Sharing my recent VS shopping!

I only paid $64 for everything!!!

I only paid $60(ish) for everything!!!

I received my $10 reward coupon a few weeks ago and since I have other coupons that need to be redeemed I decided to go to Victoria Secret to make some purchase. I wanted to give bras to my oldest sister and mom; I took advantage of the savings I could possibly get that day. I found out that mom’s bra size is difficult to find with the victoria secret brand, they do have her size however but the price is on regular. I have no choice but take it since the quality and style suits my mom’s taste. The bra costs $45(ish) each so I went ahead and bought 2 for my sister and her (I have $20 coupons). The great thing about VS is that they have great marketing that helps customer save some bucks. They offered a free scratcher when I buy 2 bras on regular price; accordingly I could win a jacket with hoodie, perfume or underwear guaranteed. I took that offer and won underwear ($14 worth). I got 2 (from scratcher and monthly freebies coupon) undies for free. I paid a total of $60(ish) after the coupons and I saved $34 that day and got another coupons for more savings on my next purchase including the $10 secret reward and a sample of their perfume.

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The Rising Demand For Au Pairs Everywhere

Image by Kathleen Cragun via Flickr

Image by Kathleen Cragun via Flickr

The need for au pairs is on the rise as mothers attempt to juggle work and family life. In today’s tough economic times, many parents need to work in order to make ends meet and gone are the days of moms staying home to raise the children. That’s where Perfect Match Au Pairs London can help.

The Need for Au Pairs Has Increased

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Image by Katherine Hala via Flickr

But for many parents, finding reliable and trustworthy childcare can be a huge strain. Childcare fees are costly and before and after school care equals a very long day for young kids.

That’s why more and more families are turning to au pairs from agencies. Choosing to go through an agency assures parents that the au pairs have been checked out, interviewed and vetted and are suitable to care for children. Many families are also finding that hiring a live-in au pair offers a flexible solution.

Greater Awareness

Another reason there’s been a rise in the au pair market is greater awareness. Families are more understanding of what an au pair is and the importance of approaching agencies like Perfect Match Au Pairs in London to help them find a balance between work and family life.

The Benefits of Hosting an Au Pair

There are a myriad of benefits to employing an au pair’s services.

  • Au pairs are cost effective, especially if you have more than one child
  • Au pairs offer flexibility and the ability for parents to remove a layer of stress that comes with juggling family and work commitments.

The Experience of Having an Au Pair

Convenience and affordability aren’t the only advantages of hiring a prospect. It can also be about sharing cultural experiences. Au pairs from different countries can offer cultural and language enlightenment to children which can greatly enrich their learning experiences.

For a lot of families, child minding offers a much broader experience. It can be a sort of cultural exchange program and often families will extend their au pair’s contract long after the initial placement ends.

How to Find an Au Pair

While a lot of families try to find au pairs independently, going through perfect Match Au Pairs London, will ensure that you receive an au pair who has been screened and will be a good fit for your family. The reputable agency offers a high level of screening and a good level of support during the placement process.

When sourcing an au pair – be it through an agency or independently – there are several things you can do to ensure the entire experience is a very positive one. These include:

  • Sit down as soon as possible with your chosen au pair and explain your family life to them and how you choose to live.
  • Write down guidelines for your new au pair.
  • Be clear and specific about your rules and expectations for your home.
  • If the au pair is of a different culture to you and your family, provide clear details of your way of living.
  • Always respect your au pair’s need for privacy.
  • Work towards supporting your au pair through the early weeks of adjustment.

Inclusion is important too. An au pair, typically, is joining a family because they want to be a part of the family. They’re going to be looking after your children the way you want them to, so including in them in family activities, if they so wish, will help to strengthen the bonds between all of you.

It’s important to be open about having a meaningful experience with your au pair and be willing to warmly welcome them into your family unit.

On the whole, hiring an au pair offers an exciting experience that frees up the stresses of family and work balances.

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How Often to Bathe a Newborn Child?

Deciding how often to bathe a newborn child can be something that new parents are very unsure of. Frankly speaking, exactly how often you should be bathing your child will vary a lot depending on the specific circumstances – but there are a few rules of thumb that certainly apply.

For starters, during the first week or so until the umbilical cord falls off, it is best to restrict yourself to sponge baths alone. These can be carried out on a daily basis, and care should be taken to avoid touching the cord itself. Be sure to clean the genital areas thoroughly, and also wash your child’s face and hands on a regular basis.

Once the umbilical cord has dried up and fallen off, let the area heal for a while before you start to give your newborn tub baths. Initially these baths should be no more than once every two days or so, because they could cause your baby’s skin to dry out very quickly and that’s something that you’ll probably want to avoid. For the first year you can probably limit yourself to about three baths per week, unless there are specific situations that call for more.

No two babies react in exactly the same way when it comes to water and bathes. Some find the water soothing and are content to remain it in and play for quite some time. On the other hand, many other babies will react badly and start to cry the minute they’re placed in a tub. Assuming your baby finds it distressing, you should bathe them as quickly as possible to avoid too much discomfort.

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The first time that you bathe them is bound to be a nervous experience for you as a new parent too. Check out moms.com for advice on how to best bathe your child, and slowly but surely you’ll begin to get used to it and become more confident as well.

After the first year or so (when your child is hardly a newborn any longer) you can graduate to a more regimented routine of daily baths. Once again, depending on the situation you may want to vary your bathing routine accordingly, but that is very much something that you should decide based on what you feel your child’s requirements are. So long as you keep them clean, you’re doing a good job!

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What a beautiful foamy skies

This is what we saw this morning as soon as I opened our front door…. A beautiful sky full of foamy clouds with bright blue background. I took pictures of it and I’m sure it’s going to be a talk of the town because we rarely get this kind of sky. It is gorgeous. Isn’t it?

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How to Feel Safe and Secure When Living Alone

When it comes to living alone, safety is usually a person’s number one concern. Creating a secure environment within the home is not as difficult as it might seem. There are many practical safety solutions that can enhance a your independence without suffocating it.

Here are the top tips:

1. Home Security System

Investing in a home security system can offer you comfort in knowing that your home is protected. If someone attempts to break in, you, the authorities, and the security system are alerted. As an added bonus, the sound of the triggered alarm usually scares burglars away. To find the best home security for your situation, do a quick online keyword search that includes your location, such as ADT alarms in Missouri, or something similar. These searches can offer you a detailed list of cost, security features, and reviews on various systems and companies.

2. Always Lock Up

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Regardless of whether you feel safe in your neighborhood or building, or even if you are just dropping in for a few minutes, always lock your doors. An open door is a perfect invitation for a burglar.

Often times people are in a hurry or have their hands full and inevitably forget to lock their doors. However, getting into this type of habit can lead to unintentionally leaving your doors unlocked while at work, running errands, or even at night.

Also, if you have recently moved to a new place, it is a wise idea to change your locks.  Or, if you live in an apartment, install an additional lock. Who knows how many past tenants or owners still have keys or whom they passed keys out to.

3. Curtains and Blinds

Adding window coverings offers you privacy as well shielding any big-ticket items you have inside that might be attractive to burglars. Even if you live in a high-rise building, window coverings are still a wise idea, for you never know what can be seen from other buildings in the area or from the street.

4. Dog

Dogs are extremely loyal companions, and are usually very protective of their owners. If an intruder is on the property or inside of the home, dogs are the first to sense that something is not right. With a growl or deep bark dogs can alert you of a burglar’s presence. Likewise, their bark will deter the intruder from entering.

5. Lighting

Intruders seek out homes they can discreetly enter in and out of. A well lit home illuminates it to the street, making it far too challenging for a burglar to enter undetected.

6. Social Media

Be cautious with how much information you give out publicly over social media. Quite a few burglaries happen because of too much public information allowed over the Internet.

7. Extra Measures

Adding a metal bar to any sliding glass door or window in the home prevents anyone from the outside the ability to open a window, adding an extra layer of security.

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4 Tips for Perfecting Your Hourglass Figure

Women used to crave a stick-thin figure that left no room for curves, but today, things are much different. Women are embracing their natural body size and enjoying the beauty of their curves. No matter how big or small your curves are, you should love them and embrace them. A woman’s hourglass figure is one of the most beautiful things to men and women alike, so you should never be ashamed to show yours off!

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There are a lot of ways to accent an hourglass shape. There are also a lot of ways to give the illusion of more defined curves if you want to play up the shape even more. Find the solutions that fit your body and your personal taste best to feel confident and look beautiful every day. Here are four tips you can use to perfect your hourglass figure.

Build some muscle

A great way to find the true potential of your curves is to hit the gym. Doing some weight training can help build muscle that will make your frame look fuller and stronger. This is a great way to stay healthy and feel more confident every day, no matter what you wear. Start out with bodyweight exercises like squats and push-ups, and work your way up to adding weights to each exercise. You will notice a difference in a few weeks and all your clothes will start fitting you better.

Use pieces to accent your waist

The best part about the hourglass shape is the narrow waistline. You want to draw the eye to your waist and show off your best features. A great way to do this is to use accent pieces in your wardrobe that accent your waist. This starts out by getting a really great fitting bra. You can find a 24/7 t-shirt bra that will keep you supported and comfortable all day long. Once you find the right bra, the best option is using belts, but you can also use fitted jackets and high-waist skirts to draw attention to your mid-section. Find out where you want to place your belts or other items to best accent your shape by trying out a few different positions. Some women look best with belts around the middle of their waist, others with belts at the empire waistline.

Show a little skin, but just a little

To add some mystery to your look, you can always strategically show a little skin to show off your best features. If you want to play up an hourglass figure, you will want to focus on either showing off your legs or arms and shoulders. Try a one-shoulder dress or a high-waist mini skirt to play up your favorite features. However, be careful to not show too much skin, or your look will turn from mysterious to over-the-top.

Embrace layering

Many women with curves are afraid to layer because they think it will make them look bulky or bigger. Layering, however, can be a great way to make certain parts of you look smaller and add curves in other places. Use fitted jackets and mid-rise pants layered with tailored blouses and jewelry, and maybe a belt, to find the perfect look that is nothing but flattering.

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My summer hairstyle 2014

It’s just so hot and humid here in San Diego right now. I know some other States are already experiencing cold temperature, but not for us San Diegans! I love my long hair but because it’s just too hot to handle it especially at work, I decided to cut it a little bit shorter this time. Actually it hasn’t been that long yet since I had my haircut before this but there’s no regret because it won’t be long my hair grows back to the way it used to be which is “long”. So anyway, here is new look. I had this hairstyle back then when I was in college and I kind of missed it. I also played with my eyelashes. I bought it at 99 cents store a couple of weeks ago and it’s just been sitting on the countertop of my bathroom sink, it was yesterday when I thought of playing with it. I don’t know how to stick it on the right way yet but I’m working on it. I was laughing because it was my first time to put it on and I think I look cool.

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My new hairstyle “summer look”

LOL! My kids were amazed and got curious to it too. It was timely that I was getting ready for work too; I started playing my phone camera and took selfies. Love my hairstyle for now!

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Massage Therapy Is A Solution To Anxiety And Depression

We are constantly being bombarded by everything in our lives, from problems to worries and even stress comes and goes as he pleases. This particular context is favorable to create anxiety problems and even depressions. People are not meant to deal with these outside factors at the same time, but the sad reality is that they have to. Luckily, there are many tips and tricks on how to deal with this particular context and massage therapy is one of them.

How does massage therapy help?

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Many people think that massage therapy works only for relaxation purposes, but this is much more than that. It has been thought that massage is the best way to minimize the stress hormone cortisol and ease up the amount of stress and negative energy that has been built in the body. Experts talk about a deeper approach when it comes to a massage therapy session. The caring attention, the patience and the tactile stimulation have a powerful effect on the brain, making it a lot more susceptible to switch to a much calmer state.

How long does it take?

Anxiety and even depression can be reduced to 0 if all the negative energy is released throughout massage therapy. Of course, this is a process that requires patience, from the client’s behalf and a lot of determination as this is a battle that he needs to have. Additionally here, mild effects can be felt after each session, but the real impact will come after a series of sessions across a couple of months.

As you might know, professional massage therapists are ethically demanded to respect the confidentiality of the client so that is one of the reasons why any particular client can share if he or she suffers from anxiety of depression. This is really important, because the therapist needs to know what techniques to use, where the best pressure points are and even what table should he go with. For example, the massage tables by therapyessentials.co.uk  are carefully crafted to offer a relaxing experience even just by laying down on them. With the help of the therapist and all the available tools, relaxation will be a state of mind, rather than just a simple concept.

Where to find great massage therapists for anxiety?

Usually, most of the massage therapists are trained in various techniques and don’t have a problem adapting to the needs and necessities of the clients. Any reputable therapist will have knowledge on how to deal with stress and anxiety problems.

The internet is a great resource when it comes to finding the best possible candidate given the fact that one can ask for testimonials from the people he might have worked with. Friends and family can be another resource that can be used because we, as people, function on recommendation. Lastly, there is the idea of the local newspaper or advertisement magazine. This might take a while, because finding the right massage therapist will take a little time, but after he has been found, a long and lasting relationship will take place.

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4 Tips You Should Know About A Healthy Lifestyle

Exercise is important. Period. We sit at a desk for 8 hours a day and it’s quite hard to do anything else in the rest of the time left in a day. We are so caught up in our daily routines that we forget the reasons why we are doing all of this. It’s for our own happiness.

There are many people who are not happy with their lives, with how their bodies look, with how they feel and so on. There are many changes that can be made, but one of the things that can help with the problems highlighted above is exercise. But not just any types of exercise a daily routine. Here are some tips on how to design your own exercises based on the advice that professional trainers from the Annareichpt.co.uk environment have offered to their clients.

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#1 Start With A Schedule

People don’t make a change unless they are driven by a certain motivation. Even so, there are certain tricks that can be applied in order to keep that motivation going. One great idea here is to have your very own schedule.

The trick is to design it in order to fit your own workload, your daily duties and the chores that you have at home. You only need 30 minutes of your time that you can spend on working out your body.

#2 Personalize Your Exercises

Many trainers talk about the importance of personalizing the exercises on your own strength and preferences. There are people who hate doing push-ups, even if they are very intense and can help the body, there are others who love them. The best piece of advice here is to talk with a personal trainer and see what types of exercises you need in order to reach your goal and what is the best approach when it comes to doing them.

#3 Drink Water

It might sound like the easiest piece of advice in the world, but it’s far more complicated than you would expect. Doctors, nutritionists and even fitness trainers talk about the importance of drinking 2 liters of water on a daily basis. This is a great idea, but there is more to it: you need to drink at least 500 ml of water in the morning, before breakfast and then wait 45 minutes to eat.

It might seem a little bit too harsh, but this does wonders for the body. It helps the immune system and the digestive system and more importantly, it keeps you from constantly being hungry.

#4 Have Patience

This might seem as a lousy advice, but more and more trainers talk about the importance of patience and trusting the entire process. The idea here is not to get your hopes up that everything will change at a blink of an eye. Your lifestyle will change, but everything takes time, determination and a great deal of belief that all the hard work will be worth it.

There are millions that have done it in the past, why shouldn’t you?

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3 Things To Know About Group Fitness Centers

We are consisted in groups our whole lives. We played with our friends when we were little, we were part of a classroom when we studied and we are part of a co-working space at our jobs. Believe it or not, this is one of the most basic needs that an individual has and being part of group brings satisfaction, keeps the motivation level high and finally, it brings happiness.

When it comes to fitness centers that have group exercise classes, the very same rule applies. There are many trainers and coaches that prefer to lead groups rather than have 1 on 1 session with an individual. The “students” are much more motivated, they are driven by the same goal and the results are visible much faster.

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One of the best reasons why it is recommended to work in groups is the idea of social exposer and a great environment. As mentioned above, we are social individuals; we need to spend time among other people in order to get a sense of acceptance. The idea of group fitness exercises is to offer the same experience, but with a more stronger goal: to have a healthy body.

Fitness trainers from the thefitnessmosaic.com      environment talk about boredom as being the number one enemy when it comes to quitting an exercise program. The idea of a group exercise is to keep you interested and motivated in order to keep you going. Add aside a little bit of music and some interesting exercises that will challenge the individual and will not want to quit. That’s one of the things that keep people going no matter what: interest. Of course it matters if you see one of your friends dealing with the same hard work you are dealing with, everything seems a lot better.

Another reason why an individual should join such a program is the instructor. It’s important to have guidance in this particular process because it might seem as an overwhelming task. A beginner won’t know what to do when it comes to his first day and that can scare him off easily. With a proper instructor he can easily adjust and adapt to any exercise if he learns how to do them properly.

One other detail that is worth highlighting here is the idea of time management. Many people quit their exercises, their gyms or fitness centers because it was a time consuming activity. With group classes things are different because you won’t be losing time with learning how various machines work or stuff like that. In your one-hour session with an instructor, you will be thought everything you need to know about how every exercise goes.

To conclude, the idea of working with various people for the same goal can easily be the best way to become healthy, stay in shape and develop an exercise schedule that will fit your preferences. It’s a great idea and it has worked with many other people that have limited time and patience when it comes to their workout.

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