Needing To Block Out Tax Day

Tax day is a pain, and even more of a pain when you’re the one in charge of your own business. Trying to work out what you have to do and when can get very stressful, and we can put it off and off because of this, which can turn into a huge problem. So what can be done? Well, sometimes to deal with it effectively, we need to block out tax day to get down to the nitty gritty. Here’s a few tips and tricks for making sure you know what to do with your taxes.




When you’re self employed, usually you go through one of two avenues: working as a sole trader as a freelancer, or in a business you own yourself with other people. So we’ll focus on those two options for now.


When You’re A Freelancer


This is one part of the freelancing lifestyle that people don’t think about, or don’t realise is what makes working as a freelancer quite hard. The fact that you have to do your own taxes can often put quite a lot of people off, and makes the end of the financial year a dreaded phase.


Sometimes you’ll owe money if you don’t sign up to the right things, but there’s no shame in this. A lot of people don’t know what they’re doing and have lost a bit of money as a result. So here’s a few handy tips on controlling your taxes, not the other way round!


Use an accountant, or the advice of someone who really knows their taxes. There’s a lot to get to grips with, and it’s practically impossible to do it yourself when you’re up to the tax batting mark for the first time in your career. It may cost you a bit of money, but it means you won’t lose any money on your job or other investments otherwise.


Do plenty of research also. Knowing what you have to pay doesn’t come naturally, and it isn’t an innate biological process no matter how much it seems to be when you talk to an expert. Practice makes perfect after all, and you’ll be paying self employment tax like an employer would at a job that just hands out paychecks to you. Don’t be afraid to take a day, or a good few hours, to get to know everything you need to, and take plenty of notes!


Operating On Behalf Of Businesses


If you’re in a partnership, or part of a group who own a company that’s run from home, you may need to operate on behalf of the business when it comes to tax purposes. Maybe you drew the short straw, or maybe it was agreed you have the most responsibility; however, anyone can prepare a tax return or file on behalf of someone else.


Make sure your business has a tax ID, and that you as the operator also have an ID that lets you file a tax return. It’s good to double up as both an owner and a tax representative, as at the end of the year, you need to make sure you made all the right decisions. Any mislaid blame will therefore not be stuck on you if something goes wrong as a result of dealing with someone else.


You also know your own credentials and where exactly you excel and where you need the aid. If you need to, be sure to hire someone to act on your behalf, but know where the trusted sources are. There’s a lot of tax offices out there!


If You Need Help


There’s no shame in needing a little help with your business needs if you don’t quite have the hang of it. There’s a lot of financial and legal aid available to you if you don’t know where to start at all with your tax issues. Having a lawyer to resolve a wide array of complex tax issues on side is a complete godsend, and saves a lot of hair being ripped out over simple issues, like not knowing which items you have to pay VAT for and tax on import and exports for a small business.


It can be frustrating and even a little scary to file your own taxes, so this was just a little and by no means comprehensive guide to get you started. Don’t let yourself be alone in something like this as you won’t do yourself any favours, and as you become experienced, you can even help others!

Garden of Easy: Simpler Ways of Looking After Your Outdoor Space


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Looking after your garden is something that requires sustained effort, but many people simply don’t have all that much spare time on their hands these days. So, any ways that you can make this process would be much appreciated, right? Well, in this article, we will examine in more detail the ways in which you can make gardening an easier and more enjoyable activity.


The Right Plant for the Right Spot


You can save yourself a lot of hassle simply by planning out exactly where you put certain plants. Some of them require a lot more sunlight, so you will want to group together the ones that need this exposure. Others will need more water, so you should also plant these ones in the same spot so you can give them a healthy sprinkle all in one go. You may decide to position the high maintenance plants close to the house so you can get to them easier.


Containers and Raised Beds


If you are looking to bring some control back to your garden again, containers are a great way to do this. After all, you know exactly what is going into each container when it comes to soil and water and there is a lot less maintenance work involved. Alternatively, you could raise up the beds so that they are separate from their surroundings. This way, you can maintain the borders more easily.


Drip Irrigation and Time-Released Fertilizers


Adding a drip irrigation to your garden may seem like a high-tech solution, but it doesn’t have to be all that difficult to install and you can be certain that this is a very efficient way of keeping the garden well watered. Add a timer to this and you can save yourself a huge amount of effort in maintenance. Time-released fertilizers can be added to your containers so you can be confident that your plants are getting the nutrients that they require.


The Right Tools


It is going to be very difficult to be a master gardener if you don’t have the right tools. Power tools like chainsaws, strimmers, lawnmowers and leaf blowers can save you hours of time having to do all that work by hand – check out for some more info. As well as this, you can also invest in some ergonomic tools which can help to take the bending and lifting out of gardening. As well as saving you time, this can help to stop you from doing yourself any significant injuries.


Getting the Family Involved


Trying to do everything yourself in the garden can be pretty overwhelming, so enlisting the help of family members really makes a big difference. If you have young kids, teaching them some essential skills from an early age can really help them to develop a passion for this activity that stays with them and also helps you out significantly!


Taking care of your garden is something that doesn’t have to be extremely complicated and the previous five issues that we have just discussed are all ways that you can make it more straightforward.  

Top Tips on How to be a Happier Mom

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Most moms will agree that whilst raising children is the most special time of life it can also be the most demanding. Nurturing young children and watching them flourish into young adults is certainly the most rewarding of journeys however it can also take its tolls on moms. It is no secret that whilst mums are dedicated to their families and offer love and support in all necessary forms, there are many moments where moms can suffer from exhaustion, frustration and sometimes sadness. This is not something that is talked about enough sometimes between mothers, with the pressure being that we all have to balance the demands of being a mom with a big smile on our faces, seemingly always coping with the stresses and strains that it entails.


Of course children bring happiness, but the process of raising a family can have its emotional challenges too. Therefore today we want to talk about the small, but important things that we can do to deal with the stresses that come with the challenge of raising a family, in order to be the happiest versions of ourselves, for our families and for ourselves.


Ask For Help


This is something that we all struggle to do. Asking for help can sometimes feel like a weakness, almost as if it is a sign that we are not quite coping with the daily demands of looking after our children. However trying to do it all, is one sure fire way of burning ourselves out and there is no shame in reaching out to those around you for support and help. Whether that comes in the form of grandparents pitching in to help with that birthday party. Car pooling with other parents of your childrens schools, asking partners to be more involved in weekly chores or even getting the children to dig in more when it comes to the regular things that need to get down. Whatever it is, using those around you to help balance out all the many, many things that you need to get done will help make you feel much calmer and happier through the warmth of the support that you receive.


It’s OK To Be Stressed


This is an issue for some moms. To admit that you are stressed, can feel like waving a white flag that says ‘I’m not coping’. This however again is an unrealistic level of pressure that we put on ourselves to try and make it look like we find it all easy and everything is going swimmingly. We all have moments of feeling overwhelmed and that is completely natural. We need to be more open about it and talk to those around us in order to release pent up stress and to try and feel less irritable. We all know that talking through our emotions is sometimes all that is necessary in order to feel better. Having a good vent and not worrying about perception in an important way to take the pressure off and move forwards feeling lighter and in a better mood.


Go Back to Work


One of the best things that we can do to invest in our own happiness is to do something that will make us happy. Sometimes that is going back to work. Whether you crave social interaction with other adults, or whether you are looking for mental stimulation or perhaps you just want to feel empowered from having a different purpose in life. Whatever your reason, going back to work can be a fantastic way of focusing on yourself outside of the family dynamic.


Perhaps you previously worked in an industry that inspired you and you want to start getting the feelers out to re enter that sector. Or perhaps you fancy trying something completely different and want to train for a different career. Go online and check out the variety of courses available for different sectors. You may be pleasantly surprised by the diversity of courses and training programmes and how flexible they can be to revolve around your routine. Perhaps you might fancy looking into something like online clinical social work programs to get into the care sector or maybe you would like to attend a college that specialises in a specific area of business. Whatever you decide you will certainly not be without a wide range of options that will help and guide you back into your working life.


Sleep, Glorious Sleep


One sure fire way that we are not going to feel our best is by not getting enough sleep. Sleep deprivation is one of the biggest contributing factors to depression, anxiety and feelings of hopelessness. Therefore one of the kindest things that you can do for yourself is to make a good night’s sleep a priority. If we are tired we are less likely to want to do little things with our children or to do those important tasks that need ticking off our ‘to-do’ lists. When things start to slip, we then start to feel like we are failing or that somehow we are not doing well enough. That kind of anxiety keeps us awake at night. That then turns into a vicious circle, which could all be avoided by just prioritising getting enough decent shut-eye on a regular basis.


Re-Thinking Priorities


One way that you can ensure that you are feeling more positive is by reconsidering your priorities. Maybe you are not happy with the dynamics of your day to day life and you feel like you either spend most of your time in the supermarket or ferrying the children around. If that is the case then perhaps it is time to start mixing things up in a different way and planning your weekly routine from a different perspective.


Of course certain things need to be done, but perhaps there are different ways of going about them that will save you time or perhaps you are making hard work for yourself feeling that you need to do everything yourself. Perhaps you can pay someone, a couple of hours a week, to help you to get the house straight, so that you can have an afternoon or two to yourself. Perhaps instead of spending sunday nights getting through the mountain of ironing, you can delegate it to a professional service company so that your sunday evenings are freed up to spend with your family.


Whatever it is re prioritising is a great way to remind yourself of what is really important and also to remind yourself of your strengths and why you are doing such a great job of looking after your family.


Enjoy the Moment


We all hear the statement ‘Live in The Moment’ and often it is easier said than done. However as our children grow up so fast, there is never a more important time to live by this philosophy than when watching our children grow and develop. Therefore taking the time to just stand back and enjoy everything that you have and the family that you have around you is absolutely one of the most important ways that we can do to invest in our happiness.


Whilst we all know that it can be really hard, to always be worrying about everyone else and to be prioritising our children’s needs over our own, we must all ensure that we don’t forget ourselves in the process. That we find lovely things that we can do for ourselves in order to stay happy, to feel positive and in order to be able to enjoy this crazy and wonderful journey of being a mom.

Juggling Motherhood And Education – How To Make It Work For You

Being a mom doesn’t have to stop you from learning. While you’ll learn new things every day as a mother, you might find that you want to continue with other forms of education too. Whether you’re revisiting your education after a break to enjoy motherhood or you’re seeking opportunities that weren’t available to your before, it’s never too late to learn new things. If you’re concerned about managing motherhood and education, take a look at these top tips to help make it work for you.

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1. Make a plan

The best way to be able to juggle motherhood and education is to make a plan. Much like when you were at school, you’re going to need to work out a schedule to fit in the required hours around looking after your family and taking time for yourself as well. When you’re tied to classes on certain days and times, you’ll have limited flexibility and will need to be prepared in advance.


Getting your family on a schedule will be a big help to help you all stay on track. A wall planner that details who’s doing what and when will help you all to manage your time so that you can fit in your classes without missing anything important at home.

2. Do some pre-studying studying

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If you’re nervous about returning to education or are worried about fitting it all in, then a test-run could be what you need to build your confidence and help you get back into the swing of it. You don’t have to begin with anything too difficult, reading a textbook or doing some quizzes can help you settle back into learning habits you might have forgotten about and prepare you for returning to education.


Doing some preparation will help you work out if this is really the best way forward for you. It will help you to get into the habit of studying while managing your other responsibilities.

3. Get organized at home

Now that you’ll be dedicating some of your time towards your education, you’re going to need to get better at managing chores. There are some great life hacks for moms that can teach you some great tricks, but there’s a lot to be said for forward-planning and preparation to help you stay on top of things. Batch cooking meals on the weekends will save you time preparing food during the week, and you might need to get some extra help with other chores around the house.


Multi-tasking will be a new way of life for you, so think of ways you can manage the laundry, cleaning and other chores while studying to help you stay on top.


4. Get help with childcare

Managing childcare with your education can be difficult, but there may be some good options you can consider to make it easier. Getting friends or relatives to help you out could ease some of the pressure, or you might need to consider some paid childcare to help you out while you’re in class. There may be times that you’ll have no choice but to miss a class because of a lack of childcare, but having that discussion with your tutor in advance could help them be more understanding.


If concerns about childcare are holding you back from starting your education, you might want to think about taking evening classes instead so that your partner can take care of the family while you’re in class.

5. Try distance learning

The great thing about education today is that it’s flexible – perfect for those who want to study while juggling other commitments. Undertaking a distance learning course online can help you achieve qualifications and learn new skills while being able to do so at your own pace. There are some good examples of institutions that are perfect for mothers wanting to further their careers. Our Lady of The Lake College teaches online Bachelor of Nursing degrees for registered nurses which allow for flexible, effective learning. On their website, they ask – ‘what makes Our Lady of the Lake online RN-BSN Nursing unique?’ The answer is pretty simple – the combination of high-quality materials and supportive learning environment are two great reasons to study online.


You’ll be surprised at the volume of institutions that offer distance learning, covering a range of subjects that could help you to boost your career.

6. Be a good student

Unlike your school days where you seemingly had endless periods of free time, when juggling a family your free time can be in short supply. Rather than putting things off until the last minute, get ahead of the game and get your assignments and studying done early. Forming good habits from the very beginning will make it easier for you to manage your workload, and will give you time to ask questions and take things at a good pace – rather than feeling the pressure when it’s almost deadline time!


Remember if you’re struggling that most institutions will be understanding of your needs. Seek help at the earliest opportunity, and they might be able to offer you some flexibility with deadlines as well as give you extra help if needed.


7. Enjoy it!

While there is a lot of preparation to be done to ensure that you manage motherhood and studying successfully, it’s important that you enjoy it. Studying can be a great way to do something for yourself and shift your focus away from work or home pressures and just enjoy using your brain differently. If you weren’t the studying type in school, you can help yourself to love studying and make it something to look forward to. Whether you’re studying to better yourself or to progress in your career, there’s no reason why you can’t make it fun.

Juggling motherhood and education doesn’t have to be as difficult as it sounds. Women manage it every day, and the gains for your career can certainly be worth the short-term pain. There’s a lot of great advice out there for finding the balance between home life and a career, and there’s no good reason why you can’t have it all. It may be a rough road, but you’ll be glad you did it if it means creating a better future for yourself and your family.  

Tips For Preparing To Send Your Child Off To College



For most mothers, sending your son or daughter off to college fills you with the most amazing feeling of pride. But that doesn’t make it any less difficult and gut-wrenching. It’s great to see your child grow up and become their own person, but that won’t stop the worry and the tears that are sure to come if they haven’t already. You’re a mother, so it’s natural for you to worry. After all, you’ve been doing it for eighteen years. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t make the change a little easier for yourself and your child. Here are a few ways that you can do that:


Know Their Plans

The last thing you want is to think that your child has their whole life figured out and then have them come home from four years at college and say “What can I do with a psychology degree?” If your child has only chosen their degree because it seems interesting, and are planning to choose their career at a later date, it’s much better to know this now, so that you’re not worrying when they come home and don’t immediately jump into the world of work. It’s ridiculous to expect every eighteen year old on the planet to have their future planned from birth to death, so if they don’t know what they’re doing yet, then just give them time. If they know what they’re doing, then even better! You have one less thing to worry about now.


Ignore Any Nastiness

As hard as it is for your to see your child leaving home, I guarantee that its one hundred times harder for them. For this reason, most teenagers simply decide to push away their loved ones, to make it easier for themselves when they leave. You’ll find in the weeks and months leading up to your child leaving, they will start to become snappy and outburst at the smallest thing. Try not to take this too personally. All they’re doing is channeling their sadness and anxiety into anger. They don’t mean to do this, so don’t hold it against them.


Be Happy For Them

On the other hand, you child may be incredibly excited to head off on a new adventure, and might not be able to wait to leave. This might be incredibly hard for you, and you may come to silly conclusions, like they can’t wait to leave to get away from you, or that they hate you and they’re showing this side of themselves now that they can leave. This couldn’t be further from the truth; Your child really is just excited for a new chapter in their lives. All this means is that you’ve raised an incredibly independent and driven young man or woman, and not only should you be proud of yourself for this, but you should be happy for them too.


Be Prepared & Don’t Procrastinate

There are a lot of things you need to buy for your kids when they head off to college, and this list only gets longer and longer the more you think about it. There’s all their books and equipment, and endless things for their dorm room. You need to be prepared for this. Write a list of everything your child needs, and start buying things a couple of months before they have to leave. They will likely want to choose things for their dorm room themselves, but books and equipment you can easily grab for them. You may think that putting off this process will delay your child from going away, but it won’t, I’m afraid. All this is going to do is put extra stress on your child, because they have to rush around and buy lots of stuff, so don’t procrastinate.


Let Them Do the Talking

If you’re the parent of a particularly shy, anxious, or socially awkward teenager, drop-off day is likely to be a nightmare for you. You may feel the need to jump in and start introducing your child to new people, negotiating side’s of the room with their new roommate, or looking up part-time jobs or extracurricular activities they could sign up for. This is natural, as you have been doing this for them probably for their entire life, but now is the time to stop. You have to understand that, in a few hours, you’ll be back at home, and your child is going to have to do things for him or herself, so let them start now. It’s their college experience, not yours, so if they want to meet someone, have the left side of the room, or sign up for the college football team, they should be the one to do it, not you.


Don’t Get Judgy

Your child’s roommate could look like the biggest mess on the planet, but that doesn’t mean that you’re allowed to express this opinion. You may think that another student may be a better fit for your child, but you have to keep quiet, and not say anything to your son or daughter. As much as you might be uncomfortable with the idea, your child now has to live independently, which means that they have to form their own opinion of their roommate. It’s also not very nice to judge someone purely on their appearances. For all you know, the girl who you passed on the way in, wearing booty shorts and way too much fake tan, could be your doctor, or even president, in the future. Never judge a book by its cover, and even if you do, never share your judgments with your child.


Let Them Go

You can’t say goodbye to your child, and then text them to ask what they’re doing the second you get in the car to drive home (yes, some mothers do this). Your child is living independently, which means they need their independence. You can’t expect your child to text you back straight away, or immediately answer the phone when you call when they’re trying to live their own life. Let’s be honest; You don’t even do that when they text or call you. Let your son or daughter contact you, if and when they want to or need to. Together, you could agree on a day and time once a week for a Skype call, so that you know you’re going to get some contact from them.


You Can Keep An Eye

If you are really worried or missing them, there is nothing wrong with having a look through their social media accounts, as long as that’s all you’re doing. You should never comment on any of their posts, or post messages on their wall. Not only is this the opposite of giving them their own space, but it’s also pretty embarrassing, and they wouldn’t thank you for it. If they have any problems, avoid getting immediately involved, unless they’ve specifically asked you to. Wanting to handle a problem yourself shows maturity, and you should be proud of your child for that. However, there are instances where you should draw the line, such as when your child is in physical danger.


Preparing to send your child off to college is difficult and emotional, but it only gets worse once they’re there. It can be hard to find a balance between giving your child their own space, and completely leaving your child to fend for themselves. It certainly takes time, especially if you have always been a pretty involved parent, but don’t worry, it will get easier.

The Vital Steps & Support In Your Child’s Education

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Education is one of the many pillars of modern society which makes countries throughout the world into the powers they are today. By educating the people, governments can put more resources into developing technology and sciences, along with raising the intelligence of common people. Of course, though, despite having a good system, you also have to be ready to support your child through their life in school. To help you out with this, this post will be going through some of the best ways you can give them the time they need.


  • Before School


Your child’s time before they go into proper education is some of their most vital. During preschool, your kids will develop their basic social skills, making it much easier when they get to the proper stuff. Supporting them through this time should be nice and easy. But, you may face a little bit of a struggle when it comes to getting your child to go to their first lessons. To help with this, it could be worth sitting in on a session or two. Below, you can find some of the best sources for help when your kid is at preschool.


  • Doctors and other medical professionals.
  • Experts around the internet.
  • Your child’s preschool teachers and assistants.
  • Other, more experienced parents.


  • Their Time At School


Once they grow a little and start to find their feet, your child will be ready to go into school. This is the longest period of their education and will take them on a long journey of learning. At each stage, they will need your help with things like homework and exam revision. Along with this, though, they will also be going through a lot of emotional change and might need help in other areas, too.


  • Their teachers and school mentors.
  • Books, blogs, and advice on forums.
  • Events and socials dedicated to helping parents with teenagers.
  • A psychologist to help you understand each other.


  • University And College


Finally, as the last stage of their education, a lot of children will want to go to college or university. For a lot of people, this is the most important time during their education. They will learn to be an adult in their time at uni, and they will enjoy true freedom for the first time. Of course, though, they are still your child and might need some help along the way. For the most part, they will have to go it alone during their studies. But, you can always look for some ways to make it a little bit easier.


  • You are now their support and have to be there to help.
  • Online resources, especially ones which focus on adult kids.
  • The lecturers at their educational establishment.


Hopefully, this post will start to give you some inspiration when it comes to helping your child with their schooling journey. It will take many years before they are ready to get into the world of work and adult life. During this time, you have to be there for them, helping them at each stage. Of course, though, you don’t have to go it alone, as there are loads of places you can get some help, as well.

How to Create a Safer Working Environment


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Since work is a place where many of us spend so much of our lives, it makes sense that we should be taking steps to make sure it is as safe as possible. Whether you are an employer, a manager, an employee or you work from home, there are always things that you can do to improve things for you and others. Of course, there are no surefire ways to completely prevent accidents from happening, but there are plenty of things that you can do to make life better for yourself. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the best techniques that you can employ to create a safer and happier working environment.


Start By Assessing the Risks


The first thing that you want to do is to assess any risks that are around. These could be things like fluids that are being kept near electrical items all the way up to what is the policy in case of fire. Every workplace holds its own individual risks. If you are an employer, it is your duty to provide your workers with a safe working environment. If you are an employee, you don’t want to simply leave this to others; you want to make sure that everything is safe as it is your health that could be at risk.


Look at Policies and Responses


Once you have identified the threats that are out there, you can then start taking steps to reduce the risks. Everyone who works in that environment should be on the same page when it comes to policies and responses. Even if some of the events are unlikely to happen, it is still better to be prepared. After all, the last thing that you would want is for a disaster to strike and you simply don’t know what is the best way to respond to it.


Call in the Professionals


If you are not confident in conducting a risk assessment yourself, there will be health and safety professionals out there who can help you out to complete this. If you have already suffered from a health related issue in your workplace, you may need to find an asbestos mesothelioma attorney or law firm or other organisation that specialises in your particular injury or ailment. Getting some professional advice may be the best way to help prevent any future negative incidents in your current working environment.


Keep Your Working Environment Neat and Tidy


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One of the biggest causes of workplace injuries is simple trips and falls. You can significantly reduce the chances of these happening by keeping your working environment neat and tidy. Not only this, you can also position larger items so they are not too close together and people don’t have to squeeze through the middle or duck and dive to get around. Sometimes, it is the simple things which are the best when it comes to protecting your health and safety.


Get Contributions from Everyone about How to Create a Safer Environment


It is a good idea to get as many ideas as possible about the different ways that you can protect your health and the health of those around you. Getting different perspectives can help to create new policies which benefit people in the long-run. Even if you are an employee, it is a good idea to be mindful of the environment around you and to go to your boss with any issues that you think need raising. Open communication is something that is very important in any workplace, and this is certainly something that you should be looking to encourage if you are an employer.


Review Your Systems


As things change, new threats may arise and you may have to change your policies. It is always a good idea to have a review from time to time to keep on top of things. We have already talked about keeping the office neat and tidy, but it is also a good idea to do other simple things like making sure that there are fresh batteries in the fire alarm. After all, you don’t want to get caught out by something so simple but so potentially deadly.

Creating a safer working environment is something that you should be looking to do regardless of the working situation that you are in. After all, it is your health and wellbeing that is at stake and there is nothing more important than this. Hopefully, these points have given you some food for thought so you can take steps to make your workplace safer.  

No Diet Or Exercise? No Problem!

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Everyone wants to lose a pound or two. The problem is that moms don’t have the time to exercise. When we say that, people like to scoff and respond that it isn’t true. But, every mother knows that there aren’t enough hours in the day. What with taking the kids to school, picking them up, and making dinner, the hours fly by. So, how is a committed mom supposed to shed weight without exercise? Easy, and it starts by taking a look at the following.


Here are the weight loss tips that don’t involve working out.


Fat Burners


The idea of popping a pill won’t appeal to a lot of moms, and there is a good reason. Usually, fat burning or diet pills are harmful to the body and do more harm than good. There are alternatives which work, however. is a site dedicated to the HCG diet which gets results. Because it’s a naturally occurring hormone, the drops seek to stimulate growth. The hormone suppresses your appetite and you consume fewer calories as a result. For those who aren’t sure, try the review guide to diet pills.


Eat More


Surely eating more isn’t a viable way to lose weight? Well, yes and no. In truth, the portions are smaller and so the amount you eat is less. But, regarding the three basic meals a day rule, that is out of the window. Instead, you stretch three meals into five or six. How this works is two-fold. Firstly, it cuts out snacking, which is one of the worst ways to put on weight. Secondly, it tricks your brain into thinking you’re eating more. Therefore, the stomach will feel fuller and there’s no need to overeat.


Drink Water


Not only is water an essential liquid, but it’s a bloater. Moms hate that word because it makes them feel fat and unsexy. But, that is a good thing! By drinking lots of H2O, the stomach expands and fills with water. When this happens, eating a three-course meal isn’t high on your list of priorities. An excellent tip is to drink about a liter before a meal. This reduces your hunger pains and prevents you from going overboard.


Leave The Car


A car is a mom’s pride and joy. With one, a mother can tick off everything on the to-do list and more. It’s one of the reasons supermoms exist in the first place. The thought of leaving it on the drive, then, is sacrilege. However, there is a method to the madness. By walking more, the body will burn more calories. Okay, it might be exercise, but it isn’t the kind which induces a heart attack. Plus, walking is a low-intensity form of exercise and targets fat instead of carbs.


Avoid Stress


Cortisol is the hormone which leads to stress. Simply put, you want as little in your body as possible. That way, the tension won’t build and you won’t feel the need to stress eat. In a busy house, it isn’t an easy goal to achieve, but there are options. Taking an hour for yourself, for instance, is an excellent way to switch off.


Getting lots of sleep also allows moms to refresh and helps them tackle the day.

The Impact Of An Animal On Your Home

For a lot of people, the idea of living without an animal in their life is something not even worth considering. If you have pets from a young age, or just like to have some animal company, this part of life is very important to a lot of people. Of course, though, keeping another creature in your home doesn’t come without its costs. For some, the price you pay for your pet will be too great, but others won’t mind at all. So, to help you out with this, this post will be going through some of the common issues that an animal can bring to your home.



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  • Smells


Smell is one of your most powerful senses. Being the most closely tied to memory, the scents you smell can have a big impact on the way you feel. Your instincts tell you to avoid bad smells. But, of course, most animals bring plenty of little odors with them. Cat and dog breath solutions can help to solve this issue for you, at least in part. But, a lot of the smells your pets bring with them won’t be able to removed as easily. Instead, you’ll need to do some research and learning.


Most of the smells your pets produce can be limited with proper care and hygiene. For example, emptying your cat’s litter tray regularly will lessen the smell it produces. Along with this, though, you could also consider using air freshener to mask the smells your pet creates. For issues like farts or burps, you could also consider changing the food you give to your pet, as these will impact the smell produced.


  • Damage


Of course, smell is involuntary, and your pets can’t control the little odors they produce. Unlike smell, damage is something which your pet doesn’t have to cause. Instead, another aspect of their life will be forcing them to act out. Large pets, like dogs and some cats, are the worst for this sort of behaviour, as they can cause the most damage. Birds can also be very challenging, too, as they have the intelligence to trick you and do things behind your back.


Preventing the damage an animal is causing can be achieved through a variety of means. In some cases, you will be able to alter the lifestyle of your pet, removing their destructive tendencies. Usually, this will involve distracting them or using their time for other things. Along with this, though, you could also consider the idea of pet-proofing your home. By keeping things which can be ruined out of reach, you will limit the damage that can be done. In a lot of cases, causing damage to items could be putting your pet at risk. So, it’s well worth your time to sort this out.


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  • Mess/Dirt


With destruction, you will often also get a big mess. Along with this, most animals will come with a certain level of mess and dirt that they will inflict upon your home. Cats, for example, will often throw up or bring in animals from the outside. If pets aren’t trained to use the toilet correctly, they could cause a mess with their leavings, especially if they are having to deal with changing surroundings. Emotions, surroundings, and their lifestyle will all impact this area, and it’s worth looking for ways to limit the mess being made.


In most cases, you won’t be able to do much about the mess being made without taking something out of your pet’s life. This isn’t worth it, though, and you should look for an alternative to solve the issue. By setting aside enough time for cleaning each day, you will limit the impact this has on your home. Along with this, you could also consider looking for ways to make your pet’s life cleaner. This could be hard, though, as most animals come with at least a little bit of grime.


  • Some People Won’t Come In


In some homes, pets have been known to cause some serious social issues for the people you have to visit. Everyone feels differently about animals, with some people find them disgusting or scary, and others loving them to bits. Unfortunately, you won’t know about any issues your friends might have with your pet until they come to visit. So, it’s worth thinking very hard about the type of animal you choose if you want your home to be comfortable.


One of the most common issues you’ll find people having with animals is allergies. People can’t control this sort of problem, and the severity of their condition will vary from person to person. Cat and dog hair, for example, will make some people have itchy eyes and a runny nose. For others, though, too much time with animals like this could lead to serious health issues. To get around an issue like this, thorough cleaning should be done around the home before guests come to visit. Along with this, though, you could also consider keeping some anti-allergy tablets handy in case anyone has any symptoms bubbling up.


Of course, some people’s pet issues won’t be quite as easy as this to solve. A lot of people are afraid of animals like dogs, as they are very large, and can be violent if they don’t have the right upbringing. Along with this, a lot of people don’t like creepy crawlies, as these sort of animals can be very dangerous, as well. Keeping some distance between your visitors and the animals you keep will help with this. But, just to be careful, you should let people know that you have a pet before they come into your home.


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This post should give you all the help you need when it comes to deciding whether or not a pet is right for your home. Keeping an animal takes a lot of responsibility. Throughout their life, you will have to do a lot of work. As they grow and get older, you will learn new ways to handle your charge. Of course, though, it always helps to do plenty of research to make sure that you’re going down the right track.

How Helping Others Can Turn Into a Career Choice

Careers are fickle things. One moment you might want to become an astronaut, and the next moment you’ll want to become a doctor. At least, that’s what it used to be like when we were young. When we were starry-eyed and expected everything from the world, we could dream about the many career choices we had and we would even roleplay those careers as young children. However, as the reality of life starts to settle in, many of us understand that those are just dreams and there’s a very low chance of ever achieving them.


After coming to grips with that truth, we tend to settle for less. It’s not necessarily a bad thing either. Some of us realise that there are more things to life than chasing your dreams, and one of those things we pursue is the ability to inspire and help others. Maybe you’ve personally given up on your childhood dreams of becoming an athlete because it’s no longer physically possible, or maybe you understand the risks associated with space travel and no longer feel a passion for chasing the stars. There’s nothing wrong with setting more realistic expectations for life, and there are plenty of other ways to have a fulfilling career.


Helping people is one of those career choices that we can all take part in. After all, who doesn’t enjoy making someone else smile or teaching someone a new skill that they’ll use for the rest of their life? Being in a position where you can make others happy is fulfilling, satisfies your urges to do something good for the world and makes you feel like you have a place in the world. If you love helping people and want to turn it into a career, then read on to find out more.


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Teaching is one of the more straightforward ways to help others. Teaching usually requires a degree, but there are other opportunities such as private tutoring that can be done at your own pace. This makes it the perfect career to balance your life and work, and you can even take it up as a side job in addition to your existing career. This makes the transition to a full-time educator easy and in the event that you don’t find teaching to suit you anymore, you can always change.


A career as a teacher usually involves helping groups of individuals to learn something. It could be at a school, or it could be in a more professional setting. Occasionally, there are opportunities that will allow you to get involved with teaching without having to study for a degree. For instance, becoming a teaching assistant or getting involved with youth work could be good opportunities to experience what teaching is like before you invest further into the career. In some situations, it might be beneficial to work as a volunteer to see if you have a passion for teaching and education, or if you want to try something else.


Life as a teacher can be incredibly rewarding. You set the foundation for many people, be they young children or seniors that want to learn new skills, and you give them the power to see things differently. There aren’t many jobs in the world that can have such a huge impact on the lives of others, so if you’re dedicated to helping others, teaching may be your calling in life.


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Social Work


Social workers help individuals and families that need care, assistance or support. This could be anything from helping to pay the rent to dealing with abuse in the community. There are many situations that a social worker has to deal with on a regular basis, so it’s a challenging job that will constantly change. Sometimes, social workers may even work with offenders who are trying to reform themselves so they can fit back into the community without being an outcast.


It goes without saying that social work can be incredibly life-changing to the people who need it. If you want a job that is rewarding, challenging and involves helping people, then social work could be the career for you. Keep in mind that social work does require a degree and you’ll be involved in many activities such as assessing people, and you will need to travel quite often. There are two main types of degree that social workers concern themselves with: BSW and MSW. BSW is the basic degree that is good enough for entry-level social workers. On the other hand, MSW opens more doors and gives you more opportunities to advance your career in the future. To understand the many benefits of earning a MSW degree, it’s important to ask yourself what you want to achieve when it comes to social work. If helping others is good enough, then a BSW is fine. However, if you want to take on managerial roles and make an even bigger impact, then you’ll need to aim higher.


Social work can have a huge impact on not just the lives of the people you work with, but also your own. It’s the type of job that gives you a purpose in life and makes you feel like you are part of the local community. You’ll get to see what it’s like to live in a variety of different situations, and you will occasionally see and experience things that will shock you. However, it will open your eyes to the types of injustice and atrocities that people go through in their everyday lives. If you’re unsure about social work, then consider doing volunteer work before investing in a degree. It will give you a good idea of what social work is like and you’ll have a much better understanding of what it means to support those who need assistance.


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Careers in Charity


With so many natural disasters and poverty affecting the rest of the world, it’s easy to lose sight of how lucky we are to even have something as basic as running water. If you want to help people all across the world, then nothing is better than a career in charity work. But don’t worry—you don’t need to travel across the world just to help others in less fortunate situations.


A career in charity work could also be working at the office of a charity company. Most of these companies are non-profit organisations, but it doesn’t mean you have to work as a volunteer. You could be the one to create fundraising campaigns that will change the lives of people that are suffering in poverty, or you could be the one to raise awareness about a natural disaster happening in another place in the world. You could also be the one trying to influence government policy to change their opinion and support those who need help, or you could be the one to design a website for a charity organisation.


There are many ways to get involved with charity work and no matter what background you currently have, there are ways to repurpose your skills and use them in a manner that ultimately contributes to a charitable purpose. You could be great with computers, a skilled programmer, a famous designer, an experienced market researcher or even an innovative social media manager—no matter what you do, you can use those skills for charity and help hundreds or even thousands of people across the world.


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What Helping Others Entails


We’ve listed just a couple of examples of how you can make a career out of helping others, but let’s explain a couple more things before you ultimately decide to shift your career.


There’s always the possibility that you’re already directly helping others in your job. For instance, even if you work for a large technology corporation, you’re still empowering people with the ability to use the technology that you create. You might be using science to enrich the lives of others, you could be creating a video game that will put a smile on the faces of many children all over the world. These can also be considered helping others, but it’s different to getting directly involved with people.


Seeing the smiles on people’s faces and being able to talk to them about your work is fantastic. Receiving comments from people telling you how much they appreciate your help is also an incredible feeling that few careers can offer you. If you’ve decided to switch your career so that you can help others, then try to remember what it is that motivates you. Perhaps you were helped by a social worker in the past and you want to return the favour by assisting your local community, or perhaps you had a great teacher in the past that really taught you what life is like and you want to impart some of that wisdom onto the next generation. Whatever it is, never lose sight of what makes you happy in life and always strive to help others when they need it the most.