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Early Signs of ADHD in Children

How do you identify if your child has ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? What are the early signs of ADHD in children?Let’s discuss.

Signs of ADHD in Children

There are different symptoms of ADHD and if you closely monitor you can easily identify the signs. However these are common signs only. If you find such symptoms and suspect that your child is suffering with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) then you have to consult a doctor. Don’t worry. ADHD is treatable. There are ADHD Doctors for Children who are specially trained and well experienced.

What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is common in young children starting the average age of 7.However it can be identified through common symptoms and treatable if you get advice from specialized ADHD doctors.

Signs of ADHD in Children

Children suffer from ADHD usually shows behavior issues. Therefore most of the time they are left untreated because these children are labeled for their behaviour issues and not for the condition they suffer.

Below are some of the symptoms to identify such behavior issues that may be a sign to tell you about your child’s relation to ADHD.

Signs of ADHD

Below are the most common signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) .

Hyperactivity

It is common that children are active. However children with ADHD are always active and energetic. They will want to play continuously or engage in some task without getting tired until they are labeled for their over-activity.

They are Self-focused

 if your child is lack of social skills for his age then it can be a sign of ASHD. Usually children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are self-focused and for them it is difficult to take turns.

ADHD in Children

Lack of attention

This is one of the strongest signs of ADHD children. Those who suffer with ADHD are lack of concentration and focus. They even cannot complete a task they started. 

Difficulty in finishing a task

This can be due to the lack of focus. Children with ADHD are always with unfinished tasks. They are eager to start lot of things. It can be a new project, artwork,reading a book or organizing. However they fail to do the task until it finish. They start another new thing before finishing the current project or task.

Lack of organizing

Children suffer with ADHD are lack of organizing skills. They find it difficult to organize things in order. It can be a project or task they started; they fail to organize the activities in order in order to complete it. It also can be keeping his things in order. ADHD children find it difficult to organize.

Above are some of the common symptoms of ADHD in children. In case if you find these signs in your kid and if you suspect his or her behavior is unusual it is advised to consult a doctor. Be sure you are contacting one of the ADHD Doctors for Children in your local area.

SleepWiz Plushopedic™ Memory Fluff Pillow Review

Well, it is time for a pillow review. I hope this SleepWiz Plushopedic™ Memory Fluff Pillow Review will help you to decide on which pillow you should consider for a better sleep. That’s why I want to share my honest review as I know the importance of comfortable sleep without stiff neck next day. As a mom with busy lifestyle I know the pain of having stiff neck, lack of sleep and yet do the necessary things for the day. This is why I always love to choose comfortable and suitable bedding materials for our home.I know this step helps us to improve the sleep quality.

SleepWiz Plushopedic™ Memory Fluff Pillow Review

This Plushopedic™ Memory Fluff Pillow from SleepWiz is amazing and it could give me good, continues and comfortable sleep throughout the night. Therefore here is my experience simply because a pillow review will definitely help you to know the experiences of others who actually used.

What makes a good pillow?

Some pillows are so soft and don’t provide a good support for the neck. There are some pillows which change its shape after use of few days. Such pillows end up giving neck pain and stiff neck for the users together with other sleeping disorder symptoms. This is why it is important to choose a quality pillow for a continuous non disturbing sleep.

SleepWiz Plushopedic™ Memory Fluff Pillow Review
Plushopedic™ Memory Fluff Pillow from SleepWiz

What makes SleepWiz Plushopedic™ Memory Fluff Pillow Special?

Well, after using this Plushopedic™ Memory Fluff Pillow for few weeks I know it provide a comfortable sleep through the night. The pillow is soft and comfortable to sleep. However it doesn’t change the shape after the sleep. The comfort is same on the next day too.

So, what makes it so special? Below are some features of the SleepWiz Plushopedic™ Memory Fluff Pillow.

Features of SleepWiz Plushopedic™ Memory Fluff Pillow

 It adapts for all sleepers even you are a back-sleeper, side-sleepers or a combination-sleeper.

When you sleep it supports under your neck avoiding the possible pain. At the same time the memory fluff filling of the pillow will sink more to the centre of the pillow when you rest on it. This feature allows you to avoid neck pain and other possible sleep problems due to disturbed sleep.

Pillow Review
SleepWiz Plushopedic™ Memory Fluff Pillow

There is a super-breathable pillow protector comes with the Plushopedic™ Memory Fluff Pillow. This pillow protector not only protects the pillow but also allow the air to flow throughout the pillow.

SleepWiz Pillow Review
super-breathable pillow protector

There are durable memory fluffs to maintain the volume of the pillow for years. Due to this feature you will have a soft comfortable pillow for years.

SleepWiz Plushopedic™ Memory Fluff Pillow
Durable memory fluffs

SleepWiz Plushopedic™ Memory Fluff Pillow Review -Our actual experience

Well, after receiving this pillow for the review purpose I changed my existing pillow and shifted to the new pillow. I experienced all the above mentioned features of this Memory Fluff Pillow.

Yes it supports the neck and head very well. During the sleep it supports under the neck at the same time the memory fluff filling of the pillow will sink more to the centre of the pillow giving a good support for the head. As a result I could wake up on the next day without any neck pain. I don’t remember any day with poor sleep.

I used it for few weeks in order to experience how it works. So far I love this Plushopedic™ Memory Fluff Pillow from SleepWiz.

If you look for a new pillow or if it is time for you to change the pillow then check more details of this Plushopedic™ Memory Fluff Pillow by visiting SleepWiz.Currently it is offered in a discounted price!Grab the deal! 🙂

Do you have experienced stiff neck due to the pillow? Or do you have experienced poor sleep any day? Please share your thoughts as comments.

Disclaimer: This post is a collaboration with SleepWiz. I received the above pillow from them to facilitate this review.No monetary compensation received. All opinions are mine.

True Love And Growth In A Relationship

Do you want to grow your relationship towards happiness and contentment – here are some tips on doing so.

Growth In A Relationship

1. True relationships grow you from the inside out

Everyone remembers the Jerry Maguire line ‘You complete me.’ That’s cute and romantic, but enter into a relationship as a whole, interdependent person. Furthermore, that relationship is more about you completing or ‘loving’ the other person than it is about what you get in return. The Bible does say that two become one. In order to truly do that, you have to come together the right way. That means enjoying each other’s uniqueness, especially the quirks and difficulties that come with relationships.

2. Seeing and accepting your partner in truth

The problem with romanticism without true relationship is that the person you love easily becomes of a symbol of your expectations. You want to truly know your partner and accept him or her in truth. True love means you know and accept things about your partner that force you outside your comfort zone. You grow together in the relationship, learning that love has nothing to do with inward solitude and picture perfect idealism.

Growth In A Relationship

3. True love means partners learn from one another

A true partner helps to bring out the best in you, and that process isn’t always comfortable. It has its ups and downs, just like relationships do in general. True partners learn and grow together. Think of your partner as a mirror for a moment. That combination can help you contemplate how in every situation, you want to strive to become a better person. You want to do that because you love him or her. Difficult situations can leave you either pointing fingers or healing from the inside out.

4. Be comfortable and confident when alone

In a relationship, you want to spend as much time as possible with your partner. Yet there are going to be many times when you are by yourself, too. You must be comfortable and confident during those times; otherwise, you’re looking at a dependent relationship, not an interdependent relationship with two independent people. You’re never alone in Spirit. Time apart from your partner makes the time you have with him or her that much more special.

5. Fighting without resolve creates false togetherness

Arguments are going to happen. Yet it’s important to put love first so that they are rare, not blown out of proportion and are handled correctly. Think about how fights begin. Consider the fact that there are couples who fight constantly and make up afterward, only to keep some kind of selfish ideal of romanticism in place. This is really how fights begin because that type of couple isn’t learning and growing together. You want real intimacy, not drama and a romantic trance. The fearful fight, and taking the other approach mentioned will help you more easily come together with your partner. Here are some great tips from London Meditation Centre.

6. Be yourself, own yourself and love yourself

People often have a particular romantic idea of love and don’t comprehend what is truly coming their way. They tend to think more in terms of the ‘complete me’ metaphor. How can you give love if you don’t have love? Furthermore, you must love yourself, be yourself and own yourself. True love is possible under those circumstances.

7. Ordinariness is truth in a relationship

Do you picture a fairy tale marriage? Is your partner a superhero? Everyone tends to romanticize certain aspects of people, but the truth of the matter is we are all people, human beings. Ordinariness is right in front of our faces, and its nuances are lovely. Yet many people avoid coming face to face with ordinariness like it’s the plague. Embracing ordinariness is certainly part of love, truly enjoying the simple things in life. Isn’t that the juice of true intimacy?

8. Open your heart in love

Everyone wants to be happy and loved. Happiness and love come from within and are shared with others. You must open up your heart to someone. True love and true intimacy also mean that you continue to work on opening your heart wider over time. You want to be aware of where your heart lies. And when your heart is connected to God, it is connected to your partner, and it’s easy for both of you to see the good in each other.

9. Give love above all

People sometimes place a precedent on happiness based on feeling loved. Happiness comes from within and is tied to loving ourselves and loving others more. It’s difficult for some people to cut the umbilical cord here, but the positive outcome is that you love and are loved more deeply.

How to Prepare your Child for SSAT

If your child is preparing for the SSAT then you may have in need of advice and tips on how you can help your child to score more. It is important to know how to prepare your child for SSAT.

How to Prepare your Child for SSAT

Anyway helping your child or preparing your child for the SSAT doesn’t mean that you make him get stressed. If you do it right then your child can easily prepare for the SSAT without much struggle. How you can help your child? Here are some of the tips! These SSAT Prep tips will help you to guide your child towards the standardized test.

What Is the SSAT?

SSAT is the test that asses the students using standardized tests. Based on the SSAT score your child will be able to attend an independent school.

How to prepare for the SSAT

How to Prepare your Child for SSAT

When you prepare your child for the SSAT it is necessary to understand the nature of this standardized test. Many independent schools worldwide require the SSAT as part of their admission procedure.  Therefore it is necessary make sure that you as a parent understand the basics of this test before prepare your child. When you understand the basics and necessary tips then SSAT Prep is easier than you think.

Basically the SSAT or Secondary School Admission Test is offered in three levels. These levels are as below.

Elementary –For the students of   Grades 3 -4

Middle – for the students of Grades 5 -7

Upper – for the students of Grades 8 – 11

During the SSAT test your child will face to different tests that measure verbal, reading and quantitative skills.  

How to help your child to prepare for the SSAT?

Here are the few things that you can do in order to help your child to be successful at this test.Practice and interpret the SSAT test

It is important to practice more before the child take the test. When the students are well prepared with practice tests they are more confident on facing to it. It is also noticed that such students score more on the test than the others.

Read a lot and improve the vocabulary

Your child needs to practice necessary SSAT skills at home before taking the test. Verbal skills are one of such. In order to practice the reading and verbal skills, you can help your child to read more at home. When you read a book with your child it is also important to find the new words that help improving his vocabulary.

Get a good rest

This is the important step for your child to be successful in his SSAT prep before actually takes the test. Many parents too fail at this step. However it is important to help your child to have a balance between his test preparation and relaxing. Most importantly it is necessary your child get a plenty of sleep during the night before the test.

Get help from experts

In case if your child is weak for any of the skills and if you are unable to support him, then it is better to get the help of experts for such particular subjects. Make sure to assist your child to get SSAT prep help for such subjects as soon as possible when you understand the issue. This step will help your child to further improve his skills before the test. Nowadays there are even SSAT online help available if you search a bit.

Finally, it is your responsibility to help your child to choose his favourite school with necessary SSAT score. Therefore find the best way to prepare him for SSAT before the test and don’t wait till the last minute!

Jolly Jingle Christmas and Entertainment in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

It is almost the end of year 2019.We had a fabulous year with lot of milestones in our lives. This year we also traveled to few places including Batam and Bintan.It was another busy year. And now we are waiting to welcome the New Year 2020! In this year, our kid will go to school and it will be another busy year for us. But, we never forget to plan our time to spend as a family. We are just after a holiday in Sri Lanka.

Jolly Jingle Christmas Johor Bahru

Therefore there were no other plans during the year-end holidays other than having a short trip to nearby Johor Bahru. JB has become our most frequently visited destination per year as it is easy to travel, affordable and with shopping and dining options for the whole family. So, here are some of moments from our most recent trip to JB, Malaysia!

Jolly Jingle Christmas Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru City Centre was decorated for Christmas and New Year with the theme Jolly Jingle Christmas.It was the most entertained area for our kid just after entering to the country.

With the theme Jolly Jingle Christmas,there were few entertainment activities for kids including a meri go round,kiddie rides and events.The day we visited was the last day of celebrations.There was a Clown and Magic show was scheduled as the last day activity.Therefore kid watched the clown and magic show while surprising!

Clown & Magic Show

After having entertainment at City Centre we headed to Komtar JB for further shopping and dining options. Kid wanted to spend time on a Ride-on car and we were happy to join with him at the KidZon.

KidZon is located at KOMTAR JBCC and it is another place where kids can enjoy their time in Johor Bahru.

KidZon is located at KOMTAR JBCC

After all the activities,kid likes to visit Johor Bahru simply because of his Happy Meal treat from McDonald. 🙂 In each and every trip,we happily take him to the McDonald as he enjoys the meal and of course the toy for his collection.

McDonald-JB

We even see Christmas Decorations in Galleria Mall @Kotaraya.It was nicely decorated with Winter Wonderland theme.

Galleria-Mall-Kotaraya

After having a fun filled weekend,we returned back to Singapore.It was a well entertained day at nearby Johor Bahru,the closest neighbour of Singapore.Now it is time to prepare for the New Year!

How about you?How did you spend the Christmas?

I want to wish you all a Happy New Year 2020 with good health and happiness! Stay in touch with this blog.There will be more posts in the coming year too… 🙂

Why You Should Consider Parent Coaching If You Have a Child with ADHD

According to the statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are over 6 million children aged 2 to 17 with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the United States. This condition is characterized by difficulty or inability to sit still, listen, wait, pay attention, and follow directions honestly ADHD. It can be challenging for the kids who are suffering from this condition, but one longitudinal study revealed that it could also cause severe emotional struggle and stress to their parents. Caring for a child with ADHD can lead to reduced parenting satisfaction, the presence of more depressive symptoms, and more undesirable interactions with the child compared to parenting other children. Here are the early signs of ADHD in children in case if you don’t know.

Why You Should Consider Parent Coaching If You Have a Child with ADHD

Parenting is already challenging on its own, how much more if you have a child with ADHD. Instead of going through the journey alone, you should consider private parent coaching. A Western Australian study revealed the following benefits of ADHD parent coaching, which may prove that this intervention is what you need:

It Helps Improve Family Relationship

All the parents who participated in the research shared definite improvement in family relationships. Coaching helped parents gain a deeper understanding of ADHD-related behavior and how these behaviors manifest in their children.

Going through the process helped parents to fully realize that ADHD children are different than other kids, which means they should adapt and deal with them differently.  The intervention mainly helped parents develop a better appreciation of their ADHD children and learn healthy strategies to interact with them more positively.

Apart from the improvement in parent-child relationships, the study also showed marked improvement in ties between spouses and siblings because of coaching.

Why You Should Consider Parent Coaching If You Have a Child with ADHD

It Helps Empower Parents

Parents with ADHD children tend to question their parenting skills and blame themselves for how their kids behave. These feelings cause frustration and discouragement. Being packed by family and friends who have little or no understanding of the condition does not help as well.

A parenting coach helps parents in realizing that honestly, ADHD is a neurological disorder and not a product of parenting style. The sessions also offer parents opportunities for parents to open up about their insecurities and feelings about raising an ADHD child without fear of judgment. Parents in the study found confidence in their parenting style after going through parent coaching.

It Reduces the Level of Parental Stress

The results of the study exposed that proceeding with a parenting coach helps in significantly reducing parental stress. Having an expert that they can talk with about their daily struggles and difficulties and having a knowledgeable guide to assist them in the journey gave the parents a new perspective in life.

Note that one of the leading causes of parental stress is misguided expectations. As the parents go through coaching, they learned more about their children and their condition. They also acquire the essential skills needed to handle their children’s problematic behavior. When parents know what to expect and are confident in addressing challenges, parenting becomes less worrisome and more meaningful.

Seeking help from an experienced parenting coach at reputable organizations like Honestly ADHD Parenting Academy does not mean you are giving up or losing hope. On the contrary, you are ensuring that your ADHD-child receives the best parental care possible. By relying on a reputable parenting coach, you are helping yourself, and your entire family, cope with the many challenges brought by the condition effectively and more positively.

Preserved Flower Domes from Bloom Studio Singapore : A Perfect Gift Idea #Review

This is the perfect time to send and receive flowers. New Year 2020 is around the corner and festive cheers are everywhere. Have you decided on to whom you need to send flowers? Or have you received any flowers from your loved ones? Do you know that you can send preserved flowers in Singapore to make your loved ones surprised and happy?Then read this Bloom Studio preserved flowers review to know the details on how you can do it!After reading the Bloom Studio Singapore review,leave me a comment on your idea and experience with similar gift ideas.

Bloom Studio Singapore Review
Bloom Studio Singapore Review

It is the perfect time for me to receive flowers when I received these flowers from Bloom Studio Singapore. And do you know the secret? These are preserved flowers! Therefore these flowers can be last more years up to 3 years if I keep these in good condition. Isn’t it worth to receive such long lasting fresh flowers than a bouquet which lasts for a few days? This is why I want to share this review about preserved flowers from Bloom Studio Singapore!  If you look for sending preserved flowers in Singapore then this Bloom Studio review may help you to decide!

preserved flowers from Bloom Studio

What is Bloom Studio?

Bloom Studio is founded by a team of experienced florists with the desire of providing a quality service to make others happy. Their designs are modern yet affordable. After all they believe in quality of the work.

Review of the preserved flowers from Bloom Studio Singapore (my experience)

When I received this Olivia Flower dome from Bloom Studio Singapore, my first impression was a big ‘Wow’! Yes, these flowers are so pretty to receive. And these are well arranged inside the dome. It is perfect for any place at my home although I tried few different places including coffee table, a corner and a bedside table.

preserved flowers
Olivia flower dome from Bloom Studio Singapore

The flowers look so fresh with beautiful pastel colour shades. With the dome the flowers are safe from wind and heat. Even it looks really beautiful inside the dome. The beautiful preserved roses are paired with preserved hydrangea and dried & preserved foliage. After all it is a beautiful arrangement which is perfect as a gift!

When I check their website I found that these preserved flowers can be kept longer up to about 3 years as these are well preserved. However you have to keep it in a place where there is no heavy wind, heat or watery atmosphere.

My conclusion is that preserved flower domes are a great gift for anyone!If you don’t believe me then check these preserved flower domes for more design ideas.

preserved flowers from Bloom Studio Singapore
A close up of the beautiful roses inside the dome.These are real fresh flowers,but preserved.

Features of these preserved flowers from Bloom Studio Singapore

Below are some features of preserved flowers from Bloom Studio Singapore. These are the reasons to shop with them and these are the reasons why they stand out from other florists in Singapore.

preserved flowers from Bloom Studio Singapore
I opened the dome to see the flowers inside.

These preserved flowers are 100% real. These have gone a process of preservation in order to maintain the freshness and the shape.

During the preservation process they only use toxic free colours such as food colouring to make the preserved flowers and process environment friendly. Therefore these are risk free flowers to send and receive.

Free same day delivery for all purchases!

preserved flowers from Bloom Studio Singapore

These flowers do not need maintenance, but these last long.

Bloom Studio donates a percentage of their profits to local animal shelters as part of their responsibility to give back to the society.

preserved flowers

Above are the reasons to buy preserved flowers from Bloom Studio Singapore when you want to gift flowers to someone. Now, don’t think twice. Think of your loved ones who like to receive a dome of preserved flowers. Choose the flowers by visiting https://bloomstudiosg.com/ and place the order. You don’t have to pay for shipping as you enjoy Free same day delivery for all purchases!

Connect with them in Social Media for latest news and updates.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bloomstudiosingapore

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Happy Holidays and Happy New Year 2020!

Disclaimer: This post is a collaboration with bloomstudiosg.com . I received the flower dome from them to facilitate this review.No monetary compensation received. All opinions are mine.

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How To Create An Indoor Garden At Home

An indoor garden is a great way to grow fruits, herbs, vegetables and more all year-round. Indoor plants are popular due to many reasons such as; brightening up indoor spaces, easy to take care of, have mood-boosting qualities, and can be used in various indoor decor themes. 

How To Create An Indoor Garden At Home

If your home doesn’t have tons of square footage, it doesn’t mean you can’t exhibit the strength of your green thumb. In fact, indoor plants don’t need to take up much space and a windowsill will get you started. If you are interested in duplicating Mother Nature indoors, here’s a guide on how to create an indoor garden indoor.

In case you need any garden supplies, give Growace a try.

Getting started

Before we educate you on how to create a successful indoor garden at home, it would be wise to familiarize yourself with what you’re getting yourself into. Make the internet and books your best friend and learn about indoor gardening. Start with sunlight issues and select a room that can accommodate plenty of natural light. Besides, be informed that air conditioners and heating will affect the average temperature to a large degree. Determine how many degrees are perfect for most plants to thrive. Most importantly, if you have limited space, opt to hang baskets as a way of maximizing space to grow more plants.

How To Create An Indoor Garden At Home

1. Preparation

First things first, you should decide the style of indoor gardening based on your household preferences. The two general styles of gardening are;

  • · Container gardening – This is a common gardening style that uses containers with well-mixed soil. It is an ideal option for individuals looking forward to rearranging their plants or growing any type of plant and in any size
  • · Hydroponic gardening – A special type of indoor gardening that utilizes non-soil starter and fertilized water, arranged vertically. It’s a perfect choice for anyone willing to grow a variety of plants in a limited space

2. Find the right space

Creating a successful indoor garden depends heavily on the space you’re willing to set aside for your plants. It’s not the same if you only have a table, windowsill or an entire room at your disposal. The idea is to look for an area with a tile floor or linoleum or use tarps if you have them. Maximize your growing space by making shelves and avoid growing your plants in cold temperatures such as garage or attic which can kill them or slow their growth rate. Also, avoid areas with a fan or air vent to prevent your plants from drying out. The area you choose must have adequate lighting to allow your plants to benefit from at least six hours of sunlight every day.

3. Containers – Made, bought or reused

There are a variety of containers available in the market that you can buy for a few bucks but with the right tools and skills, you can make them all by yourself. Indoor plants can use any container from empty yogurt cups to large metal or wood containers, depending on the type of plant. As a rule of thumb, the container you choose must allow proper drainage and big enough to allow roots to penetrate. If your container doesn’t have a draining hole, consider adding pea gravel or small rocks at the bottom to enhance drainage.

You can as well reuse containers for planting but you must first clean them using a water solution of bleach to prevent the spread of disease that could otherwise affect your plant’s growth. It is still okay to recycle plastic bottles or bigger cans especially if you don’t want to strain your wallet.

4. Prepare the soil

How To Create An Indoor Garden At Home

When it comes to soil preparation, most people make a mistake of grabbing a bunch of soil from their garden and transferring it to the planting containers. And because you’re reading this article, don’t make this mistake. Soil from outside contains insects and diseases that could kill your plants. Besides, it doesn’t contain the proper balance of sand and clay for a perfect porosity. Even though you can buy a pre-made potting mix, it’s possible to make your own with 1 part vermiculite, 1 part coir peat, and 2 parts compost using the following procedure;

  • · Start by soaking the 1 part of coir peat brick to allow rehydration
  • · Properly mix vermiculite and coir peat and add in the compost

5. Choose your plants and buy seeds

Indoor gardening is fun as it gives you an opportunity to grow your preferred plants at home. There is a possibility to purchase seedlings but it’s recommendable to start from scratch using seeds especially if you want to enjoy the growing experience. Indoor gardening gives you unlimited possibilities and you can plant any plant from fruits and herbs to flowers and decorative greens. However, there’s a limitation of space availability and the ceiling height of your house. If you wish to grow different varieties of plants at the same time, ensure that they have a similar requirement of temperature, total humidity, light, and watering.

6. Maintain your plants

After planting your garden, you must be aware that your work is not over yet. You should maintain your plants with general care which involves the following;

  • · Fertilizing

Indoor plants tend to quickly use most of the nutrients from the soil and growing medium. Besides, some of the nutrients are leached out by water and therefore, they need a boost with extra fertilizer. It is recommendable to use organic fertilizers and hydroponic nutrients for your plants, but you should follow the instructions on the package carefully.

  • · Temperature

Most plants thrive in temperatures ranging from 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, although a variance of 10 degrees on either side is still okay. If the temperature in your house is too cold, the leaves of your plants will begin to dry, lose their chlorophyll and eventually fall off. On the other hand, too high temperature makes the plants small and weak. It is advisable to invest in the Autopilot Cooling Thermostat to control heating and cooling in the plant’s environment.

  • · Humidity

If you’d wish to grow healthy and vigorous plants, you must come up with a strategy to control moisture in the growing space. You can opt to mist your plants every day or purchase an environmental controller or humidifier to regulate indoor humidity.

  • · Watering

Plants grown in a container tend to dry out very fast and therefore, you should be prepared to water them regularly. However, watering should be done only when you notice the soil is dry and the water should stay on room temperature for sometime before using it. Most importantly, be careful not to overwater your plants.

  • · Lights

If you look at vegetables garden outdoor, one thing you’ll realize is that they are planted in areas where they can get the maximum amount of sunlight. Most herbs and vegetables require a minimum of six hours of daylight for them to thrive and when growing indoors, you’ll have two options.

First, you can grow your plants near a window for them to benefit from direct sunlight. Secondly, if the growing space doesn’t accommodate enough light, you should consider using artificial lighting which is famously known as grow lights.

Grow light kits and grow lights are not as easy as purchasing light bulbs and given that different vegetables and plants require different types of light for growth, there are two types of grow light kits to consider;

  • · Warm spectrum grow lights – They have a low number on the scale approximately 3000K and perfect for growing peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, and other fruiting plants
  • · Cool spectrum grow lights – They have a high number on the scale approximately 6500K and perfect for seedlings as well as leafy vegetables

Last but not least, there are various types of grow lights bulbs as well from traditional incandescent to LED and fluorescent and you can choose one depending on your household needs and your financial situation. If you don’t have time to research about these bulbs, go for LED as they last longer and will save on electricity.

Importance of proper lighting

Plants require light for energy and survival – Plants get energy from light through a process known as photosynthesis. During this process, light energy is converted into chemical energy and this leads to the production of sugars like glucose which provide food for the growth of your indoor plants

· Light is needed for the plant’s growth and development – Outdoor plants grow strong and healthy because they receive enough light. Therefore, lack of enough light will make your indoor plants grow tall and spindly

Bottom line

Let’s face it, it’s the desire of every person to eat fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs from their gardens. However, most of them are afraid that they don’t have enough space and end up giving up on their cultivation dreams. The good news is that you don’t need a yard to make your dreams come true as you can grow any plant indoors on a windowsill or on a corner of an abandoned room. Indoor gardening comes with tremendous benefits such as cleansing your household air, improving the aesthetics of any indoor space, boosting your moods and providing your family with a wealth of fresh and yummy foods and this article will help you grow your first plants successfully.

How Can You Save Money When Shopping For Your Baby?

Welcoming a baby is a blessing in almost everyone’s life. Any parent would tell you that there is no emotion like it in the world – the feeling that you will do everything for this little person. But it is not all about fun and games.

Save Money When Shopping For Your Baby

A baby is a precious and expensive undertaking. Go to online baby stores in the USA to see for yourself the prices of the items. Do a quick calculation of the essentials, diapers, clothes, formula, bottles, accessories, and toys. You will be able to see the expenditure level for yourself.

According to estimates, you will spend an average of 12,000 USD during your baby’s first year. The USDA study was done in 2010, so the expenses should have increased when you factor in inflation. By the second year, the average costs will reach 12,500 USD.

Save Money When Shopping For Your Baby

For instance, every week, you are looking at a minimum of about 50 USD for diapers, baby food, and formula if you are not breastfeeding. You do not even count the money you spent prepping up the nursery, baby crib, stroller, clothes, toys, hygiene supplies, and other accessories.

Thus, you do need a helping hand. Here are some money-saving tips when you have a baby in the house:

  1. Be smart about buying diapers – Most kids complete potty training by the time they are three or four years old. It means your house will be filled with diapers for the first 36 months of the baby’s life. If you see a sale at your local supermarket, buy in bulk. And forget about brand loyalty, especially if the baby is past the infancy stage. Most brands also offer coupons so you can take advantage of those to bring down the cost. If you do not mind the laundry, you can consider reusable diapers. You are contributing to the environment, too.
  2. Shop online – You save money when you go to online baby stores in the USA. For instance, you do not spend on gas when you do not need to go to the grocery store. Second, online merchants typically offer free shipping when you reach the minimum amount of purchase. Third, you can always get a discount on some of the items. Also, you can try out cash-back apps to get rewards. By using the apps every time you make a purchase, you can earn points, which can be converted to cash. Some apps will deposit instant money on your debit card for each purchase you make from partner retailers.
  3. Schedule your shopping at the end of the month – Most stores, even online merchants, have a monthly quota to meet. They also replenish their inventory by that time. It means old stocks need to go, and that usually results in discounts.

Lastly, do not forget to sign up for online coupon programs. Nobody cuts magazines and newspapers anymore for coupons. There are plenty of online websites that offer the instruments that you can use to get discounts on baby stuff or other goods. You need to be creative when it comes to the expenses for your baby. If you are not careful, they can quickly rack up.

Six Tips for Finding the Ideal Office Space in Chicago

When you’re moving your business or getting your startup off the ground, one practical question that surfaces over and over again is the office space predicament.

Finding the Ideal Office Space in Chicago

You have your business idea, leads, marketing strategy, and budget all figured out, but where are you going to open your business? What is the best spot?

Finding Office Space Chicago can be hard, especially in the White City. It can be hard to come by an ideal location, and the prime real estate is often going to be fought over with tooth and nail.

What should you consider when you’re out searching for the perfect spot? Below, we have some tips that will help narrow your search and ensure you have the best office spot possible.

Consider Growth

When searching for office space, it’s essential to think of your business in a few years. Now, you may have a small team of employees, but what happens in a few years? Is your team size going to increase or maybe even double?

You must find Office space in Chicago that settles the company for the years to come. You don’t want to have to be constantly moving to accommodate your growing team.

Location is Key                                                   

Location is the most important guideline in real estate, and having a prime location can hurt or help your business.

If you’re going to be welcoming plenty of clients, then maybe a spot in the downtown would be a good idea. If you just need a space for everyone to be together, then you could look outside of popular areas to save money.

Being in The Loop, Chicago’s downtown business district, may be ideal, but is it possible for you and your employees?

Look for Recently Vacated Property

You want things to be in tip-top shape, right? You don’t want to come into work every day worrying about how the paint is peeling, and there’s an old smell you can’t seem to get rid of.

When looking at spaces, make sure it was someplace that was recently used. That means it’s desirable and likely has all the working parts you need to have a successful office.

Think About Culture

What kind of business you are is what separates you from everyone else. You want your office space to portray that culture.

First impressions are huge, and what clients and employees see when they walk through the doors is the image you’re going to project. Try and connect your office space to your overall culture.

Gauge Employee Opinions

Maybe you have the perfect office idea in your head. What does it look like?

Now, take whatever you have and run that by a few employees. Not only does this encourage employee engagement, but you’re also going to get happier employees if you’re considering their opinion.

While an open office plan may sound great, the studies tend to say otherwise.

It never helps to ask a few questions to your coworkers to see what they’re thinking may work best for them.

Remember that Everything is Negotiable

When you’re looking at office space, you might find the ideal spot that just happens to be out of your budget. Everything in this world can be negotiated, and you just have to give it a try.

Yes, the art of negotiating can be uncomfortable or even weird at some parts, but it’s a way to save on some overhead and use that money to grow your business down the road.

 

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