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How Grateful Thinking Can Help You Sleep

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As a parent, it can feel impossible to get the quality of sleep you need. Whether you’re running around with toddlers or up all night with a newborn, finding the time to relax is difficult. However, there are several sleep hacks for parents that can help you achieve the quality of sleep you deserve.

One of these hacks is practicing gratitude. Grateful thinking has many benefits, including better sleep. If you are someone who lies awake at night going over your laundry list of to-dos the next day, consider practicing gratitude before you go to bed. One great way to do this is by keeping a gratitude journal. One study found that those who kept a gratitude journal slept an average of 30 mins longer and had more energy the next day.  Read more

Parenting in a Pandemic Tips to Keep the Calm at Home

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A global pandemic has created a real change in the way that we live our lives. This can be an especially big change for parents, in particular. Schools are closed – in many cases for the remainder of the school year – and parents are left figuring out what to do with kids that would have been otherwise preoccupied.

So, what is a parent to do? How can they keep calm when there is a bit more chaos around the house than there used to be? Here are 8 tips that can make things a little bit smoother. Read more

How to Compost at Home

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If you’re looking to reduce your family’s waste and increase their appreciation for the outside world, composting is a great at-home project to start. Composting at home is also fully customizable to fit your needs and space constraints, whether you set up a pile in the backyard or a bin in the kitchen.

The benefits of composting are plentiful. Almost 25% of solid waste from U.S. households come from the kitchen. Rather than tossing away this excess waste composting allows you to transform it into healthy soil feeder for your yard and plants. 

To learn more about what materials to compost and how to set up a compost pile keep reading!  Read more

Gestational Diabetes: Tips for Keeping You and Your Baby Safe

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Each year, gestational diabetes affects 2% to 10% of pregnancies in the United States. Inevitably, the female body undergoes several common alterations while pregnant. Having increased levels of blood sugar is one of them. For some, it gets to an all-time high that needs to be carefully regulated and may result in prescribed medications. Whether you’re diagnosed or not, educating yourself is crucial when maintaining a healthy balance for you and your developing child. Read below for some tips on keeping you and your baby safe during pregnancy with gestational diabetes. Read more

Acts of Kindness Bucket Lists

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Has it been difficult to find the silver lining in life’s challenges lately? If you’re like many families who feel like 2020 has been a roller coaster of emotions, we’re here to tell you that you’re not alone. But what to do to combat summertime blues? Why not try an activity that provokes generosity and kindness!  Read more

Boost Your Resume With An Online Certification

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Given the unfortunate reality that many people have been laid off due to the COVID-19 crisis, ResumeNow has put together a comprehensive list of free courses that can help individuals bolster their resumes and stand out as job applicants.

If you’re not looking for work or to enhance your resume at this time, these courses are also a great way to expand your knowledge base. If you are currently working from home, you may have more time to dedicate to learning. If you’ve wanted to deepen your knowledge in a particular area or learn something new entirely, now may be a great time to do just that. Read more

7 Best Online Games for Kids to Play in 2020

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Most children play video games for about 2 to 2.5 hours per day, according to a recent survey. If you’re working from home during the coronavirus pandemic and wishing they would play more to keep them occupied, there are plenty of games that they can play on the Internet. Here is a list of some of the best online games for kids to play in 2020. Read more

Acts of Kindness Ideas for Your Whole Family (Free Printables)

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As most of us are spending a little more time at home, it’s the perfect time to show those close to you how much you care about them. Even though social distancing may still be in place, there are some easy ways to brighten up someone’s day without coming to close in contact. From randomly calling up someone you love to just tell them how awesome they are to smiling at a stranger, it may be fun to spread random acts of kindness with your family.

You may find yourself happier the more you contribute your time and energy to your community — maybe even feeling like a million bucks. Not to mention, that heartwarming feeling you may get when you see your family want to help out those who need it. Even though you may have to keep your distance, there are a few ways you and your family can show your community support without breaking your budget. Read more