Monday, February 17, 2020

WEEKLY BLESSINGS



Continuing to count God's sweet blessings...

2710. Sweet valentines from my husband.


2711. A relaxing weekend at home.

2712. Sunday lunch with my family, only missing a few.

2713. Windows open and fresh air blowing through.

2714. Birds chirping. Spring will soon arrive!

It's your turn! Share something you are praising God for. I would love to rejoice with you.






Friday, February 14, 2020

Health Appointments You Need To Schedule Today

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At the start of the year, you vow to be a new you, a healthier you. However, have you considered that you need to do more than just up your workouts and change your eating? You have a whole body to look after, it’s not just the number on the scales or the dinner on your plate. You have a body to look after in 2020, and there are healthy appointments that you need to schedule today that will change the way you live. 
A yearly MOT is so important for you to be able to live well. Let’s take a look at a range of healthy appointments that you need to schedule today so that you can make sure that living well is at the top of your priority list.

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  1. 1. A dental check is one of the most important health appointments that you will need to book this year. You want to go every six months at the very least to ensure your teeth and gums are in excellent shape. Protecting your teeth is important so that you can live a long life with your own teeth in your head.
  2. 2. Your skin is the next thing to consider. Your dermatology appointment is the next one you need to book. Dry skin can be raw and painful, and if you are dealing with scaly, flaky or dried out skin, then you need to see someone who can fix it for you. Freckles and moles that pop up or start to change also need looking at, and you should have your dermatologist continue to look at moles for any subtle changes that you may not recognize.
  3. 3. Speak to an audiologist about your ears. Listen Lively is a good place to book in with to get your hearing looked into. Life is loud and busy and you need to get yours checked. Mostly, we get our hearing checked in infancy and our elderly years, but that doesn't mean that you can’t get it checked in the meantime. 
  4. 4. Book a smear test - or if you’re a guy, get your prostate checked. Your smear test could pick up the early changes that mean cervical cancer. Don’t skimp on these appointments. They could save your life! It’s three minutes of embarrassment for a potentially life-saving treatment.
  5. 5. Have you ever been to a therapist? It’s just a chat, but it’s a chat that could help you to unlock your stress. We live in a time where mental health is in the spotlight, but if you’re not taking care of yours, there’s no point! So, let’s get you booked in with a therapist today and you can have that long-awaited chat! There will be a mental health checkup that will matter to you and it will be something to help you with your mood, anxiety and how you overcome any barriers in your life. Don't struggle with low mood and upset if you don't have to!
Look after your health with these appointments and your 2020 will turn out to be the healthiest one yet.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Word Lovers, You’re In Luck

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How many words does the English language have? 
It’s hard to tell because languages are living tools that keep evolving. It’s fair to say that your ancestors didn’t use the same words as you, even though they would have described similar feelings and experiences at times. It’s because languages change and grow with us, people, and the way we use them. Nowadays, American English contains plenty of foreign words, ranging from Spanish to German as a result of our diverse ancestry. Who knows how many new words the future generations will be using. And that’s completely fine! The reference source, when it comes to the English language, is the Oxford dictionary, and it contains no less than 171,476 words in current use, plus another 47,000 obsolete words. 
So, that’s a lot of words! But most of us don’t use more than 3,000 in everyday conversations. Is there any way you could train yourself to use more? 

Boost your vocab
The first and most common reason why people don’t use more words is that we never need to boost your vocabulary. We can navigate most tasks and duties using only a few thousand words, which means that we are at risk of forgetting some more colorful or formal ones. There is no way around it; if you want to remember words, you need to use them. However, unless you work in a career where you can talk a lot, the best way for you to use words will be to read them. Reading is by far the best vocabulary exercise you can do. More importantly, it’s a lot of fun, and it’s a great way of giving known words a new twist. 
Use your words as often as you can 
If you love games, you probably enjoy playing crosswords or scrabble. Turning words into a fun play can help you remember more complicated ones and grow your active vocabulary. If you’re struggling to come up with an answer, take a look at this scrabble word generator for inspiration. After all, it takes time for your brain to get used to the shape of words and their meanings! 
You can make your beloved words go a little further by writing to friends and relatives. While it’s true that most of us would prefer a phone call, taking the time to write a letter can be a positive experience, both for you and the recipient. Letters are memorable because they’re rare. For the person who receives it, it’s a touching present. For you, it’s the perfect support to use your words. 
Talk, talk, talk
Ah, conversations! It’s an art to be someone people love to talk to. But being open-minded and engaging with what your interlocutor says helps to drive the conversation further. The more you talk with others, the more alive the language is. A sharp tool is a tool you know and understand how to use. And that’s precisely why chatting to friends does: It helps you to sharpen your vocabulary and language skills. Not only does it make you a better communicator, but it also makes you a better friend. 
Words exist to be used, cherished, loved, and shared. They convey ideas, emotions, and stories, and learning to use them to your advantage is an important skill to develop. 

Monday, February 10, 2020

WEEKLY BLESSINGS



Continuing to count God's sweet blessings...

2705. A couple days with temps above freezing.


2706. Friday night date with my husband.

2707. Watching my nephew play basketball.

2708. Sunday lunch at home with my husband and all my kids.

2709. Comfort from God when I’m hurting.

It's your turn! Share something you are praising God for. I would love to rejoice with you.






Friday, February 7, 2020

8 Ways to Ensure You Raise Happy and Positive Children

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Every parent wants their child to live a happy and fulfilling life. However, it’s not easy to help your
child achieve such a lifestyle without assisting them throughout their developmental years. The
foundations you set for them from an early age will no doubt have a huge impact on their
personality and attitude in the future, so what should you do to ensure their happiness and
success?

  1. Be happy yourself. If you’re not happy or positive, then your children won’t have a role model or example to follow.
  2. Stop trying to make your kids perfect. Expect flaws and failures, not a perfect child that can do no wrong.
  3. Less sheltering. Your child will eventually be exposed to something you don’t like or something that can be upsetting. Don’t shelter your kids from everything or else they’ll grow up without a broad understanding of the world.
  4. Encourage them to build relationships. Whether it’s making friends or connecting with family, healthy relationships will help your child stay positive.
  5. Teach them about optimism. Encouraging your child to always look on the bright side can help them stay positive even through challenging times.
  6. Explain what empathy is. Emotional intelligence can be incredibly important since it helps your child empathize with others.
  7. Give your kids more time to play. Children are happier when they have more time to play since it develops their creativity and social skills.

We’ve included an infographic below that offers a bit more advice on how to encourage positive behavior in children. Combined with our tips above, this should help you ensure that your child remains stays and positive throughout their entire lives.


Infographic: Regis College