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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.

Swimming is perhaps one of the best ways to not only get in shape but is also a great way to help people recuperate after a severe injury. Water therapy has become one of the best forms of physical therapy for people who have been in an accident and are in need of rehabilitation.

Swimming is great for balancing out your mood, to help you shed more weight in helping to increase your creativity. So if you are keen on learning more about the benefits of swimming then get ready to “dive in” into this article as we will explore the many benefits of swimming.

Grab your swimwear and your trunks because this article will get you ready to go for a swim.

The Many Benefits Of Swimming

# 1 Balances Your Mood Out

Swimming is a great way to help balance out your mood. Swimming helps to release the happy, feel-good chemicals. This is because swimming requires you to exercise and to exercise has long been connected with boosting one’s overall mood. So if you need a quick pick me up, then swimming is a great way to turn that frown upside down.

# 2 – Lose Weight

It is no secret that many people in the west are obese. It isn’t even a secret. But swimming is a great way for you to start burning the extra fat.

Why? Because again swimming as fun as it is is also an exercise and by forcing your body to move through a medium that works against you are using your muscles more and toning your muscles.

Fat can quickly be burned by adding more muscles to your body; because muscles BURN FAT. So why not jump into a pool instead of going jogging because it will prove to be invaluable for the entirety of your body.

 

# 3 – Cardiovascular

Swimming will help to boost your cardiovascular health. Meaning your body will be able to pump blood much more efficiently and you have much more stamina.

# 4 – Boost Your Cognition

Much like exercise improves your mood it also is excellent for increasing your cognition. The many benefits of exercising can have a list all unto itself. But exerting is incredibly beneficial for your body as well as your mind.

So next time you want to get a bit more creative then go for a swim because it will help to greatly bolster your thinking and productivity.

Recently, I’ve gotten quite a few comments from readers and friends about smartphone monitoring. This practice, using a service to monitor your kid’s phone usage, has become increasingly popular over the years and with that popularity has come a slew of questions. So I’m gonna give a brief overview of some of the main ideas to be aware of when considering this type of service for your family. I’ll be talking specifically about TeenSafe, since it’s my personal favorite, but there will be plenty of general information here as well.

Why Use a Monitoring Service?

The reason these services exist in the first place is that technology has increased by leaps and bounds in the modern era. Those increases are really great for a lot of things, like keeping our kids connected with friends and helping them complete schoolwork. But along with those increases have come some negatives as well. The internet is full of explicit content that we don’t want our kids to encounter. It’s also rife with bullies who have the potential to inflict real psychological harm. Perhaps most worrying, the internet is often used by predators to locate victims. Monitoring a child’s phone usage helps you protect them from these dangers and more.

What You See When Using a Monitoring Service

Each monitoring service varies a bit on what they provide, but here’s what you get with TeenSafe, which I think has the most complete feature set of the bunch. One of the big tools you get after installing the service on your kid’s phone is the ability to read their text messages, even if they’ve been deleted. This message monitoring also works with apps like Kik and WhatsApp. You’ll also be able to check your child’s call logs to see who they’ve been talking to. Another big one is the service’s ability to monitor website usage, including bookmarks. And finally, you’ll be able to track the location of the phone and view a map of where it’s been.

How to Approach It With Your Kid 

The above list of features gives you a great way to keep track of your kid’s usage of technology in order to keep them safe from people or content that might do them harm. However, it’s important to remember that using this type of service isn’t a battle against your kid. Ideally, you’re working together with your child toward the same end goal. In order to encourage this type of collaborative approach toward phone safety, I’d recommend keeping a very open line of communication with your child. It’s important to let them know why you want to keep tabs on their phone usage, and what are the boundaries and norms for it. Establishing a level of two-way trust from the start will go a long way in helping to make a monitoring service effective.

Hopefully that was a helpful starter guide if you’ve been wondering about the use of phone monitoring to help protect your kid. For more information, I’d recommend going to the TeenSafe website for a full overview of the service. Until next time!

Dating coaches are here to make the dating game easier for you and help you to develop a healthy relationship. A lot of people wonder: “what is a dating coach?” They are dating experts in every aspect of the relationship process, similar to love coaches. If you think you are the only person afraid of internet dating, you are wrong. Most people are terrified. But once you get into the swing of things, there is nothing to be afraid of, and that’s the job of a dating coach, to hold your hand and guide you through the process so that you will be confident enough to go it alone when it comes to finding stunning Russian brides. If you feel that now is the right time for you to start dating, and you want to know how you can be successful, here are some great tips dating coaches can give to assist you.

A Great Profile

Online dating is more or less the same as offline dating; be it a short or a long-term relationship. If you don’t look presentable, don’t expect a woman to show any interest in you. Dating coaches will suggest that you take a nice picture that shows your full body. Make sure it’s a recent one because you don’t want to risk disappointing your date when you meet them face to face. According to the BBC, studies show that the majority of the content on your profile should be about you, but you should also write about what you want in a partner.

Don’t Send too Many Messages

So, you’ve been using dating apps for a while and seen someone you like, that’s great! But bombarding them with messages isn’t going to get them to like you any faster. Take your time. If you send a message and don’t get a response within 24 hours, send a message the following day just to make sure everything is ok with them. However, if you are not getting a response, it’s more than likely she is not interested.

Give Her Compliments

Now, there is no need to go over the top with this; however, Russian women take great pride in their appearance, and they appreciate it when other people notice. You can say something along the lines of, “The dress you have on really compliments you.”

Bring Flowers

If you do decide to get together with someone face to face, never turn up to a date with a Russian girl with your arms swinging! Buy a nice bunch of flowers and let her know that you bought them just for her.

Learn the Language

Russian is a very complex language, and if you can learn a few words before you go, that will really impress your potential girlfriend. You see, Russians are very proud of their culture, and they will expect you to take an interest in it. So make the effort to learn the basics, and drop a few words in here and there.

Be a Gentleman

This goes without saying really, but it is still important to mention. If you are having dinner, pull the chair back for your girlfriend, hold the door, wait until everyone has their food before you start eating, etc. Also, if you happen to go out for the day, make sure you carry any shopping bags that you acquire and offer to pay when there is a bill.

Be Friendly

No matter how nervous or shy you feel, or how much you feel as if you are stepping outside of your comfort zone, don’t let it stop you from being friendly. You should be as open and sociable with your possible girlfriend. The main reason why you are meeting her is so she can get to know you. It is not the time to be an introvert.

So, these are just some basic tips on how you can make a good impression on your Russian date and hopefully find love. To get more information, you can read other tips from experts or look through some Russian dating reviews from people that have been in a relationship with Russian ladies. However, there is always a lot more to learn when it comes to dating life because dating someone from another culture is never going to be easy. If you want to have a successful relationship with a Russian girl, you are going to have to make some sacrifices and learn about where she is from. The good news is that dating coaches can give you some great dating advice and help you improve your relationship skills and make sure that you are well prepared for that special day. So, if you are curious about the question if dating coaches are worth it? We hope this article has answered it.

As the capital city of England, London is often regarded as somewhere which is expensive and not the best place to visit when you are on a budget. However, this is not necessarily the case. 

In fact, London is home to a wide range of attractions which you can enjoy for free, with the optional choice to pay for any add-ons. If you are visiting London on a budget, it doesn’t have to be boring – here are 5 amazing things you can do there for free. 

  • Visit the Natural History Museum 

The Natural History Museum in South Kensington is home to one of the UK’s most complete dinosaurs, a rock as old as the Solar System itself and a 25-metre blue whale named Hope. 

Standard entry into the museum is free and open daily between 10am and 5.50pm, with last admission at 5.30pm. You can also pre-book in advance and purchase (for a reasonable fee) entry into exclusive special events and exhibitions

  • Recreate the iconic Abbey Road album cover

For any music lovers out there, this might need no explanation! Abbey Road, St John’s Wood, in North West London is home to one of the most famous recording studios in the world, as well as the zebra crossing featured on the Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover. 

Recreate the cover photo by walking across the Abbey Road zebra crossing with three friends. However, watch out for the motorists, as the road is still in operation. 

  • View the iconic skyline from Jin Bo Law Skybar

Though you might have to purchase a drink, you can take in the breathtaking views of London’s skyline for free from the Jin Bo Law skybar situated on the 14th floor of Dorsett Hotel, City

You will be able to see the historical St Botolph without Aldgate church, which was consecrated in 1739 and is the burial place of two Tudor rebels. There is also the sight of the iconic and contemporary 30 St Mary Axe, nicknamed The Gherkin. You will never get bored!

  • Take in contemporary art at the Tate Modern 

A short walk from the Dorsett Hotel, City and its skybar is the Tate Modern, housed in the former Bankside Power Station. Browse world-famous contemporary artworks from artists such as Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, Pollock, Warhol and Bourgeois. 

Entry to the main gallery is free, with a charge only for special events and exhibitions. The opening hours are 10:00 to 18:00 from Sunday to Thursday and 10:00 to 22:00 on Friday and Saturday. 

  • Explore Camden Market 

Open since 1974, Camden Market has over one thousand unique shops, stalls, bars and cafes for you to explore. This market is a diverse community of creative sellers, street food traders and independent stores in central London. 

Support independent businesses by indulging in some fantastic street food or treat yourself to a reclaimed vintage jacket. Alternatively, you can simply explore for free, taking in the diverse sights, smells and sounds of Camden Market. 

Now that you have been familiarised with numerous activities you can enjoy at your leisure in and around London for free, the only thing left to do is start exploring.

Writing is not everyone’s cup of tea, but millions of people worldwide have to engage in writing for some reason every day. Be it a student, a researcher, or a business analyst—they all have to produce some kinds of essays, papers, reports, and statements to communicate their ideas and fulfill academic and professional requirements. From early school grades to postgraduate studies and work, all life stages are connected with writing tasks in specific ways.

So, should the inevitability of writing make the process dull and discomforting? Not at all! Expert writers from WriteEssayForMe and Assignment Partner are sharing their tips on making writing more exciting and involving. Here is the list of top 10 apps that can add colors and emotions to any writing project. With these handy tools, you’re guaranteed to love writing, even if you hate it.

iCanWrite

It’s probably the best app to help people of any age make the writing process a fun game. The app has many versions suited to different ages and topics, allowing users to learn correct writing in an interactive, engaging way. You can create pictures and build sentences by dragging objects and words. What’s more, the tool gives you a chance to spot and correct your mistakes without looking stupid.

Grammarly

The most universal and deep-looking app for the improvement of any writing currently available online, Grammarly is the indisputable leader in the thoroughness of checks and a multitude of suggestions. This app covers multiple areas, including vocabulary choice, syntax, grammar and style, misspelled words, etc. You’ll never get into a linguistically awkward situation with such a trusted companion as it can be built into your browser, mailbox, and even smartphone. Besides, Grammarly provides plagiarism checks and whole-sentence rewrite suggestions for redundancy reduction, which is invaluable help for lazy writers.

Toontastic

Overall, Toontastic is not only about writing. It’s more about storytelling, which combines both visual and language components in a coherent whole. With this app, people of all ages can create exciting animated cartoons, repeat their narratives, use voice-over, etc. Thus, even if you hate writing, with Toontastic, you’ll take a completely different look at the process.

Sentence Builder

Specifically tailored for schoolchildren, Sentence Builder serves as a solid start for those struggling with English syntax. The app has been created with a simple, user-friendly interface to make the learning process fun. Besides, it was designed as a play with three complexity levels, adding the gamification element to learning. Users can opt for auto-correction as they compose sentences or choose the correction encouragement animation to independently work on their errors.

Drafts

In case you need some space to organize your creative thoughts, there couldn’t be a better place than Drafts. This app allows you to record thoughts quickly and save those ideas for later development in the text form. Its appealing interface and a handful of useful features make it a preferred choice of many people working with writing in this or that way.

Milanote

Most of us need some visual support in the process of writing, and that’s what Milanote can provide. It is a super-convenient app for the visual organization of ideas and research materials into neat visual boards. Once having such an appealing board at hand, you’ll never lose the critical points of your writing project, bringing it all down on paper.

Calmly Writer

Most writers are easily distracted and lose their ideas halfway because of a sudden pop-up ad or an email coming to their mailbox. To avoid such distractions and to concentrate on the writing process entirely, you can choose Calmly Writer. As the name of this app suggests, it was explicitly made for combating distractions in a way that boosts creativity and focus. Once you use Calmly Writer, you remain one on one with a serene blue interface having nothing redundant. What else would a writer need?

Popplet

Writing is often hard without visualization as it’s too easy to get off-topic and deviate from your initial intention without a visual roadmap. That’s where Popplet comes in handy, saving you the trouble of revisiting your notes and research findings. The app is marketed as the simplest way to visualize ideas, and thousands of happy users confirm that slogan. Indeed, it’s much easier to work on a text having all the relationships and arguments organized tidily in a single colored map in front of you.

Academized

Once you fall in despair and none of the apps we mentioned above helps, it’s high time to turn to professionals for assistance. By hiring Academized helpers, you can rest assured that any text will be flawlessly researched, perfectly written, and rigorously checked. The company hires only seasoned experts with years of practical experience so that clients can rest assured of having their orders handled by real professionals.

Hemingway

Just like Ernest Hemingway, the Hemingway Editor app has become world-famous for its care for correct English. Here, you can identify your text’s readability and spot phrases that can be improved to make your content look better. The app shows long and too long sentences, indicating which of them are hard to read. Another level of check involves analyzing phrases, aiming to reduce the number of redundant or awkward phrases to simplify your point. You can also check for the use of passive voice constructions, minimizing them to boost the text’s readability. Hemingway Editor checks the proper use of adverbs as well. Spellcheck is included, together with some handy options for highlighting the text’s parts in bold and italics, as bullet-point lists or numbered lists, and as a variety of subheadings.

With these tools at hand, you can achieve unprecedented heights in terms of writing expertise and skill. The founder of SharpEssay always points out that writing is a unique combination of skill and talent, and the power to boost both is now in your hands. Start early, try several apps to choose the one to your liking, look at writing from several perspectives, and the task of writing piece completion will never be a dread for you anymore.

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Let’s take stock of what we have achieved and look at the new and exciting ways to stay entertained during the lockdown.

Give it a go! Check out our list of fun and exciting new ways to have fun in your free time.

Learn How to Code

It’s not the first thing your mind probably jumps to when someone says “fun”, but coding creates all the computer software in the world and the way you learn coding can be applied to any other language in the world and any kind of site review.

So, whether it’s HTML or Malbolge, learning just one coding language is sure to occupy plenty of your time and leave you navigating your way around the internet in a whole new way.

Once you’ve mastered this addictive skill you could move on to an online game with coding in mind: Minecraft.

Minecraft played on Xbox or PS4 has had an upgrade – this 2009 game encourages the player to learn to code, to build the game as they go along: this can be multiplayer. In 2020 Minecraft is a cult game that looks the same in its old-school style layout but updated with lots more cool gameplay features.

Join The Pub Quiz

That sort of gaming not for you? Then let’s try an online pub quiz; some of these are actually held in pubs and run by pub landlords. Facebook is usually the place to find a quiz: most are free to join and some have prizes.

You can start your own pub quiz and here are a few questions and answers to get you started,

How many colours are there on the South African flag? Answer 6; or who wrote The Colour Purple? This famously iconic book was written by Alice Walker.

What about, how many countries are there in the world? The answer is 195. I didn’t know that! But this one is my all-time favourite – What is the most common colour of toilet paper in France? The answer is pink, who knew?

You get the idea, and if you’re super-clever, you could make up your own questions and become a pub quiz sensation.

Take up photography

So much of the world is changing every single day. Thinking about where we all were a year ago and now – it’s like we’re living on a different planet.

Capture the moments that mean something to you with your new hobby – photography! You don’t need a professional camera as the one on your iPhone will work perfectly.

Then go outside and find what interests you. It might be trees, animals or the urban jungle that makes up the city around you. With fewer people walking around, the world really is your oyster to go and explore with your photography. Upload the shots to Instagram or Pinterest and share your creativity.

Edit video professionally

Whether you already know how to edit video on a professional programme or not, diving into the world of graphics and film is one of the most distracting hobbies you could do right now. And who doesn’t need a little distraction every now and then?

Remember all those childhood movies you mum and dad took on their large video camera? All those shots of you with ice cream all over your face; or when you fell in the river with your clothes on? All these precious memories need not go to waste with an online course.

Enrolling onto an online course is the easiest it’s ever been as well if you haven’t tried to edit video professionally before. Just by logging onto your laptop, there are hundreds of courses available for you to find – everything from creating special effects from home to editing video for a film.

Don’t fancy all that why not do something relaxing?

Jigsaw like a demon

The rise of the popularity of the jigsaw has surprised many. No longer the sole domain of the older person. Jigsaws are hot property, with some unusual designs selling well on auction sites, and well-known retailers unable to re-stock fast enough. So why exactly has this happened?

Put the blame on the jigsaw clubs on Instagram and Facebook who have made this pastime cool and, in turn, the appeal has trickled down the generations.

Sharing photos of your completed or even incomplete puzzle has created a stir no-one would have expected. But that’s not the only reason.

Therapists say focusing on detail helps relaxation. The no-pressure environment with a creative payoff counters the effect of anxiety, giving a sense of control in an unpredictable world. Of course, this is only true if all the pieces are there! If you’re not into jigsaws, I have some other suggestions.

Take up painting

There are hours of fun tutorials on YouTube Everyone from Grayson Perry to David Hockney has taken turns on YouTube to try to teach one how to paint. Real painting with real paints is messy, I prefer the digital kind.

So, add some flair to those lines and angles with digital painting. By using a computer programme, you’ll be able to choose whatever colour and brush style you like. You can work your way through loads of scenes and portraits, either from your own imagination or from life.

Whatever you decide to do, tell people about it. Go online and show your talents, you never know where it may lead you.

 

Raising a family is an extremely difficult task to undertake. Not only do you need to work enough to support your family, but you also need to set aside time to spend time with your children, cook them meals, and aid in any school work they may have. With all this going on, you don’t want any distractions making your job as a parent even harder. Things like long commutes to work, high cost of living, and poor city infrastructure can really make your life as a parent difficult, so location plays a huge role in your ability to be an effective parent. That being said, there are a few cities where raising a family is as easy as possible. What are these amazing family-friendly cities? Here are the five best cities for families to move to.

Ann Arbor

Michigan probably isn’t the first state that comes to mind when thinking of desirable destinations for relocation, and even if it was Ann Arbor probably isn’t the first Michigan city you would think about relocating to. That being said, Ann Arbor actually has some amazing qualities that make the city the perfect location to raise a family in. First, Ann Arbor has some amazing school districts, a key element in raising children. Education is extremely important as it sets your children up for future success, so you want to ensure that your children are getting the best education available to them. In addition, the city has an extremely low crime rate, meaning that the possibility that your children will be victims of crime is extremely low. If you want your children to be safe and smart, Ann Arbor is the perfect city to reside in.

Minneapolis

Another great Mid-Western location to raise a family in is Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis meshes the best of both worlds when it comes to city life and rural life. Minneapolis has some great amenities and entertainment options, just like you would find in other major cities. However, Minneapolis doesn’t have the high cost of living associated with housing, food, and entertainment that other big cities have, making raising your children much easier. In addition, Minneapolis residents are extremely nice and polite. Many studies have shown that Minneapolis is among one of the friendliest and politest places in the entire country, making it a great place to raise children.

Fort Myers

One location that your kids will surely enjoy growing up in is Fort Myers, Florida. First, Fort Myers is extremely close to the beach, a fact that your children will surely enjoy. Your children will love going to the beach and enjoying Florida’s lovely weather, increasing their overall enjoyment and happiness. Fort Myers also has a rapidly growing economy, meaning that it is becoming a hot spot for young professionals looking to start their career. If you’re a young parent and are looking for a location that can both advance your career and allow you to effectively raise your child, then you should definitely consider looking for Fort Myers houses for sale.

San Jose

San Jose is often overshadowed by its close counterpart San Francisco, but San Jose has a lot to offer families that are raising children. The city’s biggest claim to fame is that its school districts prepare its students for high school among the nation’s best, setting their students up for great success as they prepare to go off to college. In addition, San Jose is located in California, a state who has gorgeous weather year-round. Having warm weather all year can make it much easier for you to get your kids outside and active, something that is extremely important when the nation is facing a childhood obesity crisis.

Washington D.C

You might think that raising a family in a major city Washington D.C will be hectic and volatile, but that isn’t always the case. Sure, the cost of living in Washington can be relatively high, and things like traffic can be an absolute back-breaker when you’re trying to balance work and childcare. That being said, D.C also offers a lot of positives to raising a family that offset these negatives. First, the job market is extremely large due to the size of the metropolitan area, meaning that your ability to find well-paying jobs won’t be limited like it might be in some smaller cities. In addition, you are raising your children around the nation’s capital, allowing them to be fully engrossed in America’s history and politics. There are so many educational advantages to growing up in the nation’s capital, which alone makes the idea of raising kids in the D.C area extremely promising.

Starting to feel like you can’t be fashionable and be a quarantine mom? Feel like every day is laundry day, and you’re still always out of options? There’s an easy way to fix it — treating yourself to the ultimate #momlife capsule wardrobe.

What is a capsule wardrobe?

You’ve probably seen capsule wardrobes all over YouTube, Pinterest, or Instagram. Capsule wardrobes have been all the rage for several years, even though the term was first used in the 1970s by London Boutique owner Susie Faux. Shoppers, designers, fashion outlets, and yes, even moms have swung the pendulum more toward minimalism and intentional buying in the last decade. The idea is to buy a limited number of high quality pieces that won’t wear out easily and won’t go out of style. The idea is to buy for your size, your style, and your body right now, so that things don’t hide in your closet. Don’t you wish you could do the same thing for your kids?

Imagine how great it might feel to declutter your wardrobe, pack up all those aspirational clothes, and have a fresh start in your closet of about 12 pieces that get some work done. More logical laundry, an easier time picking out outfits…I can see it now and it is a beautiful sight.

Pants

Ideally, your capsule wardrobe only needs one or two pairs of pants. We all know that #momlife is all about the leggings but don’t forget about joggers too. A good pair will be soft, durable, and have elastic in the right places. Joggers are fine for a grocery store trip or just a quick iced coffee run. Add in a favorite pair of jeans and the pants in your capsule wardrobe are covered!

Skirts & dresses

Putting on your favorite skirt or dress can really change your whole mood. A simple cotton or skirt, no matter the length, can be a great versatile addition to your capsule wardrobe. And a simple dress, like a sweet retro 90s slipdress that can be layered over or under anything? Yes, please!

Tops

Tops are where you get the most versatility out of your capsule wardrobe. Basic camisoles come highly recommended, especially in black or white. A button up, for those Zoom calls where you have to look the professional part, is essential too. The most fun part of a proper #momlife capsule wardrobe, though? Yes, it’s the t-shirts. Are you really a millennial mom if you don’t have several hilarious t-shirts? Pick out one, two, or even three t-shirts that let your personality shine. If you always wear your favorite mom shirt to your favorite take-out place? Then it becomes a signature.

Loungewear

The most important clothes you wear these days are around the house. So why not be exceptionally comfortable? Loungewear is so often forgotten when putting together a capsule wardrobe, but great clothes that you can also nap in should never be overlooked. Sure, no one new will see your sweet maxed out relaxin’ clothes unless you post selfies, but don’t you want to relax while looking and feeling great? Investing in some loungewear is a decision you won’t regret.

Still not sold on the capsule wardrobe concept? Check out these moms who are killing the game with their capsule wardrobes here and here. You’ve been homeschooling and working and basically being super mom, so you deserve to treat yourself. Happy shopping!

A tough decision in today’s time is choosing if you are going to buy or rent your house. There are many pros and cons for both sides, but below are the reasons why you should go for it and choose the buy option.

Mortgage Costs Don’t Fluctuate

When buying a home, you make the same payments over and over again until you pay off the house. Renting costs can increase and decrease at their own rates depending on the day. It is much more reassuring to know exactly how much you are going to owe instead of hoping you picked a good day to rent.

Freedom with Property

When you buy a house, you own the property with it, so you don’t have to worry about having to make sure whatever changes you want to make are ok with your landlord. You can paint, renovate, redecorate, and add on anything you want to your house when you buy it, instead of having little to no freedom when you rent.

You Can Make Money Off of Your Home

Condo renting versus owning can be a tough choice but think about it this way. You can rent out your condo to people commuting, vacationing, or touring through where your condo is located. It is the perfect way to make money, and you have total control over what you charge and who you let stay because it is ultimately your property.

You Can’t Get Kicked Out

Landlords can evict their renters if they decide to end the lease, sell their property, or rent out the property to someone else, leaving renters with unexpected homelessness. When you buy a house, the only person that can kick you out is yourself, if you choose to stop paying your mortgage randomly.

No More Having to Look for a New Place to Stay

When renting, once your lease is up, you have to either find a new place to live or try to renew your lease. With owning your house, you will not have to look for a new home every year, or however often, your rental is up. This also provides stability and being able to get used to your surroundings. Stronger friendships and connections can come from rooting yourself in one place for a more extended period of time

Proud Accomplishment

Being able to own a house is a massive step in the real adulting world. Owning a home is a big purchase, and can possibly be your biggest purchase. The sense of accomplishment can make you feel even more attached to and in love with your house, creating an everlasting bond. 

Benefit from Taxes

While it is true that owning a home can make taxes a little more difficult due to the itemizing process, you also get the tax perks of homeowning. You can possibly deduct all of your home mortgage interest, property taxes, or private mortgage insurance payments, all making your taxes a little bit cheaper than you would expect.