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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.

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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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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Feng sui items for wealth

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In the basics of Feng Shui decorating, it’s shown that every home (in addition to every space within the home) is divided in to eight areas as based on the Bagua plan. Each area regulates among eight living goals such as for instance health, profession, love, prosperity or journey. The best balance of components and shade may stimulate each region and permit the homeowner to succeed. It’s also thought that certain items, especially historic Chinese characters, legendary creatures and coins, may further improve one’s fortune.
To enhance your wealth as well your prosperity,  products or items can be put at the office or in the home business office, on the North end of the table or near the check out.

Do you wish to get more income in to your life?? This is actually the listing of some well-known feng shui things that are thought to provide cash fortune.

feng shui dog for prosperity

Feng Shui dog for prosperity

1. Chinese god of prosperity
Feng sui believes that this item is definitely the master of wealth fortune and he’s among the most widely used wealth gods.Whomever shows this prosperity lord will soon be guarded for the economic life.

2. Feng sui frog with three legs
This item has become the luckiest image of income generating. That fengshui frog has three feet, resting in bed full of ingots and coins, keeping three coins inside it is mouth. When it’s putpretty minimal, diagonally across from the leading door, wanting t the door as if hoping to welcome prosperity Qi power arriving Three gold is attracted by legs frog in to your house. ( although not straight before the entry door )

3. Feng sui laughing Buddha keeping an ingot
This item is also named as a Happy Buddha and often posesses large case of prosperity in his straight back, keeping silver ingots or cash. He appears acutely pleased with large grin. He’s also known as Hotei in Japan country. For prosperity fortune, bronze substance is the greatest to get more income into your lifetime.
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Cruising with Kids: The Pros and Cons of a Family Vacation at Sea

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Ever gotten stressed when organising a vacation? If you think choosing where to go, packing the essentials and making your connections are taxing on your own then try doing it with a family in tow! However, according to a recent Netmums survey, 70% of mothers who took part believe that, despite the vast amount of planning and invariable snags along the way, taking a vacation with the kids is an invaluable way to spend time together as a family.

With US News voting Yosemite National Park and Disney World, Orlando amongst the top 5 American family vacations, it seems like family friendly resorts and outdoor activities rank highly when it comes to deciding where to go. But in the last ten years an unlikely type of vacation has steadily been gaining popularity with families. WeJustGotBack claim that there has been a reported 50% rise in under 3’s on cruise vacations – be that be a long trip to Europe or the Caribbean on a gigantic, luxurious liner or a relaxed, internal river cruise along some of America’s most beautiful waterways.

When you think of cruises, many people picture an exclusive, glamorous, adult environment and it’s true, many big cruise liners (such as Windstar and SeaDream) do cater solely for adults. But many companies have now recognised the potential market for families who’d like to stretch their sea legs and, as such, several major cruise liners have made giant leaps in facilitating breaks for children. But would you consider taking your little ones on a cruising vacation? Here are some pros and cons to consider.

(+) A Fun Way to Travel

When taking a family vacation, the travelling part can often become tedious, boring and stressful for kids and grown ups alike. The beauty of cruising vacations is that reaching your destination(s) is part of the fun. There is so much for kids to do on board cruise ships including sporting tournaments, arts and crafts, parties and a variety of water based entertainment in swimming pools and aqua parks. The vast majority of family cruise liners offer babysitting services and kids clubs so you’ll be free to enjoy some adult time too.
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Feng Shui Colors for Bedroom

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Feng Shui Colors for Bedroom

Feng Shui Colors for Bedroom

According to Feng Shui experts, bedrooms are particularly important rooms, for the reason that it is the place in our house that we spend more time and it is the rooms where people build romantic relationships. To other people for them to achieve a cozy, comfortable, intimate, sensual and deeply restful bedroom they simply refer on feng shui experts. For you to create a good feng shui bedroom, you can use a variety of simple, practical feng shui tools, such as choosing on what particular colors are good to paint on your bedroom.

In choosing the right colors for your bedroom with feng shui takes a bit of time and calculation. Of course we used to consider on what colors that you most like and as long with the colors that work well with your planned feng shui decor scheme. Colors in feng shui ae divided into two groups. Yin colors are supposed to soothe your soul and help you relax whereas yang colors tend to motivate and excite you. Colors belong to yin group are Pink, Green, Blue, Gray and Black and since bedroom is a place for retreat then yin colors must be dominant. While in yang group colors of red, purple, yellow, white and orange belong. Take note having too much of yang colors might bring up more tension and even block your from relaxing.

Warm colors reminiscent of skin tones are thought to be soothing in bedroom. Examples of this are cream, peach, beige, yellow, coral, tan or cocoa. In the other hand cool colors like blues, greens, and too much white will diminish intimacy and sensuality. While light blues, greens and lavenders are considered to be restful and conducive to sleep. Another is that green also represents tranquility, hope and freshness as seen in spring growth or that of a new plant or leaf. To increase love and romance in your bedroom then the perfect color to paint is colors in the red and pink family. Feng shui recommend this for it will bring in a more sensuous energy.

Other color such as chocolate brown in the bedroom is not recommended by some feng shui practitioner for it can give a heavy feeling on the person. Since Feng shui for the bedroom focuses on serenity which can be achieved through subtle lighting, peaceful colors, and comfortable furnishing then not just color must have a positive energy as well its object should elicit a positive, nurturing response so that achieving your goal is easy.