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The best stress management strategies

Am I stressed?  It’s a simple question but one that we rarely have time to ask ourselves.  If we did on a regular basis most of us would be quite surprised by how often our inner self would answer, yes!   Stress is a natural reaction and was originally very useful to our ancient ancestors who often needed to act quickly in life-threatening situations from predators or other threats.  In such situations the ...

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How to ensure you DON’T become a helicopter parent

It’s very tempting to shelter our children from every upset, take on their challenges and make decisions for them in case they get it wrong, but by doing this are we preparing them well for adult life?  Does it really help them if we do their homework for them, shout at the referee on the sports field and sort out playground quarrels on their behalf? Children actually need the freedom to sort out their own ...

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How to: Avoid tourist traps this summer

Wherever you’re heading on your summer hols this year, chances are you’d like to get off the tourist trail and discover some of those hidden gems which are frequented by locals rather than the tourist masses. Here are my top tips for avoiding tourist traps, finding those hidden gems and ultimately getting to experience the ‘real’ country or region you’re holidaying within.  1. Take the Back-Roads Turn off t ...

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How to: choose the right school for your child

Schools today are laying much more emphasis on marketing and branding, often creating an image that’s not quite the full picture.  Savvy Mums are aware that they need to delve beneath the polished prospectus and carefully crafted open day in order to choose the right school for their child. After talking to Mums with school age children here are my ten top tips on how to avoid the marketing trap. 1. Open da ...

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How to save money on expensive childcare

As a recent report reveals that childcare costs have soared by 19% over the past year, more and more parents are looking for cost effective alternatives when it comes to looking after their little ones, either before or after school and at weekends. Here are some great money saving tips on childcare:   1.     Free Childcare Vouchers Don’t forget to claim you free childcare vouchers! The Government offe ...

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How to get rid of those ceiling cracks

A ceiling always works and moves, so it's no surprise that you can see cracks in your ceiling after a few years, and it's guaranteed you will get them. After analysing the different options to get rid of those infamous ceiling cracks, we have found several alternatives. 1) The simple option is to fill in those cracks with any filler available in DIY shops. It is quite quick, anyone (almost) could do it, but ...

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How to… know if your marriage is really over

Being in a partnership that works is a wonderful thing; effortless, trusting, kind and happy. The very thought that, for whatever reason, it might all end is stomach churning. It's easy to sit around the kitchen table with a glass of wine putting the world to rights, but how do we know when it's more than that, and what do we do? Most of us have thoughts about 'what if' on a bad day. When there are more bad ...

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How to… freshen up garden decking

Your garden decking goes through a lot. Remember how excited you were the day you finished building your new deck? The smell of fresh-cut wood, the warm, even color of the new deck boards, that summer afternoon spent admiring the fine details that made yours the best-looking deck in the neighborhood.   1.Remove objects Clear the area, ensuring that all garden furniture is placed on mats and any plant p ...

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How to take care of your nails

Nail problems affect people of all ages and for various reasons. Some nail conditions need professional treatment from either a doctor or a dermatologist, while others respond to simple self-help techniques and minor lifestyle changes. Our nails can be a visible sign of neglect that speaks volumes about our health and well-being.  With a plethora of treatments and therapies available in salon, online, at-ho ...

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How to… keep your children safe online

“As a mum of two, I know the safety of your child is the biggest concern for any family,” says Lucy Woodward, Interactive Live Services Director at Disney’s Club Penguin. “As parents, we prepare our children for the outside world, ensuring they cross the road safely when walking to school looking left and right, and it’s important we extend this to preparing them for the online world too. “At Disney’s Club ...

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How to… upholster a chair

There are so many good chairs out there that are just plain uncomfortable in their own skin. It is time that we liberate them and give them new life! Here's how you can upholster a chair. STEP 1: Prepare the seat Strip the seat pad to reveal the empty frame. Using a staple gun, weave and attach strips of elastic webbing across the frame to give the seat a bit of a bounce. Then turn the frame over. ...

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