Family is the most important thing in the whole wide world. We all need family and they are the people who will be there throughout our entire lives ready to guide us in the right direction and tell us when we are going in the wrong one. Staying happy and healthy together as a family is something we should all try to do this year because we all want to live a long and happy life together.
Here are some tips to help your family feel happier and healthier.
Spend time together
It is so important as a family that we take the time out of our day to talk and catch up with the people we love. At the end of the day you might be tired, but it is always important to have a family meal together where you can all talk about your day, anything that is troubling you and anything good that happened. It makes sure the bond between you is stronger for longer and that you always know how the members of your family are feeling.
Have family days
If you don’t do this already, try and make time once a month to have a special family day with your kids and partner and either go out for the day together or stay in and do some fun activities. It will be something you can all look forward to throughout the month and it is also a way to keep jay bond strong and make sure that you all get along well together. Think about having a craft day in the house with clay and paints or going out to a museum so the kids can learn about science and history.
Hone the senses
Sense are so important to keep healthy throughout life and you are able to have control over keeping the whole family in good health with their yes and their ears. For the eyes for example you can limit phone time for the kids and make sure that they go out into nature to play in the real world from time to time. For the ears, you can get the kids to have regular hearing tests and you can also have a low volume household with lower TV and music volume to save the ears of everyone in the house.
As a family you can do anything, and it is always great to teach your family that they can experience amazing and new things in life and be brave when faced with new places or situations. Taking the time one weekend to go somewhere new and explore can be a wonderful way to bond over your shared adventure as well as keep everyone happy for the weekend to reduce their stress and make sure that they are healthy.
Spend time with friends
Friends are just as important as family and everyone should have a solid group of friends who they can go to and talk to whenever they need it. Think about spending time at least once a month with friends to catch up on life and get advice about things going on. They will act as a group of people to keep you sane and it works for every member of the family. Invite the kids to have people over after school and to stay over at night if they please. Allowing them to form strong friendships now will make them happier and more confident later in life.
Bravery is the best gift you can give to your family, and together as a team you can achieve anything you set your minds to. Make sure as you grow as a family that you meet every challenge with bravery and pass on this trait to your kids. It is a trait which will allow them to succeed later in life and it will allow them to take those chances which could alter their lives forever.
Eat in moderation
Food is of course one of the main things you can control with the family from the get go and if you are able to cook up great Home meals then your family should always have the fuel they need to manage a healthy and happy body. When it comes to family food make sure you don’t go over the top with clean eating and fitness foods. It is also important to enjoy a treat now and again and make sure you teach this to the kids. Have a takeaway every so often if you fancy it or buy a cake one night just because you can. Moderation is the key to a healthy diet.
Many of us struggle with confidence and self-esteem. As mothers, it can seem particularly hard when you’ve had a bad day with the kids, when you haven’t left the house for days, are covered in baby sick, and realize your new life is different from your old life, which is totally okay by the way. Your body bounces back from childbirth and pregnancy, but even then it can be challenging to find that confidence again.
It’s not only mothers, women, girls and boys that experience low self-esteem. Men too go through these life changing events. Husbands, boyfriends, partners, fathers... they too experience those insecurities and struggle just like females do. Although it's usually not as obvious (and not even as much) since society does tend to focus more on female insecurities. But many men experience the same issues. They worry about their body, they struggle to feel connected with family they spend hours away from... They also feel like they can’t give work their all. They feel as if they're failing on all levels. But, while women often open up to their partners, it appears to be a lot more difficult for men to do so. This probably has a lot to do with society. Many men suffer in silence.
Low self-esteem can become a severe problem, which can need medical help. But, there is also a lot that you can do to help the men in your life see they're not alone. Because as women, we've definitely experienced it all or will in our lifetime.
Here’s a look at some of the best self-esteem boosting tips.
When you’ve got a young family, it can be hard to take time out for yourselves. Sometimes a night out is exactly what you both need to feel better and give your relationship a boost to remember what it’s like to just be a couple and not parents. Treat him to a new shirt from John Henric US collection, buy yourself a new dress, get a babysitter and go out for the evening. Even if it’s just for a quick drink or meal in your areal. It could do you both the world of good.
When we first start dating someone, we say nice things to them all of the time. We compliment them and as time progresses we forget those little details did in fact bring something extra to the relationship. We spend our mornings in a rush - sometimes getting everyone ready for their days- and our evenings running around- sometimes cooking, cleaning and doing bedtimes. We forget our partners. This goes both ways. Remind the men in your life you appreciate them. Give him a nice compliment. Give her a nice compliment.
These tiny complements might seem like nothing, but showing each other appreciation and that you are proud of him and/or her and reminded your partner you love each other appreciate what you do for each other, adds a boost to confidence.
Another thing that we do a lot of when we start dating is texting. Then, years in our texts say things like “don’t forget to buy milk” or “where are my keys?”, Not particularly romantic or mood-boosting. Take the time to send each other a quick “I love you” or a flirty message for no reason, just to make each other smile.
Most couples are guilty of giving their phones more attention than each other. We sit on the sofa with the TV on scrolling through social media. We even eat meals while glued to our phones. Put it down and give your partner your full attention. Have rules like no screens at dinner time or make a deal to turn them off on movie nights.
This will make all the difference.
We’re all in search for satisfaction one way or another. In our work, in our homes, in our families. We all wish to reach a level of happiness. Satisfaction is usually generated by the things we do and the habits we maintain. Over time it’s more than possible to love the life you live, and live the life you love. But in order to get there, we have to live through some experiences, fall and get back up, and keep working and learning... and the learning never stops. Of course, there are different forms of satisfaction. The deep, undying love we feel for our children is one of those positives we will always keep with us. Some things in our lives do change and the level of satisfaction will often change. This satisfaction has a lot do with how we feel with our surroundings to be the best version of ourselves, even when we're changing.
The following four self-styled steps are available no matter who you are. Consider the following steps.
Caring for your home life is more important than simply ensuring you have the best family with no downsides. All families and home setups come with their negative aspects, but you can work on them and adapt the right situation for you. There’s no guarantee you’d be happy with three children and a white picket fence, so sometimes shooting for what you ‘should do’ is less appropriate than what you really desire. However, for those who work all the time and pay little attention to their home atmosphere, ensuring their homes are taken care of can be a big help in their daily functioning. No matter who you are, a well put together home situation maintained out of love is something to cherish, be that through competent decoration and cleanliness, the people you have at home or the simple plans you have for your home space in the pursuit of comfortable recreation, a man’s, woman’ and young professional’s home is their castle.
Without maintaining your health in systemized ways, satisfaction will always elude you. Staying active and eating well is of course one of the most important circumstances you can ever take part in, but great health is more than that. It’s how social you are in order to feed your emotional health. It’s the therapy you may decide you need after a chaotic childhood. It’s the ability to accept, digest and maintain your needs as a newly disabled person, perhaps taking pride in your ability to repair hearing aids as part of your monthly schedule can all have a positive impact on your sense of self-autonomy among many other things. Life is nothing without health, or health relative to your situation. Without care and a real sense of self-preservation, it’s hard to stay motivated or enthused in your daily life. Don’t worry, even those that have been through the ringer come to live healthy and sustainable lives, including those previously homeless, those with previous addictions and those with trauma to work through. You just have to believe you can.
Our society often celebrates those that put the most hours in each week, getting four hours of sleep and #grinding until they’re exhausted. Hard work should be valued, because it nourishes the soul. However, menial work, work hated but conducted for huge monetary gain, and work that leaves us feeling lesser at the end of the day can often harm our satisfaction levels. Of course, sometimes we must do things we do not like in order to survive or maintain a quality of life. However, taking all and any opportunities in our stride, believing we can rise above our circumstances and paying our dues is the best way to feel a sense of burning self-respect, and this can help us develop our best selves. Remember, a job you enjoy is much better than a job that pays you plenty of money each year, as time is the most valued resource any human being has access to.
Work is great, and work is grand. But without a solid and healthy attitude to recreation, you’ll be hard pressed to enjoy your life. All work and no play surely makes Jack a dull boy. Recreation is not stupid and indulgent. It has real benefits for our personality, our outlook, our ability to naturally learn and socialize. You might consider that it’s your real duty to learn and become your best self through playing. That might seem an insane idea, but take some time to indulge yourself here, and you may feel some excellent results.
With these tips, stepping to satisfaction is sure to be secured.
So, you have decided that you want to go to university? This is a route that many people go down today when attempting to carve the perfect career for themselves. After all, there is nothing like having a degree qualification on your CV to impress potential future employers. However, making the decision to go to university and getting good grades is only a small part of the process. You then need to select from the thousands and thousands of universities that are available. How do you narrow down your process effectively? What should you consider?
Read on for a helpful step-by-step guide.
There is only one place to begin, and this is with the academic programs that the universities provide. After all, it is likely that you will have decided on the subject you want to study, and so you can narrow down your search based on this. If you haven’t, you really need to start thinking about what you want to do in terms of your career. Do some research online and take the many different quizzes to help you get a good understanding of the sort of avenue you should go down. Remember, choosing a course and a career are two different things entirely. So, when thinking about the sort of degree you are going to go for, you really need to consider what you can do with it afterward. What sort of doors will your degree open? What jobs will be available to you?
When it comes to considering the different academic courses the university provides, it is not only about making sure the university in question teaches the subject, but you need to ensure they are good at doing so and that their course is held in high regard. For example, there could be a university with an exceptional reputation, yet their law course is somewhat limited. No matter how good the university is on the whole, it would be advisable to look somewhere else if you want to study law. Carefully assess the academic program offered by each university you consider. What does the curriculum look like? What will you learn each year? Are there any unique opportunities i.e. to study abroad for a year? You may also want to research the lecturers and tutors, what are their credentials? In addition to this, try to find out about the success rates from the course. What percentage of students have gone on to find jobs? This information is easier to find for some universities when compared with others. However, you can always email the university for information on this. After all, if you don’t ask, you don’t get!
country, never mind region! The world is your oyster if you are this open-minded about the location of your university.
Nonetheless, there are still a lot of factors you must consider. For example, you need to decide whether you want to go to a university in a large city or a small rural area. You also need to look into student accommodation in the area. How easy is it to find and what are the prices? Moreover, you should take a look at the public transport in the area, as well as your route home. How long will it take? How easy will it be? And, how much will it cost? Public transport is important because you will need to determine how you are going to get to university every day if your accommodation is not on campus, as well as how much it is going to cost you to get there. If you are moving to an entirely new city it is imperative to do your research beforehand to ensure it is somewhere you think you will settle in well.
It is also important to consider size when trying to find a university that suits you. You can find universities with as little as 1,000 students to those with way over 40,000. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to determining whether you should go for a small or large university. It is all about deciphering what is going to be right for you specifically. Some people love the chance to go to a huge university – more people, more opportunities and more going on. However, for some, this can be intimidating and so they prefer to go to a small university, as it will be a lot easier for them to settle in. If you are undecided, go for something in the middle!
Student diversity matters to some individuals and for others, it doesn’t. Some students would prefer to go to a university whereby they are with students with a similar background to them, as it makes them feel more comfortable. However, others love the opportunity to mix with people from different ethnic and cultural groups, as they find the experience more interesting and exciting. Of course, it is entirely up to you. Most universities will provide statistics regarding the diversity of students at their institution in their guides or on their website.
Aside from the points that have already been mentioned, it is also advisable to conduct a significant amount of research in order to determine whether the university has a good reputation or not. This is something that should not be too difficult to do. All you need to do is take to the Internet and conduct a comprehensive search. You are likely to find forums about the university in question. Read the comments and see what people had to say about their experience there. Did they enjoy it? Would they recommend it? What did they like and what didn’t they like?
Aside from this, you should also see how the university is viewed by others – i.e. employers. Is it held in high regard? A good way to determine whether this is the case is to read university standings and such like. You will often find that universities are ranked based on a number of different things and then the results are posted online and in newspapers. This will give you a good idea regarding the quality you can expect from the university in question and how beneficial it will be to have such an institute’s name on your CV when you graduate.
Whilst your education is imperative, it is also crucial to make sure you enjoy campus life, after all, you are going to be spending several years there. What goes on at the university in question? Do they have sororities and fraternities? Are there any groups you can join? Are there lots of activities and such like to participate in? Do they host social events whereby you can get to know other students?
imagine. Once you have a few last universities in mind, your final consideration can be cost. You can sit and work out how much it will roughly cost you, taking into account all the factors that have just been mentioned.
If you take into account all of the points that have been touched upon in this post, you should be able to effectively find a university that suits you. It is also worth noting that there are websites designed to help you search through universities based on all of the factors that have been mentioned. These are great tools that you should definitely consider using to help you on your way.
When talking about beauty, it’s important to note it's beyond physical looks. It’s about feeling good with yourself. The swell of self-confidence that comes with a little self-care, when it’s done right, is the feeling you want to chase and hold on to. Here are a few beauty tips that don’t sacrifice that sense of wellness and comfort for the sake of something that’s only skin deep.
Exercise in the a.m. can help you feel energized for the rest of the day. It’s a proven mood booster, releasing endorphins that give a rush and help control your cortisol levels, a.k.a the stress hormone. Take a look at Lifehack for some of the simplest exercises that can help you get start off your day right. Make a little more time for physical activity and not only will you stay in control of your body, you’ll find yourself moving much more comfortably and sleeping better.
Nothing nicer than a new find
They call it retail therapy for a reason. Finding that one beauty product that scratches your particular itch can feel like a victory in so many ways. Whether it’s finding skincare products that work best with your sensitive skin or foundations and powders that match your skin tones, having a few new tools in the arsenal can make you feel a lot more confident about your morning beauty routine. If you’re stuck for inspiration but you know that you’re missing something, check out some of the best finds currently on the market from brands like Sephora.
When you think of going for skin treatments, your mind might not conjure the nicest images. You might imagine needles, surgical masks, and cold, hard lights but that doesn’t have to be the case at all. Places like Solace Wellness Center & Medspa can make a real difference in maintaining your skin, saying goodbye to those dead skin cells or working on your skins elasticity in a sweet welcoming setting. There’s nothing like sitting back and relaxing in a real spa environment while someone else takes painstaking care to help your skin maintain its luster.
Catch some rays
If you haven’t taken the time to get out of the house and explore nature, there's not time like the present. In addition to a little natural beauty indulgence - a hike, beach trip or picnic- you can also get some of that all-important sunshine. The sun plays a major role in helping us stay healthy and beautiful. Vitamin D is an absolute necessity. Just don't forget to wear sunscreen. One of the surprising benefits of sunshine and the vitamin D it provides is promoting weight loss.
We're all deserving of being our absolute best, both mentally and even physically. So skip the surgeries and the stress with the these tips.
If you are just about to make a decision about your future career and higher education, it might be a good idea to consider courses run abroad. There are several benefits of traveling the world, and if you can combine it with learning new skills and getting an internationally recognized degree, you are going to improve your employability. If you study abroad, you can stand out from the pool of graduates easier. Below you will find five reasons why you should give foreign colleges and universities a thought.
1. New Language
First of all, you will inevitably pick up a new language. It will come useful when you are trying to get a job with an international company that has offices in different parts of the world. As an example, you can get a bachelor of hospitality management degree at Glion and get an internationally approved qualification. You might be able to find local work or become a manager for a large worldwide hotel or restaurant chain, traveling the world.
2. Different Approach
It is also an important benefit to mention that you will be introduced to a new approach to life, teaching, and community. Not all universities around the world are the same, and spending a few years abroad will open your eyes to new ways of thinking, communicating, and sharing ideas.
3. Cultural Competence
Today, an increasing number of global firms are looking for people who have cultural competence and sensitivity. If you take part in a college exchange project, you will get to know people who live in the country and those who are visiting from other parts of the world. You will get better at understanding cultural cues and communicating according to the other person’s preferences.
5. Expand Your Interests
If you study abroad and create adventures, you will have more things to talk about with people you meet. When it comes to making your CV stand out and getting recruiters remember you, a work or study experience abroad and an additional language at a native level will make a huge difference. You can talk about the people you met, the things you learned from the different culture. This helps you be more open minded. Talk about these adventures in your interviews and they'll remember you.
Making a decision about your higher education and your future career is probably the most challenging things you will have to do. If you would like to break into a job market that is overcrowded by new graduates, you can increase your personal value by adding foreign courses or experience to your CV.
Is there an occasion that you will be attending soon? Are you going out on a date, to a function or a business party? You are going to need to find the perfect outfit to wear, and you can never go wrong with a dress. But, you need to make sure you find the perfect dress as you don’t want to go under or overdressed.
Here are tips on how to choose the perfect dress to impress.
Not Too Tight
Something you are not going to want to do is have a dress that is so tight you can’t breathe. If you are going to be at the function for a long while, you need to make sure you are comfortable as well as looking fabulous. You can never underestimate the importance of being comfortable. Otherwise, you will start to give off involuntary signs that you are not comfortable and other people will begin to pick up on this and it might not make a great first impression.
Do you remember what Sandy wore at the end of Grease? The only time this is going to be good for anyone else is around Halloween. Don’t make the mistake of going for this look, it might wow everyone, but not in the way you are going for. You need to make sure that the tightness of your dress is appropriate for the occasion. We are not saying that you shouldn’t wear something that hugs your curves and shows off your best assets, just that it shouldn’t be so skin tight that you may need to cut it off.
Without accessories, the perfect dress will be wasted. You might want to try purchasing the accessories first and fit the dress around these. If you go online and look at a site such as SeersuckerSassy.com, you will find some gorgeous accessories that are sure to go with a wide variety of dresses. It might be helpful for you to do it this way because once you have the accessories, the dress search is narrowed down to what goes with them. Don’t forget, if you don’t accessorize, even with the perfect dress you will not stand out and impress everyone in the room.
Your Body Type
It's no secret we all have different body types. That's one of the beauties of individuality. Wear something that accentuates you and you feel good in. Finding the dress that suits your body type is going to make you look and feel drop dead gorgeous... as if you weren't already! Always try the dress before a big event ahead of time. It probably looks good on those unrealistic mannequins so make sure you like it on you. Different dresses are suited for diverse figures. And for impressions, find the dress that suits you both mentally and physically. If you are not sure how to do this, ask a professional in store to help you, after all, we can all use a little help every now and then and they're there to sell and in the process, they'll get some satisfaction out of helping a fellow customer.
We hope that you find this advice useful and use it to find the perfect dress to make an impression. Remember, teenvogue.com has plenty more fantastic fashion advice for you to peruse.
Mementos can be worthwhile methods of bonding over something that matters truly to the two of you. It might be you decide to wear promise rings, or you present one another a family heirloom that means something to you, explaining and exploring its history together. You may decide for an important and long-lasting souvenier from the place you first met, or perhaps saving an item that brought you together in the first place. Mementos always steward a strong emotional appeal, and ensuring they exist in your relationship can be a necessary step to emotional connection.
In order to truly bond with a person, you need to show them who you truly are. Despite our intent, we are all products of our past. Exploring memories with our loved one can help them gain necessary context into who we are. You may not need to share traumas right away of course, but showing your formative years, your most cherish memories and locations or familial relations that mean something to you can help you bond with your lover in more ways than one, and gain some insight into who this person you love really is past everything they’ve shown you.
Opening up can help you gift your best presence to the person in front of you. It allows you both to connect over a story, to find commonalities, or to feel completely unguarded around that person. The most beautiful thing a couple can do is trust each other, and take on one another’s burden in the interest of mutual health and love all round. Without this, a relationship can become stale and never truly honest.
With these simple and beautiful methods of connecting with your true love, you can ensure your beautiful relationship is strong, perhaps forever.
Are you someone who lacks a bit of confidence in general? Perhaps you are someone who is fine in most situations, but when it comes to dating, you are a bundle of nerves? We hear that! The dating world is a hard one. Yes, it is a lot of fun, but it's filled with jitters and butterflies - both the good and the bad kind. However, there are ways that you can boost your confidence, and exude that confidence we and you know is in there. After all, even if you are absolutely terrified inside, your date does not need to know that this is the case. With that being said, read on to discover how to be more confident on a date.
As you can see, there are many different ways that you can appear like you are more confident on a date. If you follow the suggestions that have been presented above, you can make sure you appear much more confident when going on any date. It does not matter whether you truly feel confident or not, giving the impression that you are helps you believe it too, causing your mind and body to embody that confidence. This helps your comfort and your dates. Plus, this attractive tribute will have you wanting to keep working on this characteristic and in turn helps you feel attractive and sure of yourself. You know what they say - fake it until you make it!
THE PRESENT IS FEMALE
From bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) and co-writer-Academy Award®-winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption. Widows is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), Veronica (Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. Widows also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry.
Mark your calendars. Widows is coming to theaters on November 16, 2018. See you there!
by Iconic Chica Mag Editors
Teens and young adults these days absolutely love trendy streetwear. Be it affordable brands like Nike, Adidas and Champion or the higher-end brands like Off-White, Balenciaga and Supreme, streetwear is here to stay and it’ll continue to influence younger generations for years to come, regardless of how deep their pockets are!
But there will come a time and place where you need to ditch the sweatpants, hang up the crop-tops and pick out something a little more elegant. Perhaps you’re attending a family dinner and want to make a good impression, or maybe you’ve landed yourself a job at a really upscale company. There are going to be situations in life where you’ll actually want to put a dress on instead of your typical street outfit, and it can be difficult making such a drastic change.
If all you’ve known is streetwear, then here’s a brief guide on how to transform your look and switch to a dress.
Let’s face it, wearing a dress exposes some of your body and it’s usually just a thin layer of clothing. You’re going to be cold when there’s a breeze and you might want to stay away from wearing a dress when the weather is cold. However, you’ll find some great tips at gurl.com on how to stay warm when you’re wearing a dress.
Layer a Jacket
If you want to wear a dress but you’re still a bit concerned about how you'd look, then don’t be afraid to layer on a jacket. You could even wear a black leather jacket over a white dress and it’d still look fine.
Pick a Simple Pattern
The idea for wearing a dress is to not overcomplicate things. Don’t layer too many crazy floral patterns and keep it simple! Take a look at sites such as fillyflair.com to get yourself elegant but simple dresses that don’t stick out too much and are easy to just slip on. The more colours and crazy patterns you add, the weirder it will look.
Neutral Colours Are Your Friend
Streetwear commonly uses very neutral colours like black, beige and white. You can apply the same logic to your dresses and accessories too. A simple navy dress with a white pattern goes brilliantly with a white scarf, black tights, black boots and perhaps a white or grey overcoat. You don’t need to go for bright and eccentric colours–keeping it simple can help you retain your street style but still add a touch of elegance.
Accessories are important when it comes to wearing a dress. Be it rings, bracelets, earrings or necklaces, layer them together to add a nice touch of class to your outfit. You don’t need to have them stand out, they can be rather muted and still add some unique style to your outfit. Belts are also a fantastic way to add some street style to your dress if you like. Sunglasses, watches and bags will also help compliment your dress.
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