3 Things All Kids Must Learn About Money

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The value of money is an imperative lesson all people must learn at some point throughout life. It is a vital essence of how humanity functions as a civilized society, no matter where in the world. As adults we often forget this lesson isn’t inborn within children, sooner or later, they have to be taught the importance of money and the value of earning it. Raising kids to be conscientious of money is a key role every parent has to, at some point in their lives, teach their kids what money is, where it comes from, and how it is used. It is always important to be completely honest with kids so that they may learn and accept grown-up responsibilities.


Everyone has had an allowance at some point growing up. A simple chore is done and your kid earns a dollar or maybe several for a job well done. The point of teaching your child to “earn” something is exactly that. That if you’re asked to do a task, you will receive something in return for the hard work. Simple tasks that require very little effort or some effort are the best kind to start your kid off with some basic responsibility. Mowing the lawn is the most practical way to earn money. A paper-route is probably the most hard-working job for a kid, but it cements a foundation of real-world responsibility. Still, if your kids are not old enough for hard-working jobs, then try setting up some house chores, like allowing them to clean the dishes or tidy up their rooms. If done correctly, they can expect to be rewarded for it.


Once your kids have an understanding of earning, it would be perfect timing to teach them how to save their hard-earned money. For this reason, piggy banks exist. Like a game, kids love placing coins into their own piggy bank because it is “theirs.” Teaching your kids to save is the next qualifying step to being money-conscious. This is can simply be taught, by telling them that if they save x amount, they can buy x item. DiscounTrue is a great place to look for inspiration on the subject of saving. They will quickly grasp the notion and will want to earn more each time. Also, ever so often, it is a good idea to check your kids’ savings with them. This will help them comprehend the concept of knowing how much they have before they can buy their preferred item.

Spending and Giving

The next step is probably the most important point to teaching your kids to be conscientious about money, the responsibility of spending. With the previous points solidly taught, children should have a sense of disciplined understanding of money before reaching the stage of using and spending their hard earned savings. Once their grasp of this responsibility is firmly held, taking them to buy their desired item is essential to secure the overall concept of money. Allowing them to buy something on their own, with their own money can instill confidence. However, there is one more lesson, the lesson of “giving.” Teaching a child to give is part of the core principals of money. For one, it can help build character for a child to know the importance of giving. It could also help avoid greed and avarice. It could also teach that money, while necessary, isn’t as important as other aspects of life that money can never buy.

Save and buy more

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Save money and buy moreHave you ever asked yourself where your money went? Just upped and disappeared? When you go to the store, buy food or whatever, and you end up wasting much more money than you had initially hoped. It tends to happen. You never really realize how empty your fridge is until you go to the store. But then you find yourself in need of a new fridge that has enough space in it to store all the new food you got. One problem – it‘s a bit pricey. Lucky for you, I‘m here to help you with this seemingly elaborate plan by whatever evil genius out there. What?

Overstock. Yep. Two simple words pushed together into one to create the definition of overabundance. English. Anyway, you‘ve probably heard of Overstock (the store, not the term) at somepoint, and you may have even went there once. Or, heck, you might even be going there fairly regularly. Which will make this much easier. If you‘ve been there, you know, but if you haven‘t, let me enlighten you – Overstock is overstocked. Ha. You want to know what makes going there worthwhile though? The overstock deals they provide. I kid you not, you can get quite a good discount on whatever it is you‘d want to buy there, and considering the fact that the place is loaded with merchandise – it‘s a consumer‘s dream!

I mean, why spend so much when you can spend less? Especially considering that you have other matters that need your attention and money – bills to pay, maybe kids to dress and feed, a cat that needs a new litterbox. Whatever it is, wouldn‘t it be better to save money when you‘re buying something else so you can have money left over for whatever other reason? Go to Overstock, shop there using an overstock discount code, and you‘re good to go. It‘s somewhat of a nobrainer, actually. I mean, why wouldn‘t you want to use a 20% overstock coupon when shopping? You‘re saving money by using them(or using less money to purchase stuff, take your pick), so I literally can‘t find a valid reason not to.

Christmas is almost here too, and as far as I know people spend quite a good amount of money on presents, food, and stuff like that. I figure that you have a small(or large) list of names you want to surprise for the holidays. Parents? Siblings? Friends? Heck, enemies? No better way to tell someone I hate you than by buying them something that they hate. At a lower price, no less! All you have to do is grab an overstock coupon code, and you‘re on your merry way to buy and save at the same time. Give yourself a Christmas present, let the merry spirits flow through you as you keep your wallet fat and your friends and family happy. And best of all? You won‘t be broke after the holidays are over. I call that a win! Don‘t you?

Five tips for stress-free travel with kids

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Travelling with your toddler this summer? Banish visions of whiny cries and fidgets, and the altogether dreaded mid-air meltdown, with these expert tips and tricks.

Whether your vacation involves road trips or air travel, make it truly about the journey. With the right planning you can be ready for smooth rides and a stress-free vacation, with some fun learning along the way. Start introducing some of the verbal games two to three weeks before your trip, so your kids are familiar with them in advance and will enjoy playing them throughout the trip.

1 Slow it down
Travelling with kids always takes longer than travelling alone. While we’re in a hurry to get somewhere, kids like to take their time exploring. Use this to your advantage, pointing out new objects and play guessing games. Don’t forget to build in extra time to check in and get settled – arrive early and anticipate that you’ll be late getting there, preventing the stress and anxiety caused by delays.

2 Surprise Surprise!
Wrap up some toys in colourful paper – just like a present. Something that they have never seen before will hold their attention far more than something that has been played with dozens of times already. Give your kid a ‘gift’ every so often throughout the day, tied in to various milestones through the journey. This will excite them and encourage good behaviour.

3 Bag it
If your kids are old enough, let them bring their own carry on and build the excitement of travel by letting them choose a new case/bag. While travelling, they can pull the case as a distraction to keep them moving, they can sit on it as a ride-on, and it can contain enough toys to keep them occupied for any delay.

4 Sticky business
For those moments when they’ve turned down the plane lights, and your child is still buzzing from the meal they just served, break out stickers. These are great for keeping roving hands busy for stretches of time. Use an empty water bottle/container to decorate, or even carry along pictures printed out on cards.

5 Simon says
A great play-along game with wonderful developmental benefits, tell kids to perform actions that ‘Simon’ requests them to do, but if ‘Tiger’ asks, he’s trying to trick them. ‘Simon says jump’. ‘Tiger says wave’. If they make a mistake, ask them to roar like a tiger and continue the game. For older children, add complexity by adding two-step instructions.

Five things you shouldn’t leave home without

1. Favourite toys and blankets. Make sure you do a spot check every time you change locations to make sure Teddy isn’t left behind.

2. Picture books for younger kids to look at and ‘read’ on the road, and pack a few titles that your older children can read to the little ones while you’re driving.

3. Colouring books and crayons can be lifesavers on board flights and at meal times.

4. Activities such as Etch-a-sketch, or even bubbles to blow at times are simple things to pack, and will add variety to your trip.

5. If all else fails, load up the handy smartphone or tablet with some age-appropriate apps and games, and ignore the ‘judgy’ looks. Sometimes tech can be a lifesaver and kids love it, so embrace it. Be careful though, screen time is a no-no for children younger than two years of age.

Public Beaches in Dubai

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Dubai is a city of wonderful and boundless beaches. There are a huge amount of beach hotels with there own beaches. Also there are several paid beach parks. But we love Jumeirah public beach. This is free one and it is absolutely amazing.

Jumeirah public beach

Jumeirah public beach

Jumeirah public beach

Jumeirah public beach

Jumeirah public beach

Jumeirah public beach

Talking About Taboos: Depression in Pregnancy

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Post-partum depression is a taboo that many people just aren’t prepared to talk about. Even more taboo is the concept of suffering from depression during your pregnancy. After all, pregnant women are supposed to be happy, serene, glowing. And yet, statistics from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggest that between 14 and 23 percent of women suffer from some form of depression during pregnancy, despite the fact that many of those women choose not to talk about their feelings or seek help from their doctor. According to Baby Center, up to 80% struggle to cope with the changes to their bodies and their hormonal levels in the 2 weeks after giving birth.

How to Differentiate Between Depression and Hormonal Changes

depression during pregnancyBecause the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy are likely to affect your mood, many women may struggle to differentiate between depression and normal hormonal changes caused by pregnancy. Simply feeling sad or emotional are perfectly normal symptoms of pregnancy, and are not signs of depression. However if those feelings are constant and persist throughout your pregnancy then you may be suffering from depression. According to Pysch Guides, if a pregnant woman is depressed, then the symptoms will last for more than two weeks and prevent the woman from anticipating the joy of bringing a new life into the world. She may also experience other symptoms that are clearly associated with depression such as persistent sadness, feelings of worthlessness or thoughts of suicide. Depressed pregnant women often withdraw from their friends and families and change their lifestyles: so if you used to exercise every day you may find yourself choosing to sit on the sofa eating junk food instead.

The Pros and Cons of Taking Anti-Depressants During Pregnancy

Conventional thinking is that depression itself can cause health risks to a baby the benefits of treating it are likely to outweigh the risk of taking any medication.   So if you feel you need anti-depressants to cope with your partum depression then the rule of thumb is that your doctor will be very happy to prescribe them. However it might be worth exploring other, more natural ways of dealing with your depression first, before you turn to medication. Pregnancy yoga and exercise classes are said to be very effective mood boosters, as is the talking therapy of speaking to a psychiatrist. A study conducted in 2013 and reported by CBS News found that mom’s depression can be bad for babies’ brains. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the National University of Singapore found that the brains of babies whose moms were depressed during pregnancy develop differently, which very slightly increased  their risk for mood and anxiety disorders later in life. So whether you choose to take medication or look at other mood boosting techniques, it’s important to tackle your depression head on rather than ignoring your thoughts and feelings.

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Auris Deira Appartments in Dubai – my experience

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Our first morning in Dubai meat us with unbelievable bright sun in a huge window and planes flying in front of our room.

The room was big with all necessary things: comfortable bed, tv, sofa, table, small but well equipped kitchen, clean bathroom.

The hotel has very good location. I few minutes to the main road where all taxis and metro are situated. A few minutes to cafes where you can eat and supermarkets where you can buy fresh fruits and others products.

We had breakfast in Auris Deira Apartments. I cannot say that it is fantastic. Eggs, rise, sausages, omelet, fruit, vegetable, tea, coffee, juice, as usual. There were no a wide variety of dishes but we were not hungry.

Hotel bus went to the beach several times in the morning but we always go there by a taxi because it is really affordable. (about 20-30 dirham  one side).

There is a small swimming pool on the hotel roof. It is opened from 9 am till 5 pm. But we always went to the sea and had not swim there.

The main impression from Auris Deira Apartments is very good.

The beaches in Dubai are absolutely fantastic but this is already the next story…

Amazing Dubai – one week in unreal world

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Some time ago I was in Dubai with my son and husband. It was absolutely amazing week in a magic and so unreal city. Our journey starts with FlyDubai air company and the plane was great. Despite FlyDubai is lowcost company we like it very much for polite staff, convenient seats and fun screen in front of every seat. My son played games and watched movies so the fly time (four and a half hours) passed very fast.

The only unpleasant thing was that there were no food on the plane.

However we enjoy beautiful landscapes from the window of our plane.

But the funniest episode of that day appeared when we came to our hotel. It was already late in the evening and we went to the restaurant to eat something because we were very hungry (as you remember there was no food during the fly). The temperature outside was about 17-18 Celsius degrees that was very comfortable for us (when we flied from home it was about -5 Celsius degrees ) and we went to open space restaurant but the man who worked there made scared face and told:

Oh no – do not go there – it is so cold outside!!

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How to Avoid Being Driven Mad on Your Driving Holiday

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Everyone who has ever had kids knows how challenging the job of a mom can be. As a mom, you’re on call 24/7 and you have to take on more roles than you ever thought possible. After all your hard work it’s nice to get away and have a family vacation where you can relax and put your feet up! If the cost of flights is too steep for your expanding nest or you can’t afford all inclusive since the ‘credit crunch’, maybe you are considering driving to your dream destination? Driving holidays with kids aren’t as crazy as they sound and with the right planning, can be a pleasurable experience for everyone.

Before You Go – Check Your Car is Roadworthy!

Your car may drive perfectly all year and look and sound great but you never know when something could go wrong and it would be typical for a breakdown to happen while you are on the way to your vacation. There’s nothing worse than bored, frustrated and disappointed children waiting for a tow company to arrive. Make sure your car has a full service before you embark on your journey, as you should before setting off on any long road trip. You should also make sure that your vehicle insurance is fully up-to-date. Always carry these documents with you in case you need breakdown assistance during your trip. Many car insurance policies include a hire car if your vehicle breaks down or needs urgent attention, a vital service if you don’t want to miss a chunk of your vacation waiting around for repairs.

Pick a Route with Plenty of Restroom Stops

Pick a route that has plenty of restroom stops along the way, especially if you have toddlers or young children who may only give you minutes of warning before they need to go. Some children refuse to go in the bushes as it’s too far out of their comfort zone. You could also store a potty in the trunk of your car in just in case you can’t get to a rest stop in time. Have one or two sets of clothing for each baby and toddler and keep them separate from your luggage so you can easily access them. They will be invaluable if your children have any ‘accidents’ or diaper leaks.

Start Your Vacation as Soon as You Leave Home

Time your ferry crossing so that you have enough leisure time to visit places on the way to the ferry port, for instance, theme parks, zoos, forests or picnic grounds. This will break up the monotony of the journey and give your kids the space to stretch their legs and burn off excess energy, which should make the trip more bearable for you too. If they get worn out or the motion of the car makes them sleepy, don’t forget to bring baby travel sleeping bags, comforters and neck cushions so that they can sleep comfortably in your vehicle, and don’t forget their favorite toy! Continue reading

Quick UTI Relief for Busy Moms

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A UTI, or urinary tract infection, is a bacterial infection of the urinary tract. Burning during urination, urgency to urinate often, cloudy or foul-smelling urine, and pain on one side of the back under the ribs are distinct signs of an infection. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, urinary tract infections are the second most common type of infection in the body, accounting for more than 8.1 million visits to healthcare providers each year. Discomfort caused by UTIs can make it difficult to complete day-to-day tasks, especially for busy moms. Fortunately, discomfort can be alleviated at home using a few tried-and-true remedies.

Do You Have a UTI?

The urinary tract includes the bladder, kidneys, and the tubes that connect them. When bacteria enter the urinary tract system, an infection can develop, typically within the bladder. Germs generally enter through the urethra, which carries urine from the bladder to outside the body. Women are more prone to UTIs as they have shorter urethras, but sex, not enough fluids, pregnancy, and diabetes are also common causes.

If you are not sure if you have a UTI and can’t make it to see your doctor, take a few minutes to speak with an online healthcare provider. If you are suffering from a condition, such as a UTI, earache, diarrhea, bronchitis, or other illness, a brief online consultation with a professional and experienced provider can help with a diagnosis, and even result in an e-prescription that you can purchase and pickup at your local pharmacy.

UTI Home Remedies

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3 Christmas Traditions That Need to Be Changed

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Every year it’s the same old thing: You work your butt off to make Christmas perfect, only to end up exhausted and broke. Why do you put yourself through the same thing year after year? Why not change up your traditions to make life a little easier and more affordable? After all, there’s no rule that says you have to do the same things your parents did. Your family is your own, and your traditions should be as well.

Forget the Feast

Save the turkey and potatoes for Thanksgiving and give Christmas its own unique flair when it comes to dining. Just think of all the time, money, and cleanup you will save by having a snack attack day instead of a formal meal. To accomplish this task, serve a variety of appetizers and desserts throughout the day. And that does not necessarily mean it all has to be junk food (because you know there will be plenty of that from Santa when he arrives). All Recipes has a great idea for festive Cream Cheese Penguins made from olives, carrots, and cream cheese. Another way to throw in the veggies would be to create a Christmas tree with them, as Taste of Home recommends. But since it can’t realistically be 100 percent healthy, you can throw in a variety of dips and chips, like the simple and scrumptious Four Cheese Bacon Sour Cream Dip suggested by Kraft.

Change Up the Decorations

While you probably can’t convince your family to give up the Christmas tree, you should have no problem getting them to throw the poinsettias to the wayside. Poinsettias are so overdone and not exactly cheap. This year, why not change it up and get some red and white roses or lilies. If you really want to go crazy, you can forget all the plants and opt for a festive fruit basket instead. You can find bouquets at your local floral shop, but you may overpay. Another option is to look for a coupon for Christmas flowers at FTD.com and have them delivered right to your door.

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