Guest Post: How Snacking Can Help Develop Healthy Eating Habits

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Snacking is beginning to get a bit of a bad name these days. Over the past couple of decades, kid’s diets have seen snacks take on more and more of a significant role. Sadly, the increasing role of snacking has been met with a delayed increase in attention from many parents. Dinner is still the main event and it is where our focus lies.

The dinner table is where we try to educate our kids about food and trying to get nutritious fodder into our unappreciative dinners that would rather be eating beige food in front of the telly! There is a lot of pressure at the dinner table these days. Snacking is often something that our kids pester us about (sometimes whilst they are actually eating their dinner!) and is met with quick, easy (unhealthy), on demand fixes.
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Your Dream Date Night

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Date nights are awesome… but we don’t have many these days. Our parents don’t live all that locally and, frankly, we don’t get enough time with our Short Rib to want to give him up for a night and do anything else. That said, in a recent charity raffle at his nursery, we won what I considered to be the star prize. 6 hours of free babysitting with Short Rib’s favourite worker. We’ve been wracking our brains trying to figure out what to do and when… but we’re so long out of the dating game, that it’s harder than it sounds.

So, looking for inspiration, I put the question out there.

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The Essential Guide to Family Hiking

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When people talk about activities that are great for the body and mind, a lot of them talk about fairly standard forms of exercise. One thing that isn’t mentioned nearly enough is hiking. There are so many reasons why hiking should be something you take up. Not only is it inexpensive, but it’s an amazing workout for your legs and lungs. It also helps promote mental health, as do many exercises that take place in green areas. Short Rib is a super active toddler, though not at the stage where hiking is suitable just yet (he’s not hit two years old at the time of writing) it is something we’re going to look into doing with him later.

A lot of people also underestimate how good hiking can be for families. There are loads of great hiking spots in the UK, and many of them can be tackled by kids and young teens (provided you don’t intend to complete the entire thing!). If you’re interested in taking your family out for a hike, here are the things you need to keep in mind.

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Preparing Your Body (And Mind) For Falling Pregnant

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Bit of a throwback here… It’s been quite some time since I was pregnant. I had a bit of an indifferent relationship with pregnancy. It wasn’t eventful, stressful or anything. It was a means to an end and that was it… however it was a surprise. We were not trying when I fell pregnant. That took a lot of pressure off.

When you’re actively trying to get pregnant, you can often focus on it happening so much that you stress yourself out. However, stress can often be bad for both your general health levels and your body when you’re trying to conceive. So, instead of worrying about what’s happening, you should work on preparing your body for pregnancy (or at least as much as you can). Even when you do find out what you’re pregnant, these tips can help you to ensure that you not only enjoy a healthy pregnancy but have better levels of health overall.
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Saving For The Sake Of Family

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Being at the head of a family can be an expensive duty. It’s not cheap at all, and that doesn’t seem fair! It’s hard work being a parent, and when you’re a parent, you have more reasons to save than ever before. You want to save to give your kids the best future possible. You want to save to give yourself an opportunity for a well-earned break. It’s ironic that one of the more expensive roles in life can come with a lot more reasons to want to save. Life’s like that though.

Saving for our kids? Yeah! It’s fairly selfless, isn’t it? But every parent will want to do it. Can they do it? Are they capable? It’s a different question. While we might not have enough cash to buy a house for our kids straight up (let’s get one for ourselves first), we can certainly do our best to give them at least a little something as a platform for their dreams. Something to help them with University. Something to help them move. Something to help them do what they want to do. It’s only fair, right?

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The Parenthood Struggle: Why You Don’t Have To Rely On Natural Conception

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For most couples, becoming a parent is extremely easy. It may take a couple of months to successfully conceive naturally, but eventually, all that trying pays off. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case for everyone. For us, we were told we wouldn’t have been able to conceive without help, but then got unexpectedly lucky later on!

There are various reasons why parenthood doesn’t come naturally to couples, most of which are to do with an individual’s health or fertility. But just because you and your partner are unable to conceive naturally, it doesn’t mean that you should give up on your dream of parenthood. Thanks to modern developments in fertility sciences, there are now a few different routes you can take. Simply read on to find out more.

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