Dance Preggy Dance

Dance induces labor and reduces the intensity of labor pains. Videos of pregnant women dancing have been rounding up the internet for sometime. It got my attention just recently because I remember dancing quite similarly just a few days before birthing. I did it not for these reasons (had no idea then) but just for fun. Thinking about it though I could personally say that it indeed does work wonders.

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Birthing experiences between my two children were totally different. The time it took me to push my first baby out was relatively easier and quicker than my second, and the labor was definitely lesser with the former than the latter.
I haven’t had any idea about birth and breathing neither have I gone to any lamaze lesson for both pregnancies. I didn’t have any idea on baby bathing, delayed cord clamping practice, and other post natal care. Wish I had a sort of Mommy manual. Anyway, the difference however was that I had been a couch potato during my second pregnancy and more physically active – walking, doing household chores, and dancing during my first.

I remember around 5 days or so before the baby was due my colleagues and I were having fun at the office. I love dancing and we thought how funny would I look dancing with my enormous protruding belly. And so my friend played “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross, and I ridiculously dance to it.

So here’s me and my silly dance. Please pardon the poor video quality. This was taken in 2009, and cellphone cameras then were not as powerful.

They say pushing a boy out is difficult than pushing a girl out. Though from experience it certainly was. However I do think whether it’s a girl or boy a great chunk of the difficulty or ease for that matter would always boils down to how prepared our body is.

So to all expecting mommas out there keep groovin’ to the tune!

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5 Effective Ways to Deal with Annoying Puppy Sounds

Everybody loves a puppy—until it’s 1 am and you hear one whining or yelping nearby.

It could be yours. It could be your neighbour’s. Either way, it’s annoying!

But there’s a good reason for annoying puppy sounds. it’s nature’s way of helping mother and pup find each other in case they get separated.

So since annoying puppy sounds are part and parcel of getting a new dog, I’d like to walk you through seven effective ways of dealing with your puppy during this period of its young life.

 

Understand Why Your Puppy is Making Annoying Sounds

If you’re anything like me, understanding something takes most of the annoyance out of it.

To begin with, let’s try and understand why your puppy is making whining, yelping or excessive barking sounds.

A common reason is neglecting to spend enough time with your puppy. Remember it has just been taken away from its mother, so it needs all the reassurance it can get. Make time for your puppy and let it know that you’re always around.

Your puppy could be bored. If it’s explored your backyard, it may be time to allow for some extended exploration.

Health, exercise and a troubled past are also reasons for your puppy acting out of fear and making annoying puppy sounds. Let’s look at these and others.

 

Be as Understanding as Possible

Your puppy needs you during this time. Patience will go a long way to establish a strong bond between you and your new dog.

Your dog will slowly learn to trust you and see you as a safe place when they are anxious. Shouting at your dog or punishing them for making certain sounds will not solve the issue. You must understand why your puppy is making those sounds so that you can act accordingly.

So, let’s do some testing.

 

Do Some Tests to Establish Why Your Dog is Making Annoying Sounds

If you can’t pinpoint why your puppy is making annoying sounds, you may want to try a process of elimination.

Start off by listing all the possible ways you could healthily mitigate your puppy’s annoying outbursts. then try them one by one. We’ll be discussing some more below, so get some ideas that have worked for me and other professional dog trainers.

If one thing doesn’t work, try another. Sooner or later your puppy will either grow out of its anxiety, or you’ll pinpoint what the problem is and solve it.

Also look into your puppy’s history. Were they mistreated or starved before you adopted them? What kind of breeder did you buy your puppy from?

 

Take Your Puppy for Regular a Long Walk

Exercise is one of the most important factors for any dog. Your new puppy will love taking walks with you every day. it will strengthen your bond and burn all that excess energy & frustration that’s been building up in your puppy.

Try walking your puppy every day during the same time. Your puppy will have something to look forward to and their anxiety and/or boredom may decrease.

 

Check Your Puppy’s Health

Poor health can also be a common reason for constant yelping and whining.

 

Here’s how to do a quick home health check on your puppy:

  • Check your dog’s ears by selling them. If there’s a bad smell, your puppy may have a skin condition or some kind of parasitical worms.
  • Run your hands over your puppy and check for lumps or wounds.
  • You can also check your puppy’s excrement for blood or any irregularities.
  • Walk with your puppy and check if they are limping in or walking strangely in any way.
  • Eyes and gums should be void of any discoloration like blotchiness and yellow stains.

If you find any of these take your puppy to the vet.

 

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Life Starts At 40

There’s some truth in “Life starts at 40”.

A relatively healthy person frequents clinics or hospitals during his 30’s.  Pains and sickness seem to appear out of nowhere during this time. If these symptoms are left unattended could complicate into something serious, as often told by doctors to patients.  Our body is like a car.  After the warranted years, bolts loosen up and parts wore off.  As we near our 40’s, people start thinking of lifestyle change such as quit smoking, limit alcohol in-take, engaging oneself in a regular exercise, and eating healthy.  Reasons vary.

For us, we want to live long enough to see our kids grow and attain stability in life, and if our bodies permit maybe meet our grandchildren.

Among the lifestyle changes mentioned above, the latter two are the most challenging for us.  But since we need to start afresh on our 40’s we have to take on the needed changes.

  • Exercise your way to a healthy you.  We are home buddies and a bit of couch potatoes, sadly.  Up until this time we haven’t settle on a regular exercise routine.  Aside from this, we also found our super structured schedule 24/7 a great hindrance. We hope to get our acts together on this ASAP.
  • You are what you eat, so eat healthy.  We LOVE to eat. The health issues we are facing at the moment is food related. So this is definitely the first thing in the MUST Change List.

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Jill Duggar and Derrick Dillard’s Baby No. 2 Gender Reveal

They say being pregnant is like having one foot in the grave.  Well for me, it really felt like it. I had problems conceiving my second child to start with, and so the entire pregnancy was a roller coaster ride. Nevertheless, expecting a new member of the family is truly an exciting one.

I bet everyone in the Duggar family is excited to know the gender of Jill’s baby no. 2. Jill and her husband Derrick just announced on Monday, January 30th, via a TLC video, that, their second child…

is…a…BOY!

The happy parents of Israel, now 2 years old, happily revealed together in a video clip that they’re having a another baby boy. Israel, who was too young to understand what was going on, was excited only because the people around him were excited too. That’s cute!

Jill said that she’s excited about the new boy on the way and she’s confident that Israel and his baby brother are going to be best friends.

The lovely couple tied the knot in June 2014 and were very eager to start a family as soon as possible. As reported back in December, Jill and Derick announced that they were expecting a second bun in the oven. And now, we’re happy that the son continues to develop well and is super healthy. Indeed another son is on its way.

This reality star couple, along with their two-year-old son, Israel, are expecting the new member of the family this coming July. 5 more months and another cute Duggar will be born!

Jill announced the news by doing a fun scavenger hunt, together with her younger siblings. Now that was fun! Congratulations to Jill and Derrick!

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Practices Which Could Put Child’s Play Time to a Minimum

“To a child playing is learning.” ∼ MitchRyan

Play is one of the most important factors for normal developmental growth in any child. It is a child’s world, as a matter of fact it could be the only world for them. In this world a child learns to solve problems, venue for their creative minds, and learn things around them like color, shapes, learn to do things like grasp, crawl, balance, and understand the concept of cooperation, negotiation, and give and take.  These in effect lead to the development of more sophisticated cognitive, affective, and psychomotor tasks along the way.

Modern times, however, has curtailed child’s play time to almost nothing. Our lifestyle is so structured towards getting things done that 24 hours is not enough. People are busy making a living leaving no moments for play, and relaxation. Why is this? It’s because doing so is a waste of time. It seems like these days are all about competition, profit, and innovation. Although these are excellent goals, these on the other are all result oriented. Hence the process leading to the result is given the least priority which thwarts a child’s normal developmental growth. As parents if we want to see our children grow to become great individuals who have achieved their fullest potential then we must start looking into the process of making great individuals.

Now, here are practices which I think put child’s play time to a minimum.

  • Kids taking up too many after school classes and/or lessons on the weekends
  • Too much screen time
  • Obsession on having high scores (mostly parents)
  • Class ranking and competition especially during the early years
  • Early school years inappropriate curriculum. For example, some schools give emphasis on writing and listening, thus, the series of writing books, long hours of sitting. Kids are reprimanded for not holding pens properly and are branded having ADHD because they could not sit for long hours.
  • Too many homework

Reality bites! The degree may vary from one culture to the other but sadly these are true. These and many other practices run havoc on our child’s play time which, to reiterate, is one sure process for children to engage in a meaningful learning, develop social and affective skills. Play should be treated as a form of lifestyle for children.

Playing is a child’s lifestyle.∼ MitchRyan

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Here’s The Thing With Sentimentalist

A clingy personality is annoying at times.  I’m one of those individuals who couldn’t let go of things no matter how old or rubbish they’ve become for the sheer reason of sentimental value.  So that means for the years I have stayed on Earth I have accumulated tons and tons of things.  Our house is so full of stuff, from old telephone bills to old worn-out clothes, from broken chairs to decommissioned appliances and broken car parts.

Now the situation has gone ridiculously crazy. My stuff plus my kids’ clutter are unimaginably messy. Surely this calls for an immediate measure to keep the situation at home to a level of sanity.

To help myself, I made a personal guide to be strictly followed at all cost in case I’d go “Aah it’s such a waste to throw this out” or “This will still do” or “I can still use this next year.”.

Here’s the list.

  • Buy affordable but elegant furniture, custom chairs and tables, which complement with the rest of the house. It’s alright to spend on something once in a while.  Don’t be guilty.
  • Hold a garage sale for those old but still goodie things.  They need it more than you do, so let go.
  • Mark and keep important documents in a single drawer
  • Shred old documents with important personal details before throwing them away
  • Throw trivial papers like tickets, receipts, and the likes
  • Sell to recycling shops plastics that you thought of recycling or re-using but haven’t done until now

Aside from these, I repeatedly told myself these to justify my actions.

“If you’re not using it, then you don’t need it.

If you’re not using it, then it is such a waste.

So let go and let someone use it.”

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Be Guided Know What’s On Your Grocery Labels

There are lots of labels on every product in a grocery store—fat, sugar, calories, low-sugar, low-carb, glycemic index. How do you decipher some of them in order to know what you’re getting?

Every label tells you something about how animals were raised or how crops were grown. It can also tell you a little bit about the regulation related to that label—whether it’s government or self-regulation, for example. There are also processes that the label can key you in on—for example, if antibiotics or growth hormones were used. Other labels may also tell you about the human element involved in your food—whether workers and farmers receive fair wages or fair prices.

For example, grain fed on a label only suggests that animals are fed a diet of grain—but it isn’t a guarantee. Grass fed, on the other hand, indicates that animals have natural grass or forage—but they may not be raised in pastures.

This graphic breaks down all of those labels for you, proving a helpful guide as you do shopping for your family, your health, and the earth.

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Garden In The City

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City living is comfortable and preferred by most but there is something in the country which, if given the chance, I would definitely have in the city, gardening.  There seem to be no place for it anymore.  Scarce and pricey lots and spaces have made it impossible.  Owning a big place in the city has become a privilege.  So the idea of gardening is just seem infeasible.

But then again there is nothing impossible to creative and resourceful minds. Coupled with a desire to have some organic food on the table, I made my own garden in the city.  Re-using large plastic water bottles and containers (that could not be recycled because of Phthalates), wooden cabinet, and even my kids’ baby bath tub, I planted some veggies like malabar nightshade, bitter melon, cilantro, ginger, garlic, tomato, and bell pepper.  Since then, my family has enjoyed some great, tasty, hot soup from my garden’s produce. This is my first attempt, so things are a bit topsy-turvy.  However I plan to organize things and maximize the our teeny-weeny veranda into a mini jungle as my kids would say.  My garden may not look like what it is in the country.  But for me this is a garden, a garden in the city. No matter what situation we are in we could always turn it around to our advantage.

Aside from this, there are other few things we can do/learned from gardening.

  1.  It’s a good way to teach children about plants- parts, needs, and how to take care.
  2. Watering plants is a household chore that even a 4 year old will enjoy.
  3. Planting is a tangible and great way to instill in children the love for nature.
  4. It shows children the value of eating healthy, organic vegetables.

 

Are you into gardening? How big is your garden, the real one or a garden in the city like mine?

 

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Ideas For A Small Bathroom

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Even if you have a big house, you still might be constricted by small space in certain rooms. Usually, bathroom is the major culprit. This problem comes from the fact that we have to fit so many different items within this room. Each one of them takes a considerable amount of surface leaving us with so little space to move around. As you well know, this can pose a major problem given that bathroom is a place where we like to relax and take a nice shower after a long, hard day.

At the same time, this restriction poses a great problem if you wish to experiment and create something beautiful. Different rules apply when it comes to interior design of a small bathroom in comparison to a big one.
However, you shouldn’t be too concerned. There are some easy tricks which can help you arrange your bathroom space making it more functional.

1. Put mirror in a frame

There is a lot of clutter in small bathrooms. Because of this, we are restricted by the items which are within it. Even if you wish to decorate it, you will still have to consider various items and equipment so that you can make a sound composition. Instead of trying to make sense out of this chaos, you can try something completely different. Focus on one item and try to avert attention to it. Mirror is a logical choice. Most of us (consciously or subconsciously) look at the mirror as soon as we step into a bathroom. Use it to your advantage. Put a nice frame around it and make it the centerpiece of the room. By doing so, person will disregard all the other stuff and concentrate on this one item.

2. Organizing your make-up

Although you can keep your make-up someplace else, bathroom is the logical choice for it. However, if you don’t have enough space, it can cause all sorts of headache. Naturally, you will always put it in a cupboard or closed section in order to protect it from potential splashing. Small bathrooms can accommodate only small cupboards. Have in mind that besides make-up, you have to store various other objects inside such as clippers, spare soaps, deodorants, razors etc. Best way to get more space is to buy small plastic boxes for make-up. Now, you might argue that cases do the same job. But, there is a big difference. When make-up is in transparent boxes, you can easily see what you need and get it. This way you can avoid any mess which is caused when searching through cases. Also, it looks much nicer.

3. Rolling your towels

This practice is really common for hotels. Your probably noticed it over the years and wondered why they are doing it. When you are stacking towels one on top of another, you always have to take the one from the top regardless of which one you need. Otherwise, if you take the one from the middle or bottom, you will likely mess up the other ones. As a result, they will all look badly folded. If you wish to have a nice and cozy bathroom, you have to avoid this at all costs. After rolling your towels, you can put them vertically. This means that you can pick just the towel that you need, big ones for body, medium for hair and small for make-up. Simultaneously, by rolling them and putting them in a basket, you can make a nice arrangement. Your towels will look like a bouquet of roses which is enough of a reason to apply this trick.

4. Use boxes to your advantage

The biggest issue with small bathrooms is the way you are using ground space. In other words, your cupboards will usually be positioned under the sink or above it. In most of the cases, they will be floating around. This is a great thing as it gives you more space. Nevertheless, there is still a lot of space which can be used to store various objects. Use different boxes and place them on the ground level. Within them, you can keep spare toilet paper, detergents and other things which you seldom use. By doing this, you are accomplishing two things: you are both protecting them from water and other spills and keeping them out of visitors’ sight.

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Old Calendars for Something Educational

Don’t throw old calendars, re-use them for something educational.
Alphabet flashcards may not be that expensive, but then why buy when you can do it yourself, right? Coloring them is fun and relaxing. I enjoyed it. Besides I get to showoff my coloring skills to my daughter who is into drawing. She likes the way I do it and so she’s trying to imitate it.  Now, she’s good at it.
So what I did here was printed out free printable alphabet from the internet (What2Learn.com). Although you can print them out in colored ink, I chose black and white. It’s no fun if all you need to do is print, cut, and paste. Go the extra miles, color them yourselves and bring out the artist in you. Your kids can help out too. It’s a good way to teach coloring techniques and color combination and mixture. Anyway, after that I glued them onto old, hard paper calendars like these.
And voila!
As I was looking at the finish product, I thought, it would have been better if I colored the letters with a similar color. That way, they would have aesthetically “jot” out instead of getting lost in the riot of colors in the background.
What do you think?

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