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Why It’s Important To Celebrate Family Life

There are many important reasons to celebrate family life. These can range from taking the time to share special occasions, through to being able to maintain long term relationships across different generations. At the same time, celebrating family life can reward parents, help people understand each other through their family, and can build a strong sense of community that can be passed down to children. Whether coming together for an important event, or simply seeing each other on a regular basis, family life is always important to savour.

Sharing Special Occasions

It’s always a good idea to spend special occasions with your family if you can. These occasions can include Christmases, birthday, and Bonfire Night and fireworks, as well as weddings and anniversaries. Spending time together, even for one major event a year, can consequently add up to being a memorable occasion that can allow you to catch up, and avoid losing contact with people. Special occasions can also be more distinctive by families all being able to contribute to the holding of an event.

Maintaining Relationships

The celebration of family life is essential to maintaining relationships as you grow older. While online social networking makes it easy to stay in touch with people, it’s still important to spend actual time with each other throughout the year. If this is difficult, try to have some kind of family holiday together, even if that’s only a weekend. Maintaining these relationships is key to preventing children from growing up without contact with their cousins, or older families not being able to maintain the relationships that they had in previous years.

Reward Parents

Celebrating family life is a good way for children to reward parents and grandparents. Even if a celebration is only small and casual, it can mean a lot to people that don’t get to see the rest of their family very often. At the same time, rewarding parents can mean older children spending money on booking a holiday together, or just having a party for anniversaries and birthdays. Doing so can mean that it’s possible to maintain a strong relationship between parents and children.

Understanding Each Other

Siblings and family members can often find that they share problems and personality traits, and can talk about these with their parents or grandparents. Having a close relationship with your family can mean that you find someone that understands when you have stressful or difficulty times in your life, or when you want advice on a subject. On the other hand, it’s important to see family in order to share a sense of humour.

Sense of Community

Regular celebrations of family life can build a strong sense of community, and can help family members that feel cut off. Making meetings and events a regular part of the year can also set a good example for younger children to maintain the same kind of relationships as they get older, and can set up a positive appreciation of family that can last for a long time.

Rob James is a father of four girls. He will often buy fireworks online from Dynamic Fireworks to add a bit of ‘sparkle’ family celebrations. Rob can be found blogging about many aspects of family life (when he finds a spare minute!!). His favourite quote is “Live your life and forget your age.” – Norman Vincent Peale

September 7, 2012 Posted by | Family Life | , , , | Leave a comment

The First Day of School: Not Just a New Chapter for Your Youngster



You’ve just looked at the calendar. It’s September.

But instead of wondering where the summer has gone and worrying about how Christmas is somehow suddenly only 3 months away, your worries turn to something much bigger… It’s your youngster’s first day at school.

Every parent knows there’s something about watching your little one walk through the school gates for the very first time, that just tugs on your heartstrings.

Suddenly, after 4 or 5 years, they’re ready to venture out into the big wide world and take their first little steps of independence.

However, a child’s first day at school signifies not only a new chapter for them, but for you too.

Your life once consisted of clients, meetings, telephone calls, budgets and deadlines. But you then put your paid career job on standby to take on a much more challenging and full-time role…becoming a mother.

As time passes, returning to the workforce can be as daunting as first leaving it. Where do you start looking? Should you go full-time or part-time? How do you negotiate your work-life fitting around your family-life?

Well, whether you’ve been off the job scene for a few months or a few years, here are a few simple steps that will help to gradually ease you back into office life.

Think Carefully About What You Want

When making the decision to return back to work, it’s important to clearly set out exactly what you want, and most importantly, what can realistically be achieved for yourself and your family.

Instead of diving in head first in an attempt to mask your worries of experiencing ‘empty nest syndrome’, take time to think about some of the following questions:

– Why do you want to go back to work?
– When would you ideally like to return?
– Are you looking to go part-time or full-time?
– Are you looking to resume your career, or simply take on a job to help pay for the family’s financial dividends?
– What arrangements are in place for childcare once you return back to work?

Discussing these questions with family and friends may also help you to assess how you feel about returning to work, as well as help to discuss what appropriate steps to take next.

Get Back In Touch

If you’re looking to return back to your previous workplace, it may be a good idea to get back in contact with some of your old colleagues, in order to put you in good stead for your return.

Meet up for a coffee one day and find out about any new news, developments or changes that have occurred in the company whilst you’ve been away changing nappies!
Getting back in the loop will soon make you feel at ease and is bound to help you slot straight back into the workplace quicker.

How To Go About Finding The Right Job

If like many, motherhood has made you decide to take on a new job role completely, there are several ways you can search for a job that’s right for you.
Finding job vacancies is easy and can be done at the touch of button.

Searching by location on local jobs boards, for example ‘jobs in Northampton’, allows you to find a comprehensive list of all the available jobs within your area, which can be refined by keyword and position-type.
Applying for jobs this way can also be done at your convenience, therefore allowing your job hunt to fit around your family’s day-to-day life.

What’s more, many companies offering administrative, sales and personal assistant roles can also often be done from the comfort of your own home, allowing you to effectively split your time between both the office and the home.
This article was written by Ella Mason, an experienced careers writer. Ella specialises in providing jobs advice for stay-at-home parents.

September 5, 2012 Posted by | Working Mum | , , | Leave a comment

Benefits Of Exercise On Your Overall Health!


Regular exercise is a key to maintaining good health. There are activities that you can do indoors or outdoors depending on your preference. There are traditional activities as well as non-traditional activities that you can do to get the proper amount of exercise.

If you prefer exercising outside, there are many outside activities that are fun and will keep you occupied. Walking is a great way to stay in shape, and an after dinner stroll could be just the beginning of a new workout routine. If you prefer a more intense workout, then jogging may be your activity of choice. Exercise doesn’t have to be traditional, there are many things you can do around the house such as gardening, mowing the lawn and other yard work. These activities may be the best way to get the exercise you need! Doing activities you enjoy will prevent you from getting bored and you will be more likely to continue with your exercise program. Playing games, such as soccer or basketball, is another great way to get in a workout and have some fun with friends at the same time.

If you prefer to exercise indoors, there are a number of ways to reach your fitness goals indoors. Many people use home gym equipment to perform various exercises and to build muscle for strength. Treadmills and ellipticals allow you to walk indoors while listening to music or watching a television program. A walk or jog on a treadmill is often a great way to unwind after a long day and will also make you feel a lot better than plopping down on the couch!

Whether you choose to workout indoors or outdoors, it is essential to get the proper amount of exercise to maintain good health. Exercise not only makes you stronger physically, but it has a positive influence on mental health. Regular exercise relieves stress and improves the ability to concentrate. If you’ve experienced a stressful day, take a few minutes for yourself to take a brisk walk or jog, you will feel much better afterwards. Regular exercise can also help to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. You may not notice any relief the first few times you work out, but after several exercise sessions, you will notice that the symptoms of depression and anxiety will be less intense. Staying in shape can improve your mood. When you exercise, you feel good about what you’re doing because you know that exercise is good for your health. This will aid in elevating your mood.

The physical effects of a regular fitness routine can be seen within a short period of time. You may begin to notice that your muscles are getting bigger and you are leaner. You will notice that you are more energetic with regular exercise. You may feel tired immediately following your workout, but you will generally have an increase in energy levels. Other physical benefits of regular exercise are not readily visible, but give it time and you will surely notice a lot of changes for the better! Exercise increases circulatory function and is great for a healthy heart. If you suffer from high blood pressure, regular exercise can aid in correcting this issue. Your immune system will get a boost, which means you will get sick less. If you do get sick, the illness will subside much quicker than if you weren’t in shape.

The benefits of regular exercise shouldn’t be ignored. It may be difficult to start an exercise regime, but once you get into the habit of regularly exercising, you will begin to look forward to the time spent on physical fitness. You shouldn’t try to do too much in the beginning. If you’re just starting out, you may only be comfortable exercising for a few minutes at a time. The important thing to remember is to not over do it. This can lead to muscle tears, pulled ligaments and other problems. As you get used to your exercise routine, you can begin exercising for longer periods of time as long as you are comfortable and not experiencing pain. If you have health problems, it is a good idea to discuss your physical activity with your doctor before beginning.

August 16, 2012 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

How to create personalised Canvas Prints – Guest Post

Canvas Prints are all the rage at the moment, with many buying them as gifts for loved ones. Artists such as Andy Warhol and street artist Banksy have greatly influenced design and fashion trends, with many top interior designers using Canvas Prints in their designs. As a result of this increase in popularity many have turned to canvas printing as a way of creatively decorating their own homes. Creating your very own personalised Canvas Print is very easy, and is the ideal way to display and present your favourite family photos.

This post will guide you through 4 steps which will help you turn your most cherished photos into wonderful Canvas Wall Art.

Step 1: Choose and Image

Image 1

Possibly the most important step to creating your very own personalised Canvas Print is to select the perfect image. When selecting your image there are a few important factors to take into consideration. Is your image one that you will be happy to see everyday? Will it fit in with your homes current design? Is it of a quality worth spending money on to transform it into a wonderful canvas print? If the answer to these questions are all “Yes” then you can move on to step 2. If you are struggling for ideas, but really wish to have a canvas print in your home popular ideas include, family photos, pets, landscape photos, hobbies and interests. You can also further personalise your image by customising and editing your image using computer software such as PhotoShop.

Step 2: Print Image

Image 2

Once you have selected your perfect image you need to have it printed onto canvas. The easiest way to do this is to take your image to a specialist printing company, who can have your image printed onto high quality canvas in a couple of hours. However, depending on the size of the canvas, and the quality of your home printer, you may be able to complete this step at home. To do this you will have to own a printer that is capable of printing to canvas, you can check this in your printers Manufactures Manual. You will also need to buy some canvas to print onto, there are two main types 100% cotton canvas, or Poly Canvas. Read your printers manual carefully and follow the steps that guide you through the set up for printing onto canvas. Once your print is complete you must wait for the ink to completely dry before continuing to step 3.

Step 3: Stretch and Frame Canvas


Once your canvas prints are dry you need to stretch and frame them. Canvas prints are traditionally stretched over a wooden frame, this keeps the canvas tight and makes for a smooth and professional finish. The key to stretching your canvas is to keep the canvas tight, you can buy tool that will assist in this, but when stretched properly a canvas print should be tight like the skin on a drum. Again you can take your Canvas to a professional who will be able to do this for you. However if you are feeling creative and wish to do this by yourself you can. Neatly fold the canvas around your wooden frame using special canvas pliers to pull the canvas tight, and secure using a staple gun. Once secured, cover the staples with a strong masking tape for a neat finish. You can then opt to frame your canvas or leave it as it is and hang it up. Framing looks great if your image is artistic, but many prefer the simplistic and modern look of an unframed canvas print.

Step 4: Hang Canvas


Hanging your finished Wall Art is easy. There are many effective methods. You can use a painting hanging set, mirror plates, or 3M Command Strips, all are readily available at any respectable D.I.Y shop. The most important part of hanging your canvas print is choosing the perfect place to show off your new, fantastic Canvas Wall Art.



About the Author

Adam has many years experience within the Digital Printing industry, he specialised in creating high quality Canvas Wall Art. In his spare time he enjoys developing his skills as an amateur photographer. His favourite things to take photos of are insects and flowers.

June 23, 2012 Posted by | Guest Blog Post | , , , | 1 Comment