Early retirement is an ambitious and worthwhile goal – and despite the doom and gloom in and around financial markets since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), early retirement is possible. All you need is a well thought out plan and some clearly defined action steps to set you on the road – and then it’s just a matter of following your course and staying focused until your goals are reached. Below are five steps to planning your early retirement – why not get started today? Be Clear About Your Goals Take some time to get very,...

(Photo credit) In today’s fast-paced world, it can be difficult to find the time for family activities, but doing so is important. While you may have a hectic work schedule or lifestyle, it is vital that you make time to connect and have fun with your children. Studies have suggested that family time can help to boost children’s self-esteem and improve their social development. As well as creating stronger family relationships. If you struggle to find time to spend with the kids, reserve a few hours a week for family time. If possible,...

link to image Gaming is one of the things that most of our kids just love to do. Children of all ages are now learning how to use handheld gaming devices and tablets. Whilst initially this raised a few eyebrows with parents, it has actually begun to gain positive comments. Tablets and apps have been introduced that not only allow your child to have fun, but also to learn at the same time. Becoming technology savvy is an essential part of our children’s futures. We might not always want them to spend hours on end playing games, but there...

Becoming a parent for the first time is utterly amazing. There is no experience like it, and it will change your life in countless ways. You’ll go from only having yourself to think about, to having another little person depending on you for constant love, care and support. It is a change that comes so naturally, but one that can also bring times of worry. Parent life doesn’t come cheap or easy. No matter how hard you save, or how prepared you might think you are, there will be unexpected outlays. New school books, a last minute school...

When you stare down at your newborn as they sleep, the whole world falls still and quiet. Those little moments where you can’t blink or look away record the sights and feelings you have for little one forever in your mind. They are impossible to describe and difficult to recall without welling up. Those are the moments you wish you could capture forever to share with the whole world, but your camera never seems to be handy! Some people like to take photos of their babies every day so they can see how they grow and change over the course...

For some women, pregnancy is the most wonderful time in life. Nine months of helping new life grow and come into the world. Being able to nurture and nourish your little bundle is so special. You and you alone can keep little one safe and warm and secure until they are ready to come into the world and see you for the first time. For other women it is nine months of pain and discomfort, hormonal torrents of emotional outbursts and sheer exhaustion twenty-four hours a day. Every pregnancy is different just like every baby is different. You...

Teeth are a vital part of the body and play an important role in our health and hygiene. As your kids are growing up their teeth are growing and developing too. This means that their teeth are at a pivotal point in their development that could determine their future state. Children’s bodies are fragile when they are growing, teeth included. For this reason, it’s important to look after them. You may find that you have a lot of trouble getting your kids to brush their teeth. Most children dread the thought of brushing their teeth. Most...

As a parent I consider myself extremely lucky. I know that I am fortunate to have the family that I do and I count my blessings every day. On the blog today I wanted to cover a little about those who have not yet fallen pregnant. I know that it can be a difficult subject to talk about. I also know that the medical profession has a whole host of treatment options out there. As scary as it can be, if you have been trying to get pregnant and have been unsuccessful after 12 months then make sure you see your doctor. There are often small underlying...

For children, Christmas can be one of the most magical times of the year, full of love, hope and imagination. But, for some parents, Christmas can be a worrying time. With presents and food to pay for and visiting relatives to keep occupied, the cost of a family Christmas can be rather high.   (Photo source) Although it is hard to take all the stress away from Christmas, planning a budget for your celebrations may help to relieve some of the stress. For some helpful tips on how you can cut the cost of Christmas, have a read of this.   Food...

There are so many things to remember when it come to prenatal health care, not to mention things to get ready for when the baby does arrives. Don’t let yourself get stressed. Focus on the key aspects of good health during pregnancy and ensure both you and your baby are healthy by the end of it, everything else is inconsequential. Image Source: TipTimeAdmin Nutritional Supplements You may be eating for two but the second person is pretty small at the moment, now is not the time to go on a nine-month binge. Your body only requires an extra...

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