5 Time-saving Tips For Busy Moms

Becoming a mom is like taking a crash-course in organization, especially if you weren’t paying attention to it before. Very quickly, you learn to delegate tasks and the gentle art of time management. You learn to stretch minutes into hours and use every single moment of the day. But if you still feel like you are struggling with time – you’re not alone. Many moms do, and here are the time-saving tips they swear by:

Meal prep

Making a week’s worth of food in advance might seem like a huge task, but it actually only takes a few hours of uninterrupted work. So, chose a day when someone can take care of the little one and give you a few hours off and prepare everything. You can cook and then freeze the meals, so that you can simply reheat when you’re about to eat, or if you prefer freshly cooked food, you can chop, marinate and season everything, so that the only thing left to do is to put it all in a pan and let it cook. If you are making your own baby food, make it in bulk and freeze it.

Use technology

There are so many inventions that we can use to make our lives a little bit easier and save us some time. Start off with a good robotic vacuum cleaner. It will take the pressure of daily vacuuming off your shoulders and you will be at peace knowing that your house is clean. You can also use a slow cooker, which will cook perfectly tender food during the day, requiring you to simply dump in the ingredients, stir and turn it on. Thirdly, you can use an audio activated home device to coordinate your home hands-free while you are busy doing something else.

Free your hands

A mixture of motherly instincts, fear and their needs can make it really hard to put our baby down, and we simply want them by our side as often as possible. But being productive with a baby in your hands is not exactly an easy task, and this is where baby wraps come into play. They allow you to bond with your baby while keeping both hands free for doing anything you need. It’s often easier than taking a stroller or a baby carrier with you everywhere you go, and you will feel a lot closer to your child, because they are right by your chest. Make sure that the wrap is soft and comfortable for both you and your baby.

Have a schedule

If we don’t know exactly what we need to do and when, we can easily get lost in our tasks and forget about something important. You should have a family schedule, which should be somewhere visible and contain all the kids’ individual activities as well as family time. For yourself, you can either choose to go old-school and have a day planner or a bullet journal, or you can get an app on your phone that will synchronize all of your calendars and send you reminders for important events.

Prepare for tomorrow

 

Take the moments before you go to sleep to go over the upcoming day in your head. Think of all the errands you need to run and the places you need to go. Taking this time will let you develop a strategy, but it will also be a quiet moment of meditation, where you are not doing anything actively, but simply preparing. If you prefer to also have a visual aid, you can use this time to write down all the tasks for tomorrow in your planner.

Most importantly, remember to relax and enjoy life. Take it one day at a time and enjoy all the little moments, so you can not only be a well-organized mom, but a confident, relaxed one as well. And don’t forget to take a day off just for yourself every now and then!

 

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February 5, 2018
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My Drawing Style

I have been reading a lot of books on how to draw for the past quarter of 2017. I have also been watching tutorials on how to draw simple characters.

I have been very busy finding my drawing style. It’s like finding a needle in a haystack. In my head, I know exactly what I want but really don’t know how to execute them.

I have tried doing kawaii drawings which my daughter is an expert of but I cannot seem to hold interest in knowing the fundamentals. I just can’t be bothered about the right anatomical measurements of my drawings. I guess, I am the kind of person who doesn’t want to conform to any rules when it comes to creativity. Shouldn’t creativity be free-flowing?

I am perky so I enjoy fun drawings with wobbly, wavy appendages (imagine Adventure Time!), and very whimsical stuff. So, after several tries of learning the basic of drawing shapes, following proportions (I still have to apply a little principle about that), and knowing a bit of perspective, I have finally found my drawing style – WHIMSICAL! It is very fitting because my Instagram handler is now @Iamwhimsyarts. Fits like a glove!

Here are some of my artworks over the years until I found the ONE.

I started off with drawing “chibi-like” characters that depict my personality. I am not too happy with the outcome. I keep comparing my work with other seasoned drawers like my daughter and of course, I keep telling myself that my work wasn’t really good enough. I didn’t settle with the style above so I figured, time to find another forte in drawing/sketching my character. And the more serious sketch below came last year.

I love breaking rules so I drew mine with long necks like giraffes. Hahaha!

Again, I wasn’t too happy with that serious sketch. I am still such a noob on this game. So, I moved on the find my real style until I drew this cute, chubby chibi like me.

I was happy for sometime until I wasn’t happy. I kept thinking of what makes me happy in sketching my own character? Do I like rigid lines? Do I follow proper proportions? Do I just let my creativity flow like a river? And so, these drawings below came to being this 2018. I kept thinking about how I enjoyed the drawings of The Adventure Time cartoon. The way they are not really very proportioned in their body measurements, the way their appendages seems to be long, lanky, and even wavy, the way their faces were drawn… They were like magnets to me.

I found my style, finally! I want it loose, carefree, and colorful because I love colors.  I may get harsh criticism along the way but I’ll take them constructively as I still develop myself as a budding illustrator who doesn’t have any formal training, who just happens to love arts.

To check out my artworks, please follow me at my IG @iamwhimsyarts – https://www.instagram.com/iamwhimsyarts/

I hope and pray that one day, I will be able to see my whimsical drawings in books, magazines, other products, and probably, even in motion picture (no harm in daydreaming!!!). For now, let me enjoy my late blooming passion in watercolor, typography, drawing/sketching arts.

 

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January 27, 2018
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Tips When Buying A Brand New Car For First Time Lady Drivers

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We all have our own preferences when it comes to choosing the right car for us. We all have our different needs, lifestyle, necessity, and budget to consider in finding the right car especially if we are first time lady drivers who still need plenty of time and experience on the road.

More and more lady drivers are independently buying their own cars without the help of anyone who are well-versed in the art of choosing the right one to buy and drive. If you have just gotten your license or this is your very first time to buy your own vehicle without the intervention of someone, then you must take note of these helpful tips to get you on your footing.

Budget

Let’s get real ladies. How much money do you want to spend on a new car? Is it practicality over capriciousness? Whatever your answer is, make sure that you are buying your first vehicle for all the right reasons.

If you have a sizable budget and you are definitely okay with having a car that is top of the line and has all the bells and whistles, then choose a car that may be pricey for most people but still carries commendable review standing on consumers.

However, if you are one practical lady and prefer to stick on a tight budget, choose a brand of car that carries many affordable vehicle that can match your spending budget.

Size

Do you want a big car that can fit your entire family (and even fur babies)? Would you rather drive a smaller vehicle that you can wiggle your way through traffic?

Big cars like stations wagons, SUVs, and family sedans are the perfect choice for big types of vehicles. Some has 7-seater too.

Smaller cars like the the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Bolt, Volkswagen Golf, and Toyota Yaris are just few of the top brands you can check.

Safety

This has to be a top of your concern when buying your first car. Check out various car dealers, get the opinion of your family and friends, read reviews on the internet about the best and safest car available in the market that meets your budget as well.

For starters, you can check the crash-test results of several brands that you consider and compare. Buy a car that has top-of-the-line safety features like:

  • Airbags (front and side)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Back-up cameras and sensors
  • Park Assist
  • Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Warning and Brakes

 

 

Durability

Check cars that can withstand the long commute if you intend to drive long distances whether you intend to drive your car very far or not.  You local car dealer can help you find the right one as far as durability is concerned.

Features

Do you want your car to be fitted with the latest and the best in technology, accessories, and style like leather seats or fabric seat covers? Do you want your car to have monitors in the head rest for your passengers’ entertainment? Do you want bluetooth installed on your audio system? Check with your car dealer the best and necessary features that you can add that will not break your budget.  As long as you are still comfortable, and safe in your new car, then other accessories and features are not really mandatory to include in your purchase which can help you save.

 

 

If you want to know more about choosing the right car for you as a first time lady driver, then head on to cars.com for more tips.

(All photos are from cars.com)

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January 26, 2018
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A Better Florist Simplifies Shopping for Flowers and Gifts

A Better Florist is the best florist in Dubai, and I personally think it’s because it really took the time to recognise what we as consumers need. This is a completely different flower shop, that I really enjoy shopping from, especially online. I always grab flowers, either for my home decor, or for my cousins, friends and family, and of course special occasions. There’s nothing quite like a vibrant and fresh bouquet of flowers, or even a fruit basket to give someone a boost of positive energy, which is why I really love A Better Florist.

The best flower delivery is all about giving you authentic flowers that you don’t usually find at other flower shops. Immediately, your gifting game is stepped up, which is a big plus for me. Sometimes, you just don’t have time to customise every gift, and this makes it look like you’ve put all the time in the world into your bouquet. Whenever you want to personalise your flowers or your fruit basket, you can ask, and their amazing team will do it for you. This is why, when it started as just another flower delivery Singapore has, they turned out to be the most caring florist and got so much attention.

I also enjoy being able to stay at home, order flowers off their website, and have their same day flower delivery bring it right to my doorstep. They also deliver to any destination in Dubai, which makes them, in my opinion, the greatest flower delivery ever. They have an express flower delivery, that delivers within just 90 minutes, and this is in cases you have a, let’s call it, flower emergency. And sometimes, we all do have an emergency, so it pays off to have a florist that can react so quickly and jump to our assistance. Same day flowers were never as easy to get as with A Better Florist.

You can shop from your mobile from the best florist in Dubai, which means flower shopping is even simpler, because you can be anywhere and still make someone out there happy with gorgeous flowers, relying on their flower delivery. If you’re a business woman or a man, or a mom that’s too busy to think about all the important dates in the year, this is the best florist in Dubai for you.

This flower delivery has been so successful, not just in Dubai, but also as the best HK florist and the best flower delivery KL has. If you jump online, you’ll see that they have great reviews and testimonials all around as the best florist KL has, best flower choices, the freshest flowers anywhere etc., and the fact that they continue to move on from the best florist in Hong Kong and Singapore to other places, means they’re definitely  a business that’s going places. Go see what they are all about, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

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January 26, 2018
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How To Make Your Resolution of Staying Organized Easier

Did you know that staying organized is one of the top New Year’s resolutions people make every year? Unfortunately, it’s a resolution that’s much easier to make than keep. Thankfully, there are things you can do to make your resolution of staying organized easier this year.

 

  • Purchase Storage Containers

 

Whether you’re tidying up your garage or looking for ways to minimize kitchen clutter, storage containers can help you meet your goals. Baby freezer storage containers from BÉABA are the perfect solution if you’re trying to minimize baby food clutter. They come in various sizes and can even be stacked together to make the most of your vertical freezer space.

 

  • Donate or Throw Away

 

Instead of keeping that old blanket that’s been collecting dust in your closet or waiting for the perfect opportunity to use the noodle-making appliance you haven’t used in 10 years, donate them to charity. You can feel good knowing the items are going to someone who needs them and won’t be needlessly cluttering your house anymore.

If an item is broken or useless, why hang onto it? Unless it has particular sentimental value, it’s time to throw it away. It may be hard to part with it at first, but you’ll feel an immediate sense of relief once you do.

 

  • Organize in Sections

 

When you organize your home in small, manageable sections, it’s easier to meet your goals. Start with the smallest room in your home like the laundry room or a closet and set a time limit for yourself. If you start small and stick to a time limit, you’ll be less likely to feel overwhelmed.

If you have a baby, organizing can be even more challenging. Fortunately, portable baby monitors from BÉABA can make the task easier. Place one in the room with your baby and keep the other one by your side so you can hear your baby at all times while you organize.

 

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January 2, 2018
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New Year’s Resolution: Help Your Child Use Its Gap Year Wisely

If your child needs some time off to decide what they would like to do next, or simply more time to prepare for their future career, working on their skills or learning something new might be the best way to spend their gap year. It doesn’t have to be all work; they can use the gap year to travel, meet new people, learn a new language, or just relax from all the studying. However, landing a great job is not easy, so it’s important for your child to use the gap year wisely and improve themselves as much as they can. Thus, here are a few ideas about making the most of the time available and increasing your kid’s chances of a successful future.

 

They can work on their skills

The gap year can be used to gain new skills or improve the ones they already have. It will give them something to add to their resume, which will surely help them stand out from the crowd. When it comes to the skills they can gain, these can be anything – painting, playing an instrument, learning a new language, etc. Knowing more than one language is especially useful, since there’s no field of work that doesn’t appreciate such knowledge. Also, you never know, your child might discover a new passion and decide to turn it into a career they will definitely enjoy.

 

They can use the time to get some work experience

 

They can use the gap year to find a job and earn some extra cash. It will help them become more independent and responsible, and it will teach them how to organise their time and finances. It is a great way to learn how to work in a team as well, which is always valuable to know since many employers require their employees to be team players. Earning some money by themselves can be quite fulfilling on its own, but it can also help them save up for whatever they need regardless of whether it is a new car, bike, computer or the continuation of their studies. In terms of their future career, having some work experience shows that they are motivated, driven, and responsible – and what employer doesn’t appreciate that?

 

They can volunteer

Similar to getting a job, volunteering can also help your kid get some valuable work experience and improve their work-related skills. Plus, being a volunteer shows their compassion and desire to change the world, which can mean a lot if they are planning on working with people or animals in the future. Volunteering can even be done abroad if your child feels a bit more adventurous and wants to learn about different cultures. Not to mention that putting themselves outside their comfort zone is great for gaining independence as well as confidence. It will also look good on their resume because it shows that they are capable of assimilating and adapting to unknown situations. All in all, it would surely be a life-changing experience for your kid.

They can think about their goals

 

Sometimes, kids don’t really know what they want, or they want too many things and can’t decide on just one. Taking the time off to unwind, forget about studying and regain their energy might help them clear their mind so they can make the right decision. You don’t want your child to end up doing something they don’t enjoy, so don’t pressure them too much – let them rest and have some fun if they feel like they need that. They can sign up for some of the amazing schoolies in 2018 and have the time of their life; the schoolies are filled with numerous entertaining activities, and they might even make some great friends.

 

They can meet new people

 

All of the above-mentioned suggestions can help them meet new people, and you never know which of those people will make a difference in your kid’s life. They might make friends for life, loving relationships, or valuable connections that can land them a better job in the future. They can learn something from everybody they meet, so socialising, seeing things from different perspectives and being in contact with different cultures can help your child decide which path in life they want to follow.

 

Working and studying is not all there is to life – it’s only a means of reaching the goal, which is being happy with who one is and what one has achieved. So, help your child use their time wisely and watch them grow into a confident person who knows what they want to do in life.

 

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December 23, 2017
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Learning Apps Make Learning Fun And Interesting

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Looking back, I can still remember my school days when I really enjoyed my history lessons. My classmates and I looked forward to every history lessons because the history teacher made the history lessons very interesting. She didn’t refer to any text books and the history lessons were like story telling time. If you ask most students about their history lessons, many will say that it is boring but it was never a boring lesson to us. Somehow, the historic events came alive as she relate them to us. Most of us scored “A” for our history lessons and we appreciated the way this history teacher taught us.

In this modern age of technology, learning apps are made available to students anywhere who are interested to learn about anything that is offered through their electronic devices. If you choose to learn history or any other subjects using one of these apps, you will benefit from the many spell-binding lectures by excellent professors. Students can learn at their own pace with no rigid schedules. These learning apps allow students to learn while exercising, commuting, or while relaxing in their own room or on the couch. There is no need for the students to attend classroom lessons with other students at fix times. This is a relaxed way of learning with no homework, no tests and no pressure.

There are many learning apps that students can download from the Google Play store. If you are overwhelmed by the countless learning apps available, you can start off with The Great Courses Plus and sign up for free trail. If you are using an iPhone, you can pick up the best iTunes learning app by downloading the app for free. You can use the free trial period to access whether this learning app is what you are looking for or whether you will need to look for another app after the free trial period ended.

 

 

Through The Great Courses Plus online learning subscription, students have access to more than 8,000 educational videos taught by experts and students can learn everything about anything, from anywhere, with the world’s greatest professors as their instructors. Besides history, there are science, health & wellness, professional development, and many other subjects offered.

Students can also download any of the Google Play homework apps to automatically receive homework from their teachers. It is a tool for teachers to communicate with their students concerning homework assignments, notifications and other important messages through their smartphone. All these is especially useful for students who are unable to attend classes, either they are sick or for some emergency reasons.

If you are interested for more details concerning the learning apps, you can check out thegreatcoursesplus.com or any of the learning apps websites.

 

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November 17, 2017
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