Cordless Blinds and Other Measures Will Keep Your Home Stylish and Safe for Your Toddler

For a long time, you took great pride in maintaining a stylish home or apartment. The pillows on your couch perfectly offset the color and texture of this sitting area. Your wall accessories reflected a modern perspective. Your coffee table was a rectangle with sharp corners and metal insets. Your floors are stone tile with textures that reflect the light in interesting ways.

Now you are pregnant and realize that your interior in its current state is not child friendly. There are all kinds of ways that your toddler can injure him/herself, and that concerns you. On the other hand, you want to maintain your stylish interior, remaining quite reluctant to turn it into a gathering place for pacifiers, baby toys and stuffed animals. Is it possible to baby-proof your home, while maintaining its fashionable appearance? It turns out that, for the most part, you can keep your home looking attractive and keep your toddler safe.

The first issue to address in maintaining safety for your little one is to install covers for your wall sockets. Often, new parents buy cloudy, plastic pieces that plug into the outlet. Though small, they look cheap and unattractive. Instead, you can install a face plate that looks quite similar to your current plate, but it requires you to slide the outlet cover to the side so you can plug in. This product is child resistant and unobtrusive in addition to the fact that you do not have to remove protectors each time you want to plug in an electric cord.

The second issue to address is window treatments. As a parentless couple you and your partner installed some very cool blinds on your windows. Your visitors always commented on how great the blinds looked in combination with the rest of your décor. You want to keep your cool blinds, but you also know that they can be hazardous to toddlers and young children who can get tangled in the cords while playing. The solution is to retrofit or buy new blinds with a cordless option. Some cordless blinds come with a wand providing remote control, while others simply require a tug on the bottom railing of the blinds to activate movement. Either way, your children and those of visitors will be protected from hazardous pull cords. Best of all, you can continue to cover your windows with stylish blinds.

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A third area that is important to address is the sharp corners on your coffee table and other furniture. As a grown adult, it is easy to forget that these corners are the height of a toddler’s head. If your child is just learning to walk and she falls against a sharp corner, you may have to take her to the hospital. So how do you avoid having to fasten cushiony guards around the corners and sharp edges and ruining the appearance of that cool coffee table? Unfortunately, you cannot do it. Instead, put the table in storage and, in its place, set some large, poufy cushions that are color coordinated with the room. Your toddler can fall against them without injury. You can sit on them or put your feet up on them, but you will have to be very careful if you decide to set your coffee on these cushions.

A final issue within this topic is how to keep your couch and other sitting furniture clean, especially if they are light in color. One answer is to cover the seat of the couch with a washable throw or covering. You can find a stylish fabric that will absorb baby body fluids and food and have it made into a fitted cover for the couch cushions or tailored to look stylish. If your baby has accidents on the couch, simply remove the cover and wash it.

Having a baby is a joyous part of life that should be celebrated, but it does not have to mean the end to your stylish interior.

Gifts for Tweens and Teens

Are you still looking for Christmas gifts for your tweens and teens? Here is my own list of suggestions that might be of help!

> Theme park tickets. Nothing beats adventure and adrenaline rush for these young lads and gals!

> Musical intruments. Check out the best guitar and the best bass to buy!

> Gadgets. Teach them to use gadgets responsibly.

> Travel adventure. Visiting new places togther would make wonderful memories.

> Journal. This would teach them to record their thoughts and their learnings.

Our Christmas Traditions

Christmas traditions are a great way for a family to bond and create memories together. But more than that, traditions present the perfect opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.

Children often associate Christmas with gift giving and the Christmas decors but what do these really mean? Why do we do these every Chrisrmas season? I am grateful that along with the kids, we discuss what these symbols stand for and learn that Christ is the true meaning and true reason we celebrate.

The book Adventure of Christmas by Lisa Whelchel has been a great help to our family. Every December, we read the book daily and discuss the different traditions that we do, how these traditions started and why they are important.

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We read the Bible story of Jesus birth to remind us how Jesus came and what we learn from his humble story. We also are reminded of how majestic Jesus really is but chose to be born on a manger.

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We read different Christmas stories together – enriching our hearts and enlightening our minds.

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We do Christmas activities together. A few years ago, we put up the Jesse Tree. We went to our neighbors to sing Christmas carols. We put up Christmas decors around the house together. This year, we plan to do a Nativity scene together.

We love our Christmas traditions as they build memories and enrich our lives. What are your Christmas traditions?

Meaningful Gifts Don’t Always Come in Packages

The last month of the year is my favorite month, maybe because it is my birth month or maybe because we get lots of days off. But moreso, this month being Christmas, it gives me additional motivation to go the extra mile and be more loving, and be more giving to others.

I love giving presents to family and friends. When I was younger, I remember giving my family and  friends Christmas cards and gifts just to let them know that I appreciate them. But due to financial constraints, I find myself not being able to do this anymore as much as I want to. But through the years, I eventually  realized though that gifts doesn’t need to be expensive and they don’t always need to come in packages.

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Here are some of the gifts you can share with your loved ones this special month of December.

Say a prayer. Amidst all the busyness and the shopping, spending a few minutes in prayer for that person might not be tangible but can be more fruitful than sending him packages.

Write a letter. Technology has killed letter writing via the old-fashioned way, but I believe that nothing conveys one’s thoughts and feelings better than reading a hand-written letter.

Connect with your family and friends. Visit them and let them know that they are important by spending time with them.

Offer to do something for them. Do chores for them like driving them, cleaning the room and helping them with routine work.

Do you have any other ideas? I would love to hear your suggestions.

Family Holiday Destinations

Are you and your family planning a beach holiday but do not know yet where to go? You do not have to go far away to enjoy your family quality time. In Philippines or Southeast Asia, we have so many wonderful destinations, especially beaches and islands! I personally find it better to spend less hour traveling and have more time at the destination. Another positive of staying in the country and Southeast Asia is you do not need to spend time requesting for visas.

Langkawi Island – Malaysia

Enjoy relaxing on the beach and doing many activities. Popular activity here is, suggested by Touropia, to take a cable car and ride up to Gungung Mat Chinchang, then go walk across the Sky Bridge. From the bridge, you will be amazed with the amazing view. Your kids will surely love the indoor aquarium at Underwater World, snake charmers, and riding the elephants.

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Bali Island – Indonesia

So many activities here! Beautiful beaches, surf schools for children and many attractions. Waterbom Park, Ubud Sacred Monkey Forrest, and Mount Batur Volcano, your kids and yourself will be very happy and satisfied. A plus of this Waterbom Park is that parents can drink cocktails from poolside cabana!

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Boracay Island – Philippines

Top beach attraction in our country and I would really love to have my second home here because it is a perfect place for holiday! Where we can just pop in easily and relax whenever we want. If you are planning to buy a holiday home on an island, you should consider some factors, which can highly influence and affect your beach property. Click here to see what those factors are. Imagine the idea of having a holiday and quality time with your loved ones more often in your own home!

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Railey Peninsula – Thailand

Very isolated from the mainland. This place is totally a place for just relaxation and get out of city life. You can drink cocktails, watch sunset while the kids are enjoying swimming, rock climbing, and so on! Or spend a day walking and discovering nature on an island. You will find a very cool twisted rocks inside the jungle. This place is great for relaxation and rock climbing.

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Koh Rong – Cambodia

Beautiful and quiet islands, another perfect place to escape the daily city life. Enjoy traditional stay with local. You and your children can enjoy relaxing on the beach, snorkeling, fishing, and adventure in the jungle. Everything is reachable by foot and boat here.  Find out more about this fantastic island here.

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