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A newborn baby entering the world is a beautiful thing, and always a cause for celebration. But for loved ones, it can also raise an often stressful question: what on earth should I buy as a present? If you’re here, you’ve most likely asked yourself this very question repeatedly over the last few days or weeks.

But don’t fear, for I have you covered with this handy list of gift ideas for newborn babies, covering all the bases with a wide range of helpful presents for both baby and parents.

So without further ado, let’s dive straight into my top five gifts for newborn babies!

1.  Clothing

If there’s one thing any baby can’t have enough of, it’s clothes. Without going into too much detail, we all know that as much comes out of a baby as goes in (and sometimes it seems like a lot more!) Constantly washing clothes can be exhausting, so the more they have to wear, the better. What’s great about baby clothes is that they don’t take up much storage space!

Onesies and pajamas are always a good choice, as are socks, hats and mittens. More extravagant options include a nice warm winter jacket, or maybe even a snowsuit! Shoes and booties are also a safe bet.

2.  Books

Research suggests that the sooner you start reading to your child, the more positive an impact it will have on their overall life. For this reason, many experts take an “It’s never too soon” approach, and recommend reading to your baby as soon as he or she is born!

Personalized books featuring popular characters like Peter Rabbit and others like the ones found here are great because they feature the child’s name on the cover and inside, making them a thoughtful gift to cherish for years to come as well as being educational.

3.  Toys

The other obvious gift for anyone under the age of ten (or in some cases, forty-five – mentioning no names!) is toys. The possibilities are endless here, from cuddly teddy bears and balls to rattles and teething rings. Use your common sense, and stay away with anything with potential choking hazards or sharp edges.

Depending on your budget, you can really level up in this category with a play mat or even a foldable playpen, which can often accommodate more than one infant – perfect for playdates!

4.  Necessities

In the excitement of bringing a child into the world and getting everything ready for their welcome into the family home, some small but very crucial items can often slip the mind. These things, while somewhat unglamorous, can often become the most appreciated gifts of all.

On the larger end of the scale, you have things such as a safety seat for the car, baby monitors and an infant bath tub. Smaller items include a night light, medicine spoons, nasal aspirator, nail clippers, thermometer, a sun shade for a car window and a soft-bristled hair brush.

Baby-proofing gear is something important that can easily be forgotten as it won’t be needed until around the four-month mark, but having it in advance will mean one less job that needs doing later.

5.  Something Creative

You know the old saying: it’s the thought that counts. You don’t always have to spend big bucks to give a great present to someone, and a lot of the time the most cherished gifts are the most unique, with the greatest amount of consideration behind them.

Personalized artwork or prints to hang on the wall will be a welcome addition to any nursery. If you’re a particularly creative person, you could create your own artwork, write a poem or song, or even knit your own clothes for the baby! The possibilities here are limited only by your own imagination, so follow your heart and go wild!

Tesla originator and CEO Elon Musk, well, not really the founder per se, but one of the most significant leaders to step into space and push the project forward, is known for his various antics.

But did you know that Elon Musk is also famous for the companywide messages that he sends?

He is not necessarily a keyboard warrior or a desk jockey but he does send effective emails.

There is quite a bit to learn from his mass communications that he sends out regularly. What can you learn from his emails?

How can you integrate some of his style in your writing and general messaging? Here is what you need to know about Mr. Elon Musk and his various emails.

Elon Musk and Effective Statements

The latest statements include requesting that staff work more earnestly for the organization to convey an agreeable number of vehicles in the last quarter of 2021. These messages from Musk usually are sent towards the year’s end to propel representatives to work more diligently and meet production targets. 

While he wants to ensure that people are working in a more peaceful environment, remember that Tesla moves fast and is disruptive. Still, it is essential to note that it must still have some form of stability.

A company wide email is usually sent to alert the employees or give them updates about anything new. Moreover, these updates are also transmitted so that the workers are well versed with any changes that need to be made. 

If you are a fast growing firm, innovative, and world leading automotive company like Tesla, there are quite a few updates to provide regularly.

An update from any CEO is usually enough to get the attention of everyone. But an update from this particular CEO, Elon Musk, will surely grab your attention. Why? Well, the reason why is because it will mean quite a bit to you.

Musk Focuses on People’s Problems and You Should Too

Musk sent this email because the worldwide chip scarcity has constrained the producer to convey vehicles for certain parts, guaranteeing that they will be introduced when accessible. He has recently expressed that the chip deficiency resembled a shortage of toilet paper that occurred during the lockdown for the pandemic. 

However, it is more regrettable, as it genuinely irritated the organization’s production network, constraining architects to concoct in-house options in contrast to rare parts. 

As indicated by Reuters, Musk’s email that he might have sent while working remotely, on Wednesday to all organization representatives, said that the end-of-quarter deliverable wave is uncommonly high this time, as we endured amazingly extreme deficiencies before this quarter. 

He likewise called attention to the fact that the producer had collected and conveyed a lot of vehicles with missing parts that should have been added later. 

Furthermore, he also emphasized that this was Tesla’s greatest ever conveyance push in the organization’s set of experiences.

Even though Tesla had figured out how to convey record quantities of vehicles between April and June, the maker is as yet smothered by the worldwide semiconductor shortage, provoking Elon Musk to say that the circumstance remained very serious for the automaker.

Whether you are sending out mass gmail messages to employees or potential prospects, remember to reach out to them where they are. You should make sure to make the messages context specific and focus on problems that you can solve for them.

I will not lie – working at home is…amazing. I say this as someone who considers themselves an introvert. The office place is just an area that I have no desire to be in. The loud noises, the office dramas, the toxic co-workers and the boss from hell can be a frustrating experience to endure.

For me, as an introvert, there is nothing better than to be able to make money at home by myself. But for stay at home moms, with kids I might add, the experience may very well not be too dissimilar.

In a hilarious and brilliant clip of a mother who once worked at an office and transitioned to stay at home and work, we discover that with children at home; work can be just as demanding if not MORE demanding.

The office desks from Furniture At Work clip was an excellent representation of the hassle that may come from working at home. And it is a bit disconcerting how the same mannerism that could be found in toddlers were also in grown adults.

However, what really stood out and what was so profound – and really emphasizes my point that working at home is great  – came down to the mother’s assertion that working at home and at an office is not too dissimilar, but what makes working at home better is that she was around much cuter workers; i.e. her children.

That was such a touching scene and illustrates that it may very well be a bit more trying to work at home as a stay at home mom with children – along with having to schedule your day and work with unruly kids – but you can’t put a price on being your own boss and being surrounded by people you love…even, if they are making work harder for you.

HFrom elegant affairs and a night out with the girls to office shindigs, the holidays are fast filling up with pre-holiday and holiday parties. While you’re no doubt looking forward to the festive season and all the fun that comes with it, the inevitable question is: What should I wear? JD Williams has a fabulous collection of party dresses which will suit every taste, style, and event.

Of course, you want to look as dapper as possible, but you also want to be comfortable in an outfit that both flatters and dazzles. When it comes to picking the perfect dress, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and choose the nearest party dress without really considering if it’s the right garb for the occasion.And while you may fancy specific silhouettes, it will be worth your while to consider an outfit that’s truly suited for the fete.

The key thing is to avoid looking out of place which whichever dress choice you decide to go with. So, here are a few tips that will ensure this season goes off with a bang.

The Office Party

Work parties may at times be a bit difficult to get right, especially the end year Christmas party. The trick is to strike a balance between maintaining a certain degree of professionalism while still looking stylish. Although it might be tempting to go with a sequin look, a more classic look would be more appropriate.

Keep the cleavage of the dress to a minimum. Go for a higher neckline. It will look flattering while giving you a professional look. If that seems like a bland choice, add a necklace. Consider where the hemline hits. You can go a bit higher than the “two inches above the knee” rule; however, be careful not to pick a very short dress. After all, you don’t want to have to worry about fixing your outfit while your manager is talking to you.

If your office party is going to have bright lights, it’s better to stay away from sheer fabrics. They may end up revealing more than you’d have liked.

The Family Gathering

There’s nothing as beautiful as celebrating with family. A relaxed style would be appropriate for such a setting. A dress that’s fuss-free will look stylish while allowing overindulgence. Swap your tottery pair of high heels for elegantflats.

When picking out a party dress for family gathering celebrations, consider familytraditions. If you’re not allowed to put on certain items, don’t. It will go along way in keeping the tone relaxed and happy.

If there’s a theme for the celebrations, stick to it. Find out if the event will be held indoors or outdoors. If it’s outdoors, you’ll want to check the weather lest you go with a short sleeveless dress when it’s really cold.

A Girl’s Night Out

Going out with your girls is the perfect opportunity to explore the season’s main trends and have a fashion-forward look. You can choose an opulent and embellished cocktail dress which will match well with kitten heels. A gorgeous sequin dress is a stellar choice for a girls’ night out. Also, you can don velvet in a variety of midnight shades for a Gothic appeal. Go heavy on your jewelry choice. And, highlight your look with berry-stained lips.

Have you been struggling with hard water in your home? The presence of minerals in your drinking water are often due to where you live and where you get your water from. Water that comes from porous rock (rather than volcanic rock) tends to be very hard.

Hard water is harmless when you drink it (there may even be health benefits from the minerals), but it can be expensive. Hard water causes limescale to form on kettles, water heaters, coolers, and other industrial equipment. Hard water also prevents soap from lathering. You may need a water softener to solve the problem.

A water softener is a unit that removes minerals from the water that comes through your pipes and out the faucets. Calcium and magnesium are minerals that harden your drinking water and become an issue. When you pour yourself a glass of water, the white and cloudy sediment that floats around in the glass may be due to the presence of those minerals.

A water softener uses a brine tank (where salt is stored) and a media tank, which contains honeycomb-shaped beads that filter your water. Calcium and magnesium stick to the beads instead of coming through your faucet. Eventually, these beads reach their capacity for filtering water and need to be regenerated, typically at night. A valve will trigger a backwash & drain cycle, followed by a brining stage that flushes all the minerals stuck to the beads. Next, a flush stage washes away both brine and any remaining minerals, preparing your water softener for another busy day of usage.

Now that you know what a water softener does, you need to know how to tell if you need a water softener in your home.

Some of the tell-tale signs that you have a hard water problem include:

  • Problems with your laundry, especially dinginess, stiffness, or dull colors.
  • Showers and baths that feel like they’re missing something. Next time, pay attention to whether or not you struggle to create a lather with soap. Soap that refuses or struggles to form is a sure sign of hard water.
  • Excessive limescale build up on appliances that use water, including appliances like your dishwasher or your water heater. You can even tell from your shower faucets. Limescale build up can shorten the lifespan of expensive appliances.
  • Difficulty cleaning dishes, showers, and bathtubs. Excess limescale is a challenge to scrub away. Even your dishes can be left with a filmy residue immediately after cleaning.

There are no health risks to hard water, but it can shorten the lifespan of your appliances, make cleaning a challenge, and leave your laundry wanting. A water softener can quickly set your problems straight, and you can click here to learn about your options when it comes to buying a water softener.

In North America, hard water is common in areas like Texas, Arizona, Utah, Kansas, and southern California, as well as the Canadian Prairies and parts of Ontario including the Grand River Valley (including Guelph and Waterloo Region). Water softeners are readily available from plumbing & HVAC companies. Call one in your area for a water softener.

Every year there many seniors suffer from trips and falls. What’s even worse is that, of those who fall, less than 50% of them will talk about it. This is very sad as falls and resulting hip fractures cause different injuries in seniors and many of those injuries can prove fatal.

It’s not just hip injuries, but there are cuts, fractures and traumatic brain injuries that may cause permanently damaging mental conditions like dementia. Some seniors get so afraid of certain activities because they may develop a fear of falling.

Trip Hazards in the House for the Elderly

There are many trip hazards in the house. They could be anything from a slippery floor, a shaky flight of stairs, naked or protected electrical wires, cords and cables. It’s no surprise that many of these hazards can be found in the home where you think you are safe.

This is why you have to be very careful of falls and start creating a home you can call safe. It all starts with the small things. You don’t have to aim for a complete tear down and then remodel. There are some small things that you can do to make your home safer for seniors living there.

Removing Any Trip Hazards

There are some household fixtures, commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms that can be the reason for a fall. One can suffer from back pain and injuries that lead to back pain if they fall. It can be even worse if that someone is a senior.

Carry out a brief examination of the bathrooms, hallways, kitchen and other areas of the house. Keep an eye out for slippery rugs, floorboards and loose carpets. Repair these things and tape them up. TripSafe.com.au can help you out with that, too. Prevent your beloved seniors from falling by doing your part.

Be Clutter-Free

Speaking of doing your part, you can start with spring cleaning and some tidying up, as well. It requires relatively little effort and makes your house free of any potential trip hazards. The stacks of old newspapers, antiques, out of place rugs, books, broken furniture and wood blocks lying around can become a serious hazard if you don’t clean it up.

So, do your part in cleaning up the house to make it safer for seniors as well as yourself.

Handrails and Grab Bars

If you know that your spirited seniors are free spirited, but don’t have the energy for it, it may prove to be a problem. If they can’t walk without support, then that’s what you need. Luckily, grab bars and hand rails, that are sturdily built, will solve this problem. Whether it’s a flight of stairs, a slippery bathroom or kitchen or even a hallway, installing this type of safety equipment can allow seniors the safety they need.

They can come down the stairs slowly and with support, get in and out of the bathtub, or even catch themselves if no one’s around when they’re about to fall. This is something really positive.

Lots of people like to collect things, and this can be anything from trading cards, ornaments, antique silver, or jewellery. Silver is very common to collect as this semi-precious metal is a lot cheaper than gold and can look visually stunning. If you are looking to start or already have a collection of silver items and want to expand on this, here are some tips to help you grow your collection without spending too much of your hard-earned money.

Knowing The Current Price Of Silver

The price of silver changes every day just the same as oil and gold, so to be able to work out an estimate of the value of a silver item, you will need to know what the current price is for scrap silver. You can get the latest silver prices on many websites such as cnn.com, which are also regularly updated.

Know Where To Shop

There are many places where you can purchase antique silver, but you will pay more for certain types of establishments than others. For example, you will most likely end up paying a higher price in an antique store than you will on a market stall, although with some searching you can find some bargains.

An excellent place to pick up a bargain or two is a local antique fair, although you do need to be careful as some markets specialise in specific types of antiques so make sure that they offer what you want before visiting. Here you will find many full time and part time dealers that set up their stall and sell various antiques for sale. The beauty of purchasing at these types of places is that you can haggle over the price and bash out yourself a bargain.

Other excellent places to pick up bargains are car boot sales and flea markets. You will often find all sorts of bric-a-brac at these types of events, and there are usually some excellent bargains to be had. Just as with antique fairs, you can haggle over the price, and one of the benefits of purchasing from these types of places is that the sellers often do not know the real value of some of the items that they are selling. If you have a keen eye, you could end up getting a terrific bargain and walking away paying peanuts for something that is quite rare or valuable.

Shopping Online

You can also find many auction websites online that are good places for people to shop for antique silverware and other antique pieces. Sites such as eBay are a good place to start, and you also get to look at the seller’s reputation to help ensure that you are dealing with someone that is reputable. Many auction dealers also sell items on these types of websites, so sometimes the bargains are few and far between.

Be Careful When Making A Purchase

Before committing to a purchase, you should always know what it is that you are buying. If it is an antique you will want to try and find out the provenance of the item, and always ensure that you know whether it is sterling silver, or silver plated. If something seems to good to be true, it often is, so do not rush into any transaction, take your time and be prepared to walk away if the price is too high. With some digging around and travelling to various auctions and markets, you can find some excellent pieces to help grow your antique silver collection, without having to break the bank to do so.

Very few women leave the house without a handbag. Being natural planners, we tend to have a running checklist of things we might need during the course of the day. The staples, purse, phone, keys and so on. And then the other essentials: medicine, buy good beauty products on GoodBeautyProducts.com, notebook, diary, bottle of water, children’s snacks.

Quite frankly how men cope with just a pocket in their jeans is quite a mystery. A handbag is such an important part of the everyday, choosing a new one can be quite a challenge, especially finding one that suits all your criteria. But here are some general rules that should ease the process.

Choose a neutral colour

This might seem simple, but it comes from experience. Yes that turquoise/yellow/pink bag is beautiful and you are in love with it – but will it go with everything you own? Or will it be destined to live most of its life in a cupboard because it only goes with one outfit you wear once every 18 months.

Stick to muted or plain tones, black, grey, brown and so on. Paler colours are not really recommended unless you want it to look old and dirty pretty quickly.

You don’t have to curb your sense of style, just because you have a plain bag. There are plenty of clip on accessories available these days for handbags to give it a bit of live and creativity. But the important part of this is that they are removable if needed – in Buyviu.com UK you can find all you need to suit your very own style.

It doesn’t all have to be plain. A really vibrant and decorative inside looks great, especially when you get that fabulous flash of colour every time you open it.

Leather really is the best material out there

This is a tough one. Leather is fantastic for bags. It is durable, ages well, is flexible, smells lovely and can cope with the elements. It really is the best option.

However, with sustainable and responsible fashion being top of the list this year for fashion must haves, leather material bags don’t always sit well with this. You have a couple of choices. Look for companies that pride themselves on animal welfare and ethical production.

Or you look to companies who specialise in leather replacement products, for example vegan friendly producers. These specialists work extra hard to make their products have all the benefits of leather, without a single animal harmed along the way, so you can be sure of decent quality.

Opt for something with a little structure

While big squishy tote bags are great, you can almost guarantee you will never find anything in the bag again. Who wants to be stood emptying out their handbag in the rain while desperately trying to locate the car keys? Not many people I know.

Something with structure, and ideally a few specialised compartments, will make all the difference. They also just look smarter and more sophisticated, which makes them a little more versatile because they go equally well with jeans and flats as they do with smart office wear.

Remember what you are using it for

Falling in love with a completely impractical handbag is perfectly normal. But save yourself some aggravation and try to remember that the bag also has a purpose.

If you need to use the bag for work, and need to shove A4 folders in there, along with a laptop, charger, squished banana and a reusable bamboo coffee cup, then a pretty clutch just isn’t going to cut it.

So try and apply a little common sense in that regard. Or just buy two bags, one with your heart, and one with your head.

It is a brave decision to go on a solo vacation. As fun as going on a trip with your friends or family is, a solo trip has the potential to change you as a person. Not only can seeing the world on your own be an amazing experience, it can also improve your health and happiness. Here are some benefits of solo travel that might convince to book your next trip.

Travel can boost your immune system

Any travel, whether alone or with others is a boost to your health, including strengthening your immune system. When you travel, you are exposed to all sorts of new bacteria and your body will need to learn to adapt by creating more antibodies and defense mechanisms. Travel also reduces stress so your immune system doesn’t have to work hard at fighting stress hormones like cortisol.

You can relax as much as you want

When you travel solo you are in complete charge of your own itinerary. You can go where you want, when you want and spend as much time in any place that suits you. You can totally travel at your own pace, especially on a road trip in a rental car. Be as relaxed as possible by having one sure insurance, your inoculations up to date, and a basic first aid kit.

It will improve your social skills

You will need a good degree of self sufficiency when you travel alone but you will also need to be more socially and culturally aware than if you were with other people in a hotel where so much is organized and regimental. Solo vacations have been made easier and safer because you can travel with a smartphone or tablet, but there will be situations when technology will not help and you will need to engage with human beings. Embrace it and find fun in communicating in a different country with people who may not speak your language.

It improves brain health

Even though you are nice and relaxed, travel can still sharpen your mind. New experiences increase cognitive flexibility and traveling solo offers plenty of amazing opportunities for new experiences that affect all your senses. You’ll see wonderful new things, smells aromas that you’ve never imagined, and find connections with people of all sorts.

Plenty of time for introspection and reflection

There is nothing like time alone to help you gather your thoughts. Yes, you can do this anywhere but why not do it somewhere beautiful or interesting. Traveling solo means you have much fewer distractions too. You might well come across a stunning setting for a spot of meditation or yoga.

Everyone should take at least one solo trip in their lifetime. Whether you go to another state or another country, it should be one of your greatest memories when you look back on your life. Put it on your bucket list now!

Days Past

We take on more obligations as we get older. This may not have been the case when we were much younger. When growing up, all we might have had to deal with were chores from our parents and may have even gotten an allowance too. We may have been told to wash the dishes, do the laundry and mow the lawn and our homework too. Most of us dealt with a defined set of responsibilities and then we were able to go and play, we didn’t have any other care in the world. We took care of our chores as quickly as we possibly could and then went to go find some diversions or make up our own. Those days go by so fast.

Growing Older

But as we grow older we find that there is more to be done. We find that there is more expectations, expectations that bring with it more obligations. We get past high school and head off toward college, the second tier of academia. We find that there are more costs involved in our decisions, tuitions have to be paid for and the expectation is that we will succeed in school. We will make great grades because of costs incurred as well the fact that our future is on the line. Some of us may find that we have to go to work at a local food joint or mall to help stave off costs and earn our way through college, a process which helps us to understand the need for work and why it matters in our lives. While in college we enter into many different relationships. There are those that are social, school clubs, fraternities and other. Then those relationships which are more personal and intimate and others that are professional as well.

In each of the relationships that we enter into and each of the activities that we take on, we realize that there are expectations and responsibilities that are attached. We learn that we have to go to class on time or the professor may close the door and deduct points from our final grades, we learn that we have to go to work on time or we let down our co-workers and the end customer and that we have to work hard in school to make our parents proud. We might also realize that we have our own individual expectations. We expect to be at one destination or other in life and we know that we will only get there by taking on certain responsibilities and making certain decisions. Life may throw different stressors at us, different obstacles to overcome and yet we press on while learning more about how the world turns each day. We then graduate college and seek to start our careers and potentially get married.

Adulthood

We graduate college, polish up our resumes and land a job. Ideally, we have found a job in our intended careers but this may not always be the case for a variety of reasons. At times we may start with an entry-level role that is way off from where we started but we realize that everyone has to start somewhere. We take the setbacks with stride, vape a little, take a couple of deep breaths and keep hacking away. We progress on in life, we think to ourselves that we want a family life, so we go on a couple of dates, experience some squabbles, de-stress by vaping with our e-cigarettes, work out our issues and then get married.

We begin our family life, a life that comes with different expectations of its own. We have to tend our significant others, do our chores (while not getting paid for it) and make sure that we’re tending to our kids and doing what we can to create the best possible future for them. We might find that we rarely get time for breaks, that there is always something that needs to be done.

If we don’t pay attention we can take a significant amount of stress and burnout. To avoid falling into this state of lethargy and overall tiredness due to a lack of regular breaks time to de-stress make sure to figure out how to pace yourself.

The Pomodoro technique helps in time management as well as being able to catch yourself if you’ve gone down the rabbit hole of endless work. Take short breaks each day to de-stress how you see fit, whether that means taking a few short strolls while vaping each day or getting out of work mode and relaxing at a park nearby, take the time out.

You’ll be glad you did.