What To Do In An Emergency

If you’ve ever been the one who has to handle an emergency, you know how nerve-wracking it can be. Do you know what to do when you’re the person responsible? Keep the following tips in mind.

  1. lways know where you are in case an emergency arises. Take note of the street address and nearest cross street so that you can tell emergency responders. If you’re with people who have chronic health issues, make sure you know what their medical conditions are and if they’re on any medication.
  2. When you call 911, don’t offer up every piece of information at once. Listen to the 911 operator and answer the questions they ask you without getting ahead of yourself. Answer thoroughly and clearly so the operator doesn’t have to repeat their questions.
  3. If you’ve been trained in CPR and if the person isn’t breathing, perform CPR until medical help arrives.
  4. Gather any medications the injured or sick person is taking so that you can give it to the emergency responders when they arrive.
  5. Move furniture out of the way so the emergency team can get in and out without any obstructions.
  6. Jot down the facts so that you don’t forget them as the day goes on. Take note of when the person was injured or fell sick, how the accident happened, when they slipped in and out of consciousness, etc. No detail is too small.
  7. Stay near the door or ask someone else to stay close to the door so that the emergency team can be let in as soon as they arrive.
  8. If there’s a bleeding wound, apply deep pressure with a clean cloth. Keep pressure on the wound until it stops bleeding or until the medical team gets there.
  9. When the medical team arrives and is working on the patient, fill out as much of the medical forms as you can. Any information will be helpful, even if the person who’s injured can’t help with specific information at the moment.

From the time when you call 911 because there’s been an emergency to when the mobile medical units arrive, it’s important to stay calm and think clearly. Review these tips every now and then so that you’re prepared if you ever have to use them.

Sleepace RestOn Smart Sleep Monitor Review | A Good Night’s Sleep

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This will be my eight year celebrating Mothers Day as a mom. That means it’s been eight years since I had regular sleep! My youngest is two and still doesn’t sleep through the night every night but I’m hoping these nights are soon coming to an end.

Sleep is so important for renewal of the body and the mind! I literally start to feel insane from lack of sleep!

I don’t know all the details about the levels of sleep and what you need to achieve a feeling of rest every day but I can definitely feel it when I don’t get enough.

I just tried a smart sleep monitor that actually tracks all of those details for you. I found it really useful and interesting to investigate and learn about my sleep patterns.

It’s actually really simple to use even if the information provided can be somewhat complex.

First I downloaded the app which is available for both iPhones and android. I filled in some basic information about my age and weight.

The system comes with a small device attached to a strap. The strap goes under your sheet and you lay on top of it at night. Unlike many sleep systems it’s non wearable so the device itself doesn’t disrupt your sleep at all.  It’s easy to charge with an included USB cable.

After you have placed the strap under your sheet, you remove the magnetic cover to get it ready and then replace it.

To start you go to your app and start it and go to sleep. You can test your sleep system with your phone to make sure it’s getting a signal. That’s it! In the morning when you stop the app it gives you lots of interesting information.

It gives you an overall sleep score that includes how long you sleep, how long it took to fall asleep and how long the sleep was deep, light, movement present and awake. It gleans this information from your heart and respiratory rates detectable from the strap you are sleeping on.

It was correct that I did spend some time awake and then in a lighter sleep. That was when my two year old came in and woke me up. I did some tossing and turning after that so there was definite body movement. That seems to be a pattern every night!

Another interesting feature is that you can have music play until you fall asleep and then it will automatically turn off. Apparently it takes me about ten minutes to fall asleep. I would have guessed longer. You can also use an alarm feature but with three kids, I don’t ever need an alarm! The alarm detects when you are in a light sleep and it’s the best time to get up so it will wake you thirty minutes before your alarm goes off. That way you don’t wake up in that awful groggy moment where you feel like you can’t wake up!

This RestOn sleep system is really easy to use and I know mothers everywhere long for more sleep. It doesn’t stop you from getting kicked in the face by your toddler or woken up by a child having a nightmare but it does help you analyze your sleep to see what you need to improve on, in the areas you have control over!

I have a special Mother’s Day code below with a generous discount as well as one to give away so check out all the specs below for more detailed info and then enter!

Ozeri BP4M CardioTech Premium Series Digital Arm Blood Pressure Monitor Review

It’s hard to get in to see my regular Doctor whenever I want and more often then not I end up in Urgent Care. While there are some things that you have to see a Doctor for, it’s nice to have the option to monitor certain things at home. I can call a nurse for advice and it helps when I can provide her with things like temperature, heart rate and blood pressure. The Ozeri Ozeri BP4M Cardiotech Premium Series Digital Arm Blood Pressure Monitor with Color Alert Technology, White:BlueDigital Arm Blood Pressure Monitor gives me the ability to do so right from home.

I’m not that technical of a person so I really like my electronic gadgets to be easy to use without having to dive too deep into the instruction manual!

It’s really easy to use as you just put on your arm using the velcro , power on and press start. The cuff has both written and picture directions so you know exactly where to place it.

The power and start buttons are huge so you can’t miss them! I like that they are bigger than the Time, Scan and Memo so it’s obvious which is which.

One great feature of this monitor is that it’s color coded! Green means your pressure is good. Orange is borderline and Red is bad. This gives you a once glance answer to what you need.

While there are more advanced options I found I could use it without having to press any of the other buttons but it’s nice to have those options if you want to store your results.

It comes with batteries which is always a plus and it’s own zipped storage bag so that you can keep it together in a safe place.

This Ozeri Digital Arm Blood Pressure Monitor is easy to use and has everything you need included to use right away!

How To Shape Up Without Overstretching Your Finances

A cupboard full of exotic ingredients. Some newfangled fitness devices. A fashion-forward leisurewear collection. Healthy living can come at a cost. However, it doesn’t always have to be this way. Getting fit doesn’t always have to overstretch your finances. There are loads of ways you can adopt a healthier lifestyle without paying the price. Here are some handy hints to help you get healthy without breaking the bank.

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Working out for less

Inexpensive activities

These days, you can’t go anywhere without reading articles about fitness or seeing giant images of gym-honed models. Exercise is so unbelievably good for you, but it

doesn’t have to be expensive. It’s often assumed that you need to fork out a lot of money to get in shape, but that’s simply not the case. For starters, the gym is not the only place to get fit. A gym membership can set you back a considerable amount of money per year, but there are alternatives to taking out membership.

You could pay as you go or you could try other activities. Jogging, for example, won’t cost you a penny. You could also try swimming at a local pool, which is likely to carry a small charge, or cycling. If you don’t have a bike, you could search for a second hand one online, and you may be able to pick up a bargain. Team sports are also an inexpensive way of exercising.

If you’re keen to exercise alone, fitness DVDs are a great, cheap option. All you need is a mat and some light weights.

Setting up a home gym

One way of working out for less is to invest in some home gym equipment. Once you’ve made the initial payment, you won’t have to worry about paying a monthly membership fee or a renewal fee if you want to prolong your membership. You can exercise whenever you want, and you’ll save time on getting to and from the gym. You don’t need to kit out your garage with the latest mod cons and a suite suitable for an NFL pro.

Think about which machines you like to use at the gym, and whether you actually need expensive equipment. Some people like to base their workouts on stretching, aerobic activities, and lifting weights. If this is more your cup of tea than pounding the treadmill for hours, you could save yourself even more.

If you are looking for some home gym equipment, the Internet is a really useful resource. If you have a make and model of exercise bike or elliptical trainer in mind, for example, type it into the search box, and see how much you could save.

It’s also worth looking in discount stores and holding out for promotions. If you’re not fussed about having a brand new bike, pay some garage sales a visit or search online for new and used auctions.

Basic lifestyle changes

Today, we tend to rely on our cars to get around. Switching to walking is a lifestyle change that will not only help you shape up. It will also help you to trim your expenditure on gas. Start walking or taking your bike to work or leave the car at home if you fancy popping to visit a friend or grabbing a coffee.

Healthy eating made more affordable

When you’re putting the effort into your workouts, you don’t want your diet to let you down. There’s a belief that healthy eating is expensive, and in some cases, this can be true. You see a lot of superfoods and fad diets hitting the headlines these days, and foods that are hard to source often carry a hefty price tag.

The reality is that you don’t need to make drastic changes to your diet to make it healthier and more nutritionally valuable. If you don’t have the budget to survive on avocados and chia seeds, don’t worry.

Saving money on fruit and vegetables

Fruit and vegetables form the basis of a healthy diet, and health experts recommend a minimum of 5 portions per day. If you’re feeding a family, the cost can soon add up. If you’re keen to get your 5-a-day without spending a fortune at the store, there are ways of saving money. Buying frozen produce is a really good idea.

You can also take advantage of multi-buy offers, but take care not to buy things you don’t need. If you never eat apples, don’t buy them just because they’re on offer. Look out for fruits and vegetables that you do normally eat, and see if you can find deals that will actually save you money. Making smoothies is a great way to boost your vitamin intake on the cheap.

Once you’ve got a blender, all you need is the ingredients, and you’re good to go. You only need small quantities, so a little will go a long way. If you’re looking for simple, tasty smoothie recipes, have a look at Good House Keeping’s recipes. If you’re used to buying smoothies from cafes, you’ll save a huge amount by making your own at home

The cost of fresh produce varies significantly depending on which store you choose. If you prefer to shop at a store where prices are higher, do your basic shop and then go elsewhere for your fruit and vegetables. It’s also worth checking out local markets and independent stores, as they may charge less.

Lowering the cost of a weekly shop

If you’re on a health drive, your weekly shop is probably the first thing you alter. When you’re planning a trip to the store, write a list. Work out what you’re going to have for your lunch and dinner every day, and write down the ingredients you need. Stick to the list, and try not to be swayed by other items or flash sales on products you’d never normally use.

If you’re not very good at keeping track of what you’ve spent or you tend to fill your cart with items you don’t need, try online shopping. This is a quick and convenient way of getting what you need, and you’ll have a running total on the screen.

If you want to buy meat, poultry or fish, it’s worth visiting the store close to closing. This way, you can get discounted items, which are going out of date. If you freeze them, you can eat healthily on a much tighter budget.

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Healthy eating at work

When you’re at work, it can be really easy to rely on the easy options, which are sometimes a lot less healthy than meals you could rustle up at home. Even foods like sandwiches are wraps can contain hundreds of calories when you buy them from a shop. It can also be tempting to cave in and add some chips or a chocolate bar when they’re lying there on a display looking alluring.

If you prepare lunch at home, you’ll save money, and ensure that you’ve got a nutritious meal to enjoy. You’ll save yourself precious minutes in the day, and you won’t have to test your willpower at the checkout.

Many of us want to be healthier, but sometimes, there’s a worry that health living is costly. It’s true that you can spend a lot of money on gym gear, membership, and cooking up exotic feasts. However, there are also lots of ways you get in shape and improve your health on a budget. Don’t let money hold you back when you’re putting your health first.

Grow With Your Child

baby stepsAs parents, we know that frugality is not a word that we can thoroughly engage with during the first few years of our child’s life. There is always something that will need to be purchased, no matter how hard we try and save on our money and cut back our spending. Once our children are finished with one thing, they’re straight on to another; it’s unfortunately just the way that life works.

There are things that we will just need to keep replacing until our children hit teenage years or until they outgrow the need for them. But what are these things, and how much do we need to set aside for them as they grow?

Beds

Moses baskets, cribs, cots, co-sleepers – whatever you have and whatever you are using right now, it will eventually need updating. Moses baskets typically last up to 5 or 6 months depending on how big your baby is, and they can then be transferred to a cot. Or you could cut out the moses basket/crib and go straight to the standard baby cot.

It is recommended that your child sleeps in the same room with you until they are at least 6 months old to prevent the risk of SIDS, and so you may find it is easier to have a smaller sleep space for them until they go into their own bedroom. The good thing to know is that once they are in their cot they can stay in there for a couple of years, until they outgrow it and will need either a toddler bed or a single bed.

Stores are cottoning on that it’s becoming tedious to keep replacing beds, so many like IKEA are offering extendable beds to solve the problem of constant replacement. This can cost anything from a couple of hundred across the years to thousands depending on how much you want to spend on a good night’s sleep.

Car Seats

The good thing to know about car seats is that eventually, your child will not need them. The other thing worth noting is that you can get car seats that are set in stages once they are out of the car seat that they have used from birth. Check to see which is the right one for you and your child by taking down details of how tall they need to be and how much they need to weigh to go into a particular seat – always assess the safety first.

You can look online for baby seats reviews to see what suits your budget and your lifestyle. They come in all shapes and sizes nowadays, offering everything from ease of access to get your child out of the car to reclining seats for those kids who can’t help but doze off on a short journey.

Clothes

This is the most obvious, but at least when you get to a certain point in teenage years you won’t need to keep buying for size – only to keep up with the latest trends that are cropping up. This is one thing you can be frugal on, and asking friends and family for hand me downs should not be frowned upon; where else are the clothes going to go and what else are they going to be doing? It’s better that they’re put to good use!

The Benefits Of Living Well

living wellThere are certain things that you can do in your life to help you get to a state of both physical and mental health which will benefit not just you, but the family that you have around you.

If you have children, taking care of yourself ahead of everybody else should be the priority. While this sounds like quite a conflicting thing to think about, you need to consider yourself as their number one. Without their number one in full working order and available to cater for their wants and needs, they won’t be able to thrive as they need to.

Exercising for Physical Health

It’s hard to catch a break when you’ve got kids, especially to get out and do exercise that will count towards anything. You need to set yourself time, a routine and a goal to work towards in order to get yourself feeling as fit as you can. However, this isn’t necessarily the case all the time.

There are certain things that you need to make provisions for, sure, but unless you have an amazing source of childcare and are willing to work that amount of time into your weekly lifestyle, it’s just not an option for the majority who are wanting to do it. This doesn’t mean that it’s completely unattainable.

There are classes available for you to do with children in tow, no matter what age they are. Being able to keep up with them physically is something that counts for a lot when you’re a parent – not just for the fun factor, but for their safety and wellbeing in certain situations as well.

Exercising for Mental Health

Exercise doesn’t just have to be for your physical fitness – it can go a long way in helping cope with certain mental health conditions as well. There are sports and exercises that you can do that are crucial in helping you switch off from whatever exacerbates any illness you have; whether it’s stress about a situation, outside factors that contribute towards how you’re feeling or even just something that fills your mind with no idea as to why it’s doing it.

A lot of people have commented on being able to “switch off” whilst running, which can be a great reason to take it up it for nothing else. This will help benefit your mood not just with yourself personally, but whatever is reflecting onto your children.

The stability of your mental health is not just something that you go through on your own; those around you are all a part of it too, just as would be the case with physical health. Exercising is only one way to get yourself back on track, and should never be used as the only method if you think that it’s beyond a stage where exercise alone can help.

Eating Well – With Your Family

It’s often said that eating healthily when children are involved is impossible, but that’s not true. Children grow up with what they are accustomed to, and if you are introducing things including sugar, fat and that are easily accessible (such as drive thru food) into their diet, then of course they are going to expect it to be the norm and want it all the time.

Most of the time, an aversion to fruit and vegetables is more fear of the unknown than a genuine dislike for what they’re being presented with. Getting into a good eating routine with your children doesn’t only benefit them, but will help you with your own healthy eating habits as well.

There are things that you can use to help you along your fitness journey; there’s a huge buzz about ideal shake for many reasons, with fitness supplements becoming the thing to turn to when stuck in a rut with your current plan. We have gotten to the stage of development and research where these products aren’t produced just for money-making profit anymore and are showing proven benefits to being taken alongside a healthy diet and exercise.

Drinking More – Helping Your Family

Water is so abundant in our modern world that it’s being taken for granted completely. We cover up the thirst signals that our brains are sending to us and often mistake them for hunger signals instead, leading to overeating. This in turn adds on the pound that we don’t necessarily need or want. It can easily be avoided simply by drinking more.

It is recommended that we drink eight ounces of water at least eight times a day, but this is dependent on the weather outside. If it’s hot or edging towards summer, aim to drink a bit more. There are certain water bottles, apps and aids that you can get to help remind you to drink and edge you on in your journey throughout the day.

Although it seems like a task that should be second-nature to us, if you have gotten yourself into the habit of not drinking the required amount that you should per day, there is more chance that it will be harder for you to accomplish. This doesn’t mean that you should give up – the benefits of drinking more water go far beyond weight loss.

Your brain is 80% water, and your focus and concentration has a lot to attribute to this fluid. Not only will you feel the benefits in being able to get to work mentally, but your energy levels should rise with the more water that is consumed. As it’s something that you don’t necessarily have to invest a lot of money in to try, as is the case with quite a lot of things these days, give it a go and see how you feel – what have you go to lose?