Dealing with unruly (and unsightly!) cables kind of makes me want to pull my hair out.  It can be more than a little aggravating especially in a home office where there is a myriad of cables and cords to manage thanks to the electronic equipment that tends to be housed there.  Not only is it a challenge to keep track of which cord goes to what device when they’re all in a jumble, but having a bunch of adapters lying about can be hazardous and, let’s be honest, just plain ugly to see.  I am ecstatic that I finally got my home office cable management under control thanks to a few new organizational tools on the market as well as some of my go-to favorites.

My most favorite purchase for this project is definitely the Cablebox, which I picked up on a recent trip to The Container Store.  This neat little contraption serves as a storage device for the power strip I use to plug in my computer and the majority of its related equipment.   It’s made out of flame-retardent plastic that manages to stay cool to the touch despite all that I have plugged in inside of it.  This is a simple yet effective solution to the aforementioned hair-pulling-out mess of cables, adapters, and power strips just lying in a jumbled heap on the floor under my desk.  Cablebox also offers a smaller model with a built in power strip that just may be the solution I’ve been searching for to help with cord management on my bathroom counter.  I’ll keep you posted…

The second purchase I made from The Container Store for my new cable mamagement is another equally simple yet genius invention.  This weighted rubber piece keeps all of the cables up on my desk so that even when I unplug something, the cable doesn’t slip off the desk and fall to the floor.  I can’t tell you how many times this very scenario has played out and left me crouched under the desk trying to (quite unsuccessfully) snake the cord back up and somehow magically rest itself on the desktop so I can plug it back in.  Can we say FAIL?  Absolutely!  With the Cordies Desktop Cord Catch I now no longer have to worry about that particular problem.  I keep this handy little guy on the back of my desk behind my computer to keep all of my cords safely on top of my desk at all times.

I turned to a few items I like to keep on hand to aid in my updated cable management.  I’ve used and loved the Case Logic Cable Ties for years as a great reusable option for bundling cords.  I keep my extra extension cords and other cables bundled up with these easy to use velcro ties I buy at The Container Store.  I decided to use these cable ties in my home office to bundle extra lengths of cables in order to avoid having excessive cords just hanging about.  I also turned to my Post-it Super Sticky Label Pads for an easy labeling option.  The glue is not so strong that it leaves a residue on the cables, but the full adhesive pad means it sticks effectively to itself.  I chose to use bright yellow and orange labels for easy identification of cables.  These label pads are available at office supply stores.

Last, but certainly not least, there is no cable management in my house without the help of the ever trusty Command clips.  I keep a nice selection of sizes and types of these clips on hand and turn to them often for a variety of household uses.  I also very much enjoy the Command hooks line.  These safe-to-stick-almost-anywhere clips make cable management a breeze, especially when it comes to neatly affixing cords to the backs of furniture or along walls.  I used two of the Large Cord Clips along the back of my corner desk supporting leg to bundle and hide cables funneling down from my desktop.  I used the small Decorating Clips to keep single cables and cords affixed to a particular place along my desktop as well as the back of my desk. You can find Command hooks and clips at The Container Store, hardware stores, and office supply stores.

 

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The nursing homes in the United Kingdom reached its peak from the very beginning of the year 2002 up to the present time. These nursing homes are often referred to as care homes where elderly and sick people are taken care of. Because of the increasing figure of the nursing home care demand, there is also an increasing trend on nursing homes which offer their services. Now, out of those many service providers that exist presently, how would you pick the best choice for you?

This article would present to you the many aspects involved in picking the suitable health care provider for you. If you are interested, read on.

Get a care needs assessment.

You cannot let someone enter a nursing home without the proper assessment of a medical specialist. Of course, if the experts has advised you to be under a special care, then that’s the time a person can be given the sufficient health service. In addition to this, the professional assessment can give you the idea of what type of care and support are needed, which will help your relative choose a care home best suited to their needs. This might be residential care only, nursing care, or specialist care for dementia or a specific illness or disability. It can also make you aware of other care services available in your area that you might not have considered before.

Even if your relative plans to arrange, or pay for, a care home themselves (http://www.theoaksresidentialhome.co.uk/), a needs assessment is very important.

List the suitable care homes in the area.

As it has been mentioned, there are so many local health care service providers that can help you. List down the possible nursing homes and do a little bit of research about what services they offer and what are the customer’s feedback on the service provider. To find care homes in your relative’s area, enter his or her postcode in our Care services directory and there you will have a complete list of the registered care homes with comprehensive contact details and address.

Ask for recommendations.

If you knew someone who has experiences with these nursing homes, then you should ask them for further details about the services they provide. With these recommendations, you can picture out what the services and satisfaction would be like. If you have gathered sufficient information about the shortlisting, then you can easily scratch out those who are not qualified.

Visit the care homes.

Nothing is so good than to see the area of the care homes before signing a contract. Ocular inspection should be done to check whether it is suitable place and to see to it that your preference matches well with the care homes. In doing this step, make an appointment so that you will be able to discuss with the care home manager the things that you prefer and the different amenities and privileges you can get from them.

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We all know just how much family means to each other so having to watch someone grow old can be heart breaking. It is because of this that many are opting to look after their family member within their own home as the thought having to place them into a home being taken care of others is daunting. Having said that if you are in this position then take a read through this to get a few tips.

The first thing you need to consider is if your home is safe for the elderly. This may sound patronising however it is common knowledge that when we get older our body gets fragile and cannot complete even simple tasks that we may used to. Therefore it is important to make sure your house is safe for your family member by installing items such is locks on doors if your family member has dementia or stair-lift if their movement is impaired.

When we get older it can be a lot easier to develop illnesses and taking care of someone that is ill does not always work within a home due to issues such as sterility and medical applications that have to be done by trained staff. Though fear not if you still want to look after your family member there is professional help still available.

Keeping an elderly person active is always important, as they often seem to just clock out after the fact that they have little to do. Also it is important to show that they have friends and family and to interact with them as growing old can obviously be lonely. This could eventually lead to other conditions such as a depression and anxiety as opposed to keeping them healthy which is the goal.

Try make your home more…homely. Having to move in with a family member can difficult, especially when relinquishing that little control that they have left. To try and ease the transition try to surround your home with some of the items from their previous home and they may not feel so left out.

Try to accommodate for their condition. Living with a disability can be difficult and requires the help of those around us. Though we can make things easier by using the right equipment such as dementia clocks which help them to keep track and not get lost.

Its lovely to have a family that cares and that don’t stop when we get into our age. In fact we all hope the best out of our family and that they will take care of us. It is important for everyone to know that all is not lost, whether you are taken care of or being taken care of.

 

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Every day a new concept is developed and brings out something new from the existing products to make it more interesting. Home decoration is one such field where you can make a hundreds of changes and alterations that will help you in making your house look like never before. Vertical gardens are one of the best examples that are gaining a lot of popularity among the people today. You will surely like the concept very much when you see it in your home.

If you have a garden in your house or some free space which can be converted to a garden then you should do it so that you can relax sometime in the fresh air and have a perfect place for you and your children to enjoy themselves. Gardens should be given equal importance as given to the homes. Decorating your gardens with Buddha sculptures will be very good for your home decoration and improvement. You can go with the traditional way of growing grass beds along with different varieties of flowers. There are recently new additions to the garden decorations and many people are unaware of it.

There are very good products like vertical gardens and sculptures that will look awesome when you use them in your garden. Vertical forms of garden is done with the help of the vertical stands and that is available in the stores near your house and also in the online world where you can get the required products. There are many other garden decoration items which are very much capable of providing you with a glamorous and very artistic look.

Similarly, if you go with the sculptures then you can surely add a lot of character and distinct look to your garden. You will be just amazed to see the different types of sculptures and other gardening products available in the market. They will surely attract a lot of eye balls if installed for the beautification of the outdoors. The Buddha sculptures and other decorating items can be added to your garden if you wish to have a change. They can be easily purchased with simple mouse clicks from the internet. However, they are built in different parts of the world but they certainly meet the global needs and make your garden and work look wonderful.

Acrylic mirror from Simply Plastics is a simple, but very effective way of giving information about potential dangers and as a garden decoration and provide a with a very cost effective way of reducing accidents and lowering any potential liability.

There are many other products that can add a lot of character and variety to your garden and to your home also. It’s all about being a little unique in the selection and different in looking. You can sure make a lot of difference in your decoration but for that you have to think in that fashion. Vertical gardens are a fresh and very interesting concept. However, don’t think that it will be very costly and might not meet your budget. Rather it is one of the most reasonably priced products especially for the purpose of home and garden decoration. Make your choice by doing some kind of research so that you don’t have to repent at a later stage.

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Create The Right Atmosphere

A party doesn’t have to be grand to feel special, it just need planning. The first thing that you have to do is set the tone right. By using comfortable cushions, or bean bags, providing bathrobes, slippers, and some hair bands to have their hair tied up, you’ll be able to give the spa feeling without having to take the party into an actual spa place.

Make Sure You Have All The Paraphernalia Complete And Ready

You know how pamper parties work, in fact you’ve probably already had one from Glo Pamper Manchester, your daughter and her friends will be expecting to do mani and pedi sessions, putting make up to each other, or doing facial treatments. So you have to prepare the nail polish, make ups and tools for the treatments for these to be enjoyed by the girls.

Encourage Everyone To Participate

A party won’t be a party if guests will just bow out of the activities that you’ve prepared for them. Let them enjoy each other’s company by letting them try all the activities by themselves. It doesn’t matter if the foundation one girl is applying on another is totally wrong for her skin tone or they’re using too much peppermint oil for the foot spa. Let them have fun, they’re probably playing anyway.

Don’t Forget About The Menu

Even if it’s a pamper party, which is meant to be all about pampering, it would hardly be a party without food to pamper their stomach. Prepare some finger food, home baked cookies, or some pasta that they can feast on when they’re done indulging in every girls guilty pleasure—pampering.

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Get Help From Other Relatives Or Family Members

It shouldn’t be called a family reunion if you were going to just take on all the work. Planning a reunion can be stressful but it will be easier if you let members of the clan participate and contribute some work early on. You can delegate tasks to each of them or ask for suggestions or whatever form of help they can offer.

Settle The Date And Stick To It

Since it’s a reunion which involves the entire kin with different schedules, make sure you plan really early so you can think of an ideal date that hopefully doesn’t coincide with any occasion within the family to set it. Then let the rest of the family know the date so they could have plenty of time to prepare and work around their schedule to clear that particular date. Since you planned early, everybody should be okay and stick with it.

Be Wise When It Comes To The Location

When we say wise, we don’t just mean cheap. It should be affordable, accessible, and remarkable. Make sure that the place can accommodate a lot of people, weather flexible, with good attractions that you guys can enjoy.

Don’t Forget To Book A Photobooth While You’re At It

The purpose of family reunions is to have fun, catch up with each other, and see relatives we don’t usually see on a regular basis due to a lot of factors, to bond and create memories. Therefore, with all of that going on, don’t you wanna make sure that such precious moments will be captured? So don’t forget to include booking a photobooth with OMG on your lists of must haves because everyone will surely love it.

Have A Workable Budget

Set a budget but be reasonable with it. We’re talking about a family reunion here, so expect to spend quite a sum but don’t use that as an excuse to splurge either. Just plan accordingly, estimate the expenses and add a little extra just in case.

 

 

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Most children’s games even in playgrounds involve the use of toys. In fact, children spend most of their time playing with their toys. And just like any environment or stuff which get into contact with the children, parents will always worry about the potential risks. And here are the safety concerns regarding children games using toys.

  1. Made from toxic materials – It is an established fact that some toys contain lead which is harmful not only to kids but to any human. Though it is hard to tell whether the toy has lead in or not, it is safer to ask experts like paediatricians to know which toys can they recommend for your child and new born. There are also plastics which are hazardous to children that government health authorities warn about. Some toys also contain fire deterrent which is also harmful to kids. It is better to avoid such toys even if it is just a rumour.
  2. Pesticides – Some toys have pesticides on them. Though pesticides can be removed through washing multiple times, children will often play with their toys as soon as you bought them. It is safer to simply choose toys without any pesticides.
  3. Sharp edges – There are toys with sharp edges that can cause cuts on the children. Experts recommend that the parents should touch the toys themselves to check for sharp edges before letting their kids play with the toys.
  4. Can be swallowed – Aside from their hands, children would use their mouth to explore the toys they have. The nightmare for parents is that their kids could accidentally swallow any toy which could be fatal. It is important to choose large toys and check if there are no small parts in them in order to avoid such an incident.
  5. Having said that if your child is playing in a playground there are markings for playground games which children can use to play, the only injury to worry about in this environment is a few cuts and bruises.
  6. Can be easily damaged – Children will do anything with their toys. This includes throwing or smashing the toys. Cheap toys will often break so it is better to check the durability of the toys to avoid making the children cry.
  7. Can break down into shrapnel – This is a major concern for parents. No matter how durable the toys are, they will break at some point when children play with them. Though it is hard to tell if broken pieces will turn into shrapnel, it is better to check right away once you hear something that breaks. This way, you can prevent any injuries to your kids. Some parents would often choose balls or soft objects which rarely breaks to avoid injuring their children.

If you want to check if toys are totally safe for your children, it is better to ask experts like pediatricians. And to avoid injuries, better watch your kids as they play or engage on playground sports.

 

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As a newly expecting parent you are probably terrified right now. There are so many things that you need to know and it isn’t exactly like we are taught lessons on how to be a parent. You are probably feeling overwhelmed with all the things you have to do so if you need some help here are a few tips to prepare for your precious new arrival.

Bedroom

When it comes to your new baby’s bedroom there are a few things that you probably are already aware of, like your baby definitely needs somewhere to sleep. What you might not be aware of is that within the first few months of your baby’s arrival in your home they definitely won’t be sleeping in that expensive crib you bought. You might want to invest in a moses basket so the baby can stay with you in your room.baby-bedroom

Everyday Essentials

Everyone regardless of being a parent or not knows that nappies are probably one of the most important new-parent essentials. What they do not realise is the magnitude of nappies that are actually needed. You will need to perfect the exercise with buying in bulk. Especially when it is not just nappies you will need but bottles, feeding equipment and much much more.baby-registry-essentials

Baby Proofing

As adults we forget how unsafe a home can actually be. There are sharp corners, objects that can break and of course drawers and cupboards hiding things that you definitely do not want your baby getting hold of. Baby proofing includes getting clips that prevent your child from opening any drawers or doors, guards for corners of tables and even baby gates to stop them from escaping all around your home. You can even take it one step further and replace the mirrors in your home with the use of acrylic mirror.corbis_rf_photo_of_baby_grabbing_knob

Clothes

Clothes are probably something you will be completely excited about. Buying lovely outfits for you new baby and picking each piece of clothing carefully. Truthfully though the novelty of baby clothing runs out and instead you will find yourself buying multiple pairs of the same items of clothing, after all babies are messy.916x478-EverydayEmergency

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Because Your Body Is Worn Out For The Most Part

You will feel sleep deprived and feel sore all over your body. This isn’t a simple lack of sleep when you pulled an all-nighter to finish an entire season of Desperate Housewives, when you are a new mum expect to miss sleep for months because your child is screaming for milk or a nappy change, etc. round the clock. You’ll feel sore too, whether it’s a normal delivery or via C-section. The swelling from the stiches you’d get from either takes some time to heal.

The Pressure To Be Perfect Is No Joke

The society assumes that every mother should be able to attend to her child, husband, and house while still looking like a model from a parenting magazine with ease. But the truth is that it’s impossible to do it all considering you’ve just given birth and you’re body needs to recover too. So when those kind of expectations are starting to get to you, don’t feel guilty to enjoy a little pamper party with your friends while you let your husband look after you baby during one of his day offs. Just visit http://www.glo-pamper.co.uk/.

You Have Zero Idea About What You’re Doing

You were living your own happy life for years and then the baby happens. Of course you don’t know what to do and you’re still feeling your way around this new chapter of your life. That kind of necessary adjustments can really be tiring not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well.

You Feel Ugly

When women get pregnant then give birth, their body goes through 360 degrees worth of changes. You will literally feel like you don’t look like you when you see yourself in the mirror. The weight gain, especially, is the most common reason why women feel ugly during pregnancy and even after childbirth. Though we know it’ll happen, seeing it yourself can still get you down. For that, a pamper party could at least relax your body for a while and may help accept the changes that comes with having a baby.

Breastfeeding Isn’t As Easy As You Thought

A lot of people think that breastfeeding should be a second nature to mothers. But actually, it’s harder than what society imagines. Baby not latching, painful feedings or lack of milk production are just some of the struggles that new mother could face with breastfeeding which can be frustrating. Not to mention the lack of facilities for breastfeeding.

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Preparing For Pregnancy

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Choosing Where to Have Your Baby
Probably the first decision you will need to make is whether to have your baby at home or in hospital.

There may be reasons why a hospital delivery would be best for you. For example:

  • You have a medical condition that means it is safest for your baby to be born in hospital, where there is appropriate care for you and your baby.
  • You may develop a condition in your pregnancy that means hospital delivery is best for you both. These conditions include: problems with blood pressure, pre-eclampsia, and gestational diabetes.
  • Some babies do not grow as well as we expect, if your baby is small, or there is evidence of fetal distress you may be advised to deliver in hospital.
  • Both you and your partner must be totally happy about you having your baby at home (There is no way I could have had my children at home, because Gary, my husband, blanched at the mere suggestion!)
  • If you need or request a caesarean section, you obviously will deliver in hospital.

Talk to your doctor and midwife if you want further advice before making this decision. In most areas if you initially book for a hospital birth, and everything goes well in your pregnancy, and you want to change your mind and deliver at home, you can change your mind. But it can also work the other way, and you may have decided home delivery is definitely for you, but either you or your baby require the more technical expertise available in hospital.

In many areas midwives you know will be available to deliver you. However this is not always the case, staffing levels and rotas may mean this is impossible. Rest assured midwives are all well trained, and if there is a gap in their knowledge they will be well supervised by others in the unit. Student midwives follow a rigorous training schedule, and are mentored throughout their training and once they are first qualified.

If you want to deliver in a pool, or have any other specific request ask your midwife about availability in your area. Some hospitals, for instance do not offer waterbirths, but will advise you to book at a nearby unit who have a “lagoon room”.

Think about your birth plan, write it and re-write it as necessary. You may not know what you want, you may be more certain about what you DON’T want. Midwives and others looking after you like it if you have written a plan, although lots of women feel they may appear “bossy”, it tells us where you’re coming from, and what you would like, IN THE IDEAL SITUATION. Remember- be flexible!

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