic about it too. If you have the chance to throw yourself into a collaborative project and to work closely with other people, you should make the most of it and go for it. It could be great for you.

Meet with a Career Advisor

If it’s been a long time since you talked to a career advisor, maybe this is something that could help you out of your career rut. It’s about finding out what an objective and external professional thinks about your situation and what their professional advice would be. There are plenty of career advisors out there, so why not book an appointment with one near you and see what you can learn from the whole experience? You might get some pointers and advice that help your career going forward.

Create Some Ambitious Goals

Having ambitious goals in place that you can work towards over time is really important for anyone in their career. These goals become even more significant and important when you’re feeling unsure of your career and where it’s heading next. You should make those goals as clear and specific as they can be so that you can work towards them gradually in the months and years ahead. Most importantly, they should be ambitious so that you don’t get too complacent.

Talk Through Your Problems

Sometimes, talking to your boss about your career problems can be really helpful. Your problems might be resolvable if you talk to your boss about them and find a way forward together. Most problems are easy enough to solve if your boss is willing to work through them with you and make changes to your work. So don’t assume that you’re stuck with your problems because that’s probably not the case at all. Talking is often tough, especially when it comes to your problems, but you should try it!

We all find ourselves in a career rut from time to time. That’s just the way it is sometimes. What really matters when you find yourself in that kind of situation is how you respond to it and how you get yourself out of it. If you’re in a career rut right now, use the ideas above to drag yourself out of it.

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Utama Spice has sent us two products to be reviewed. First of all, these products are free for us to use but we did not receive monetary compensation, and all opinion expressed are solely mine and my family.

Utama Spice sells all natural products, pretty safe both biologically and environmentally. With everything’s going on nowadays, I think it is better to choose products that are organic.

So without further ado, here are the products we received.

 

Essential oils

We tested five essential oils; orange, rosemary, fennel, clove, and tea tree, they all smell heavenly. And it is worth mentioning that we placed the package in the trunk of our car, and in that short ride home, the car trunk was oozing with essential oil scent. So we made an experiment, we combined all five scents in the diffuser lamp, and the fragrance was amazing! We then tried each of the essential oil one by one. Our kids love the orange scent; my husband and I love rosemary scent more though.

The 10 ml essential oils came in cute, dark-blue colored glass bottles, each with labels indicating its ingredients, how-to-instructions, and warnings. The lid cover is compact and sturdy, the oil is certainly safe inside and there is no fear of leakage. The overall packaging looks neat and aesthetically pleasant.

The fragrance filled the bedroom. The scent is soothing. It relaxes the mind and body. We had a good night sleep. With essential oils this good, I could think of some unconventional use for them.

 

Sonoma Aromatherapy Diffuser Lamp

Yep you read it correctly, it is a diffuser, an air humidifier and a lamp at the same time. It has a dimension of 129 * 129* 167mm. It is super dainty. I love the color combination – wood brown for the base and ceramic white for the lid, which also serves as the lamp. That’s right it has a wooden base and a ceramic top. I think this color combination goes pretty well with any room aesthetics.

The Sonoma diffuser lamp can be used for 8 hours straight or 16 hours intermittent. It can hold up to 180 ml of water and can diffuse mist continuously or intermittently depending on what suits you best. The LED lamp has four options, dim, bright, breathing, or off. You may think that the lid is hot after hours of use, surprisingly, it is not, not even warm.

It has a very pretty contour, we love! It diffuses essential oil effectively. It is simple and elegant looking.

 

Do we recommend this?

Definitely! The essential oils and the aromatherapy diffuser lamp are awesome. Utama Spice did not disappoint us. These Indonesian products are of good quality and they deserve a spot in the global market.

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Culture Shock: What Is It and How Can You Get Over It?

When you travel, you’re more likely to get culture shock. If you’re unsure of what culture shock is but you want to be prepared for it before you head off to pastures new, this guide can help you. Here, we’re going to look at what culture shock is and how you can get over it.

 

What Is Culture Shock?

Culture shock is where you are thrown out of your daily routine, and into a place with a brand new culture and different attitudes. Things are no longer familiar; gestures, tone of voice, how we wait in lines, how people interact, etc. These things rely on collectively understood cultural cues – they are the norm for us and we don’t really pay attention to them. We are hyper aware of things that are different in other countries because they are so different from our norm. You may not have literal shock, but you may feel disorientated and struggle to process the changes. However, there are usually a few stages to culture shock that you should be aware of.

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Stages Of Culture Shock

  • The honeymoon stage – you’ll probably notice the similarities and be charmed by the differences at this stage.
  • The negotiation stage – the honeymoon feelings will diminish and you’ll get more annoyed at things you’re not used to, you might even become confused, angry, and scared.
  • The adjustment stage – you can relax and come to terms with how different things are.
  • The mastery stage – you reach a high level of comfort in this new place and your routine is more natural to you.

Just know that there will come a time when you feel more comfortable – the uncertain stages won’t last forever!

 

Dealing With Culture Shock

Now let’s talk about dealing with culture shock.

 

Learn as Much As You Can Before You Travel – make sure you learn as much as you possibly can about a place before you travel. Read up on different reviews and forums, and watch YouTube videos. You’ll get a good idea of what to expect, and hopefully, the shock won’t be too severe.

 

When You Arrive, Write Down What You Love – as soon as you arrive, write down what you love about the place. Maybe you love the hustle and bustle of Downtown L.A., or how friendly the people are in South East Asia. Write down as many things as you can so that you can look back on it when you’re feeling low.

 

Find A Healthy Distraction – find a distraction to help you deal in the tough stages. You could work out. listen to a podcast, read a book, or do something else you enjoy.

 

See If You Can Talk To Others About How You Feel – you may be able to find other travellers and talk to them about it, or there are always forums you can use.

 

Are you ready to deal with culture shock after reading this, or have you experienced it already? Leave your comments below!

 

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Ben 10 Omni Launch Unboxing

Here’s a short unboxing video of the Ben 10 Omni Launch Battle Figure.  You could also read on for the step by step instruction on how to easily put in the battle figure.

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One of the sought after toys by kids and kids-at-heart is Ben 10. What’s interesting about this is that there are two makers of the Ben 10 toy line. The toys from the first four series were manufactured by Bandai,  the maker of Gundam. Playmates,  on the other hand,  produced the 2016 TV series  Ben 10 also known as Ben 10 reboot.

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Omni Launch Watch

Omni Launch

Derick loves Ben 10 toys, he got a Ben 10 Omni Launch Battle figure. It is a Ben 10 watch toy that launches an alien chatacter out,  produced by Playmates made in China.  The toy set includes a Ben 10 watch and two alien battle figures,  Omni -Enhanced Heatblast and Omni-Enhanced XLR8. The omni-launch watch is a bit bulky with dimensions of 7*7*3 centimeters.    It is hollow at the center. This is where the battle figure is squeezed into,  and a prominent button at the base of the watch launches it out.

 

How do to put the battle figure in?  Follow these 4 simple steps.

1. Tuck and press in the arms in front of the figure

2. Fold the head backwards,  clasp this down by bringing the back flap upward.

3. With the parts tucked in firmly,  insert the feet into two crevices in the watch making sure that the front side of the battle figure is facing the opposite side of where the launch button is.

4. Fold the legs towards that side,  and press it in.

Viola!  Ready, get set,  LAUNCH!

 

Verdict

The quality is a OK, nothing comparable to US or Japan made probably, but attention was given to details and functionality.  Tiny,  moving parts actually feel sturdy and durable. The battle figures fit snugly unto the watch.  So basically, it functions as expected.  It launches the battle figure without hitch.  And with the right angle,  it lands perfectly on its feet.

So at a price point of $27 (900 THB), the toy is worth buying. It is a great present for your little man.  He would surely love and enjoy play pretend. Derick already has an Ben 10 Omnitrix watch,  but he said,  the omni launch is different. I could just imagine how much imagination it sparked on him.

This is perfect for gifting this holiday season. You can easily avail this in Lazada or Lazada Mobile PH, Lazada app in your Lazada Mobile.

“You have been Ben 10ed” – Derick

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Top Asian Destinations You Have To Try Once

The continent of Asia is so sprawling and massive that you could easily spend your entire lifetime travelling around it and still not quite discover it all. There is a very good reason why so many travellers enjoy Asia above all other parts of the world, and it is because there is just so much to explore other witch you can uncover. It also happens to be a cost-effective way of travelling, as generally you will be paying much less than in other parts of the world. But if you are keen to visit Asia, whether for your first or fiftieth time, you will want to know what kinds of destinations within it are most likely to be the best to visit. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the top Asian destinations which you should consider, regardless of whether or not you have travelled Asia before and how experience you may or may not be.

 

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Thailand

 

Thailand is one of the most visited places in the world, and its beautiful capital city of Bangkok is the number one most visited city anywhere in the world. Clearly, then, it is a relatively tourist-friendly place, and for this reason it can be a great introduction to the world of Asian travel for a newcomer Westerner to the Asian trail. If you want to get into Asian travel easily and slowly, then you will find a brief stint in Thailand is perfect for that, especially if you choose to go to the capital of Bangkok. You can see many Buddhist temples and sights, and you might even find that you are surprised at just how accessible and friendly everyone is as well. There’s no doubt that Thailand is an easy travelling experience, and if you are like many others before you it might be enough to get you a little addicted to the whole prospect of travelling around Asia at all. That being said, for a first-timer it could still be considerably eye-opening, and a small measure of culture shock is no strange thing. But all in all, you are likely to be able to just have a great time exploring this amazing and friendly country.

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Malaysia

 

Ranked ninth in the world for tourist arrivals, Malaysia is in a similar league to Thailand, in that they are not exactly strangers to tourists. But while Thailand is essentially extremely tourist-based, Malaysia is somewhat less so. This means that you are both more likely to feel a little culture shock, and more likely to feel that you are genuinely experiencing something real, and not just a touristy version of something. All of this makes Malaysia a profoundly singular place to visit, and it is likely to be a good place for the new traveller or the experienced traveller alike. With many of the most beautiful natural and man made sites in the world, you won’t get bored of what there is to see, and you will find that they are, on the whole, a welcoming and loving people. If you find apartments for rent Malaysia can be an easy place to stay, and it should be a pretty straightforward kind of travelling on the whole. What’s more, you will be delving into some of the real parts of Asian travels which many other Westerners never truly get to see.

 

Nepal

Many parts of Asia are primarily Buddhist in belief, but only Nepal can rightfully claim a kind of ownership of the Buddha himself, it being his actual birthplace over two and a half thousand years ago. As you would imagine, therefore, Nepal is generally a pretty spiritual and calm place to live, and its people do happen to be amongst the most welcoming and friendlist on the planet. Nepal travel is, however, much more off the beaten track than somewhere like Thailand or even Malaysia; you should expect to have a really eye-opening time of being truly a part of a ramshackled culture, and you will find that it is enormously refreshing as a culture and a way to live. Tourism is the vast majority of their GDP, however, so again it is hardly as though you will be the first tourist they have ever seen. Most tourists to Nepal go for trekking tours around the foothills of the Himalayas, which is the kind of experience that you will be likely never to forget as long as you live.

 

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India

 

For many, India is the jewel in the crown when it comes to Asian travel, and it’s not hard to work out why. It is something of a spiritual wellspring for many people too, and probably you will have heard stories about westerners going to gain enlightenment or find themselves, or many other similar kinds of tales. But whether or not you are eager to achieve such ends yourself, India is still a phenomenal unique experience and something that you should seriously consider at least once in your life. From the busy and famously smelly capital of New Delhi to the many eye-opening slums around the country, and some truly beautiful beach resorts in the stunning towns of Goa and Rikashesh, India has to much to offer that you would do well to give it a proper month or two of travel at least. It’s the kind of experience that may change you dramatically, and you should absolutely prepare yourself for that before you travel.

 

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Japan

 

If you are looking for a truly cultural hit, then you should absolutely consider Japan as well. This is one of the world’s superpowers, and yet is nestled in amongst many of the world’s poorest countries, all of which gives it a certain special feeling which you can’t shake. Because we receive so many ideas about their culture here, it is the kind of destination whose reputation precedes it, but as usual that is likely to be far from your actual experience of the country in question. A great place for technophiles and nature lovers alike, it’s certainly worth putting this somewhere high on your to-do list.

 

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Chinese products have been described as fake, unreliable, unhygienic, and even hazardous.  Despite these claims,  the Chinese market is never short of clients from across the globe most probably due to its comparably lower cost.  We are one of those who despite having bought lemon products like Dengo Car Camera and  Portable Cordless Handy Stitch, still buys products made by Chinese companies every now and then.

And yes,  we bought yet another one.

Recently, we bought our daughter a cash register toy. She has been wanting it for sometime, but we kept pushing the idea off, and convinced her to choose something else every time. Something within our budget, well, mom on a budget really!

Please watch her unboxing video here.

This Chinese company-made cash register costs $21. According to my mom-on-a-budget standard, a toy that costs more than $15 is too much, however, considering that its branded counterparts cost around $30, and that she has been waiting for a long time to have one, so I gave in and bought it.

Here’s why this cash register is practical.

  1.  Functional. As a simulation toy, it pretty much lets you perform what a real life cash register does. The keyboard is pressable, the display shows the number, and the drawer opens; they all work. Even the scanners and microphone are all functional.
  2. Other features. Aside from the main cash register, the set also comes with toy money, toy credit card, and several plastic and paper toy merchandises.
  3. Feel. This plastic cash register toy set is lightweight, and it easily moves as you type in the prices or when taking money in and out of the drawer. It would have made a whole lot of difference to the play experience if suction cups or the likes were placed to hold the cash register in place.
  4. Price. It certainly is affordable. At the cost of $21, considering that it works perfectly and that it does not feel and smell like plastic, even though it is made by a rather unpopular Chinese company, I have no complains.

My daughter is happy! So am I.

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Juggling a full-time job and a family life is huge, and with blogging on the side, how huge do you think it could get. There are times when things get so overwhelmingly hectic that a momentary hiatus from blogging is a welcome breather. That’s right, just surface out for a bit of air before diving right in again. This gives me the needed time to relax for a little while and organize my thoughts on just about anything.

With tons of mom-work to do, office works to finish,  and blog posts to write, I’m just so grateful that there are a few great things that are actually making my life as a mom blogger easier. Whats more is that these are all affordable, and if you are super tight on the budget, some of these have free versions which are already more than good enough. Mom on a budget like me couldn’t be for more happy and grateful.

Here are some of the things that are definitely useful for mom on a budget blogger like me.

  1. Adobe Lightroom CC. Photography enthusiasts, food and travel bloggers are probably familiar with lightroom.  It is an photo editing software that could be downloaded from the internet to a PC. My husband has got this as he is into photography. He loves it! It’s easy to use and very intuitive. I, on the other hand, do not have the patience to study the intricacies no matter how easy it is. However, I also  do not like presets. What I was looking for was an editing tool that is simple, handy, and gives quality results. And yaas! I found it, the Adobe Lightroom CC. I stumble upon it while looking for an photo editing tool at the App Store. It is super simple, the terms used are easy to understand. No need for an in depth study. And because it is a mobile app, I could edit my photos anywhere, anytime, both online and offline. I could work on my photos while waiting for my kids, or in between breaks in the office. Most of my photos here as well as my travel blog pauperslens are all edited using this.
  2. Adobe Spark Post. If you are looking for graphic designs and photo collages, yet got no time to sit in front of your PC or laptop; this is the app for you. It is a mobile app that allows you to create unique, personalized graphics for your blog, social media, and other businesses anytime, anywhere. It has hundreds of different, attractive, and beautifully designed templates to choose from, and each and every one of these templates can be personalized to your liking. I have several blog posts that I could not find an appropriate photo to go with, so I always turn to Adobe Spark Post for the needed idea. For example, Diverse Outdoor Activities for Children is a list type post; I have got photos for each activity but I needed one graphic or photo to show at the beginning of the post.

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  3. PowerDirector is a video editing app for mobile phones. What I have is a free version, nevertheless, it does what it is made to do and it does it well. It has the usual features of video editing app and more.  Splitting or cutting video clips is what I like about it,  simply because this is often unavailable in most free video editors I have came across so far.  And with so much fuss about  copywrite infringement in Youtube,  I’m glad PowerDirector has its own line of music that are free and Youtube ready.
  4. A smartphone is a blogger’s bestfriend! Phones have indeed become smart. Its functionality has exceeded far beyond its predecessors. Nowadays aside from voice call, smartphones are capable of video conferencing and more: blog, vlog, edit photos and videos, engage in social media, pay bills, research; the list is limitless.
  5. DesignCap is an online poster and flyer maker.  The poster I’m using for this post was made using DesignCap.  Lovely,  isn’t it?  There are plenty of templates to choose from.  I designed this poster in my laptop,  so it is easier to manuever in,  out,  and around the work space.  Personally I would prefer to save my photo in my computer before sharing it in social media. DesignCap allows you to do this which I am so glad for. Also,  you could design your business posters or flyers straight away without creating an account though it would be great to have one so you could manage them better. And most importantly, it’s free!

Here are some of its  features.

  • Hundreds of poster and flyer templates available 
  • Thousands of resources including clipart images, shapes, fonts, and backgrounds
  • Fully customizable that you can make your own unique poster and flyer
  • Convenient and quick: no download or registration required

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Helpful Tips for Losing That Baby Weight

Happen to stare at yourself in the mirror after giving birth and wonder, “Where did my body go?” All women find themselves in this position. After carrying your child around for nine months, your body has taken quite the beating. Your baby has all but drained you and left behind stretch marks and a few pounds that you didn’t have prior to getting pregnant. You barely recognize the woman in the mirror, and as tired as you are from caring for your newborn you just really want to get back to a healthy weight.

Though it would be nice to just snap back into place after having a child that isn’t always the case. To get rid of the excess baby weight you’ll need to adopt more healthy lifestyle choices. Keep in mind, however, that everyone’s body is different. As eager as you are to bounce back to your pre-baby weight, it can take time so don’t beat yourself up. Here is some advice on how to get rid of that baby weight.

Breastfeed

Nature seems to have a way of helping you to get your body back without much effort. For mothers who have chosen to breastfeed, you’ll be surprised to see your waistline decreasing as the weeks go on. Though it is recommended that breastfeeding women consume more calories to provide the body with energy to produce milk, those calories are being burned during the feedings. You won’t see drastic results, but it is a great start to your weight loss journey.

Pilates

Are you tired of staring at that baby pouch you’ve got going on now? Well, once you’ve been given the stamp of approval by your doctor, you can try pilates to get rid of it. Working heavily on the core, there are various techniques that help women who have just given birth to strengthen those ab muscles again. Just be careful as going too fast too quickly can cause injury. There are surprising benefits to pilates toe socks and athleisure workout gear to help make you as comfortable as possible.

Skip Refined Carbs, Sugars, and Processed Foods

After having your baby it’s not uncommon to still have those crazy pregnancy cravings you used to have. As tempting as it might be to get those french fries with ice cream or double cheeseburger with extra pickles, you have to be mindful of what you’re eating. Try to stick to a diet that’s low in refined carbs, sugars, and processed foods. Eating organic and clean foods rich in protein, fiber, and healthy fats are recommended. The good news is there are tons of food products and online recipes for healthy alternatives to your favorite cravings.

Get Some Rest

Okay, okay, this one might seem like a joke, but it’s necessary. Somehow, you have to find a way to get more sleep into your day. Did you know that your body actually burns calories when you sleep? If you don’t get enough of it, unfortunately, you don’t burn as many calories. Not to mention, lack of sleep reduces the amount of energy your body has to burn calories throughout the day. Poor sleep also increases your appetite, increases your urge for cravings, and increases your calorie intake causing your body to produce stubborn fat that is hard to get rid of. So, ask hubby to pitch in, older siblings, your parents, or even hire a night nanny for a few weeks to get those eight hours of sleep.

The last bit of advice for women trying to lose that baby weight is to not stress over it. Stress isn’t good on your body and can also cause weight gain. Just relax and go with the flow. You’ve just given birth which is a serious medical procedure and your body needs time to heal. Using the above tips at your own pace can help you get back to your pre-baby weight before long.

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One of the major outdoor activity we had recently was kayaking. Kayaking is to move across a body of water through a kayak, which is low-to-the-water with double blade paddles, and paddlers sits forward with legs in front. Kayaking started with the Inuit as a way for hunting and fishing. And through the years kayaking became a sport, and nowadays people kayak for recreational purposes. In our case, we kayaked in a river called Wang Sai Thong in Langu district, Satun, Thailand.

Satun is one of the provinces in Southern Thailand, rich with natural beauty and resources like lush green rainforest, waterfalls, caves (Phu Pha Phet and Chet Cot); rivers, and a must go beaches; one of these is Koh Lipeh. Aside from this, the “disappearing tribe” of Thailand called the Sakai tribe can also be found here.

We went kayaking with our children, and of course they were beyond themselves with excitement. The first time we went there, they were still too young to go on a kayak. But this time, we thought they could already handle it, since the water was not so rough. If it was, we would not risked it for sure.

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Having gone there, done it; here are some of the things that we found important.

1. Bring your own kids life jackets. Usually life jackets are available and are provided by the accommodation, however,  the sizes may not be the right fit. It is essential that life jackets fit, otherwise it could be uncomfortable and could possibly ruin the moment. And also it could restrict movement as well as block ones view of the surroundings. And another thing, if you are super particular about hygiene I think having your own life jacket is a great idea.

2. Wear a comfortable attire.  Most of the kayaks used here are sit-on-top,  with the foot rest almost the same level as the seat. So wearing jean shorts or other attire made of stiff fabric can be very uncomfortable and could cause abrasions on the skin. Cottony shirts and shorts are fine. Beachwears like top-bottom set,  burquini-type and wet suite-type beachwears are also great. One-piece or bikinis might be a little too much for the culture here,  and besides it won’t give so much protection in case the kayak tips over.

3. Anti-mosquito lotion. The place is surrounded by greeneries and water; two things mosquitoes love the most. Protect yourself from malaria and other diseases brought by mosquitoes. Anti-mosquito lotion is available in convenience stores and other SkinStore.

4. Pain relieving ointments. You would find this really handy and helpful as muscles would be stiff and sore the next day or even a few hours after. Wang Sai Thong river is 7 to 10 kilometers long, this could be a lot for the not so trained muscles.

5. Water-proof camera. Yes, yes, yes! Document every moment of it, every scream, every laughter; capture the emotions, the beauty, as well as the risks.

Oh by the way, the kayaks are generic. There are no special kayaks for our little ones. That’s why our children had to go with a guide.

Have you gone kayaking? Where? How was the experience?

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We are a family of ice cream monsters. Yes all of us! We simply love ice cream. On special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, and the Yuletide season, ice cream is a mainstay. An occasion would not be complete without ice cream.

Although commercial ice cream is affordable and can be easily bought from almost all supermarkets and convenience stores, I still want to try my hands on it. Anyways, it is possible nowadays to do it at home without any fancy machine. And of course there are hundreds of recipes available online, thanks to so many foodie bloggers out there.

I surfed the internet for a recipe that fits my finances. I found just what I need from Kirbie’s Cravings; her recipe only has three ingredients (avocado, condensed milk, and heavy cream). However, heavy cream on this part of the world is a luxury; it is so damn expensive! Since I’m a mom on a budget, I used evaporated milk together with the condensed milk instead of heavy cream. And I gave it a bit of a personal touch by putting in Moringa powder which my children did themselves. This is one creative way to feed Moringa to your child.

So here it is.

 

Avocado Moringa Powder Ice Cream

Ingredients

1 big avocado (mango)

1 can condensed milk

1 can evaporated milk

Moringa powder (quantity depends on your preference)

 

Procedure

In a blender, add avocado, condensed milk, evaporated milk, and Moringa powder. Then hit that button.

Make sure everything is well blended. Freeze until solid, but give it a stir every now and then to prevent it from crystallizing. If you forget, it’s fine as long as it is well blended, it will still turn out delicioso!

 

Are you a big ice cream fan? Do you have any easy ice cream recipe I could try?

 

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