Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Effective Ways To Stay Warm This Winter

 This winter will be much like those in the past: colder weather, longer nights and snow and rain. While there is nothing worse than being chilled to the bone in cold weather, there are few things nicer than feeling all warm and toasty while the snow falls outside your window. Here are a few ways to add some delightful warmth to your life in the next few months.

Upgrade Your Home

If you are like most people, you probably spend more time inside your home in the winter. A nice, warm home is an undeniable pleasure. With insulation contractors Maryland, you can increase the comfort level of your home or business by adding energy-efficient spray foam. When the furnace kicks on, you will feel confident that the heat will stay inside much longer than before. Your furnace won't have to work as hard to keep everyone warm and you will save money on utility bills.

Get Out and Exercise

A little exercise is a good way to generate some heat of your own. Plus, it elevates your mood during the short days of winter and promotes better health according to WebMD. You can try out some of these outdoor activities:

  • Snowshoeing
  • Ice-skating
  • Playing hockey
  • Nordic skiing
  • Downhill skiing
  • Working in the yard

You can find an activity that suits you, whether it is walking the dog or looking for winter birds. Elevating your heart rate is a good way to stay warm.

Wear Some Awesome Clothes

One key to staying warm is to wear the right clothing. You don't necessarily have to spend a lot. Concentrate on the basics of hat, gloves and a warm coat. Always be sure to wear some warm socks to keep the chill off your feet. If it is really cold out, bundle up with some extra layers and don't be afraid to break out the long underwear. Remaining warm in winter just might help you enjoy the season even more.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Things To Do for Your Child's First Birthday


There's something so special about your little one's first birthday. You've made it through a whole year of ups and downs, sleepless nights and so many firsts. Although most people only think of throwing a party for their child, here are some other things you can do to mark the occasion. 

Get Professional Photos

Although you may be tempted to save the money and just take pictures on your phone, you won't regret spending a little extra for the real deal. Hire a professional to do a photoshoot for your little one. A popular first birthday tradition is a cake smash photo session. You can find cakes in Schaumburg IL, and the photographer will capture your child digging into it with frosting smeared all over the mouth and little hands. 

Write Your Child a Letter

Your child won't remember the first year, but you can write a special letter that tells what it was like. Record all the details about your kid's first steps. Write down your little one's birth story. Put all of the memories down on paper and then present it at the eighteenth birthday party or any other special occasion when you feel your child is old enough. 

Celebrate Together

Of course, you'll want to commemorate the occasion with friends and family. It's always fun to throw a party for your little one and have everyone get together. However, you and your significant other should celebrate just the two of you as well. Making it through the first year is a big deal, so you should do something for yourselves. Get a sitter, go out to dinner and reminisce on the past year.  

Don't worry about going overboard when it comes to celebrating. You're not just observing a birthday. You're celebrating everything that happened in that first year so be over the top and enjoy the special day.

Swimming In Style - And Modesty

 Swimwear can be a hard issue for many women. Whether it's the fit, finding the right suit for your body type, or, for someone like me, making sure I can move around easily in the water without sacrificing modesty. Growing up, I mostly wore lightweight skirts that came to mid calf, with a pair of capri athletic pants underneath and a t-shirt on top. This was before all the modest swimwear styles and companies came on the scene, and let me tell you - my younger sisters have a much easier time finding modest swimwear than I ever did! We have been on several cruises over the past few years and it has been so nice being able to shop for modest swim attire through various shops online. Not to mention, they look much classier than I ever did in my leggings, skirt, and t-shirt! And of course, with these swimsuits being designed for water activity, they're much safer and more comfortable. Here's an example of one of my sister's swim skirts.

For me, modesty isn't something that goes out the window when I'm at the beach, pool, or in any other activity. Modesty means different things to different people but I pretty much look at it as covering my body; not out of shame or embarrassment, but because it's not public property for everyone to look at. Whether it's casual wear, church clothes, an evening gown, or swimwear, I want my clothing to cover my body without being too snug or fitted. Not so loose and baggy that I look like I'm wearing a potato sack, but not a form-outlining fit either. Both because I can't stand anything snug, but most importantly because I don't want to be "covered" with a material that ends up outlining or drawing attention to my body.

I just love the ruched waist on this swimsuit!

One company I discovered is LYRA modest swimwear. These swimsuits offer full coverage, including leggings that go to the ankle, without sacrificing movability and even style. Cute, stylish, classy, and leggings that keep you covered even if the skirt happens to float up. These literally look like cute day wear, but they're made in a quick-drying fabric designed especially for water. And it's even chlorine-resistant, so swimming in public pools isn't going to damage or fade your suit. They are available in a variety of colors as well as styles, to flatter and fit every body type, skin tone, and personal preference! I'm so glad that modest swimwear is now something you can shop for online, not have to come up with your own best option or pay outrageous prices for a custom outfit to be made. When modesty, style, comfort, and ease-of-buying combine, it's definitely a win-win!