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Top things to do in the Canary Islands

Many moons ago in our pre kid days we spent some wonderful long weekends in Lanzarote with a couple who we are great friends with. With 6 kids between us and an ongoing vow to return en masse we just haven’t had the change. Skimming my inbox last week a press release from Travel Media really caught my eye “Top ten things to do in the Canaries“.  With kind permission I have included their fantastic guide below. Given holiday season is almost upon it, I thought the timing perfect to share this as no doubt a good percentage of you will be heading this direction over the coming weeks. If there is anything you think missed of the list do send on or comment below.

Get to the top of the Teide Volcano in Gran Canaria

Just after Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea in Hawaii, Mount Teide is the third highest volcano in the world. Located in Gran Canaria, it’s tone of the most visited natural parks in Europe and the 8th most visited in the world!  If you opt to take the cable car which travels within 500 meters of the summit – prepare yourself for some simply breathtaking views.

Climbing Mount Teide is also an option as well as a dream for many; ascending the crater and smelling the sulphur emitted from volcanic fumaroles is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  There’s a bar and restaurant area, and even a hotel and a refuge at 3.270 meters.

As the highest peak in Spain, it has been a World Heritage Site since 2007, and the park encourages visitors not stray from the marked paths, enjoy the native flora and fauna of this geological treasure, and not to take stones as a souvenir of the National Park.

Sunbathe at Maspalomas Beach in Gran Canaria

With wind-sculpted dunes with golden sand and clear, crisp ocean – Maspalomas truly is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Canary Islands.   Stretching just over 3km, the beach makes for the perfect place to sunbathe, to take a relaxing stroll or to simply soak up the sunset in the evenings. One of the best spots to see the sunset is the first set of dunes by the Charco de Maspalomas lagoon.

The beach stretches from the beautiful lighthouse to La Punta, the most southern point of the Island. But, it doesn’t end there! It then transforms into the Playa del Inglés, another 4 km of the finest sand in the east.

 Visit the fascinating architectural legacy of César Manrique in Lanzarote  

César Manrique was an artist, architect and environmental activist from Lanzarote. He did not create in nature but rather with it, and his relationship with the landscape was not simply aesthetic but also a commitment to defending the environment.

Jameos del Agua is a volcanic tube opened on the surface where you can admire a natural lagoon of transparent emerald waters which is home to a native species of the island – a minuscule, albino, blind and gleaming little crab of unknown origin.

Mirador del Rio is a building located at 500 meters in altitude at the top of the Risco cliff, hidden beneath the rock and barely visible from the outside, with large windows and exterior balconies that provide a stunning view of Lanzarote.

Visitors can see traditional ceramics and a range of sculptures. The domed main room and cupolas are not to be missed.

Taste volcanic wine in Lanzarote 

The Canary Islands have become an exceptional wine-producing region due to the volcanic nature of their soils and almost desert-like climate. The ash coating retains moisture, protects buried soils from erosion, inhibits evaporation, and traps solar input.

Partially ringed by almond shaped stone walls on tar dark soils, the vine arrays appear hauntingly gorgeous, and many of them are included within Timanfaya National Park in the southwest.

White wines are predominant in the Canaries and are often opulent and full, sometimes with a citric precision.
Whereas red wines often have a Burgundian heft of pepper and complex darkness-leather, mocha, black fruit, caramel and even diesel.
Several wineries across Lanzarote offer both wine tastings and visits.

Try an aloe vera wellness treatment in a Canarian spa in Tenerife 

The spa centres in the Canary Islands are well-known and make full use of all the natural resources provided by the Canary environment. Plenty of unique treatments are offered such as thalassotherapy, geotherapy, wine therapy or aloe therapy.

The spa of the Iberostar Grand Mencey in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is set over 4500 square meters, and facilities include everything from a dynamic heated pool with bubble beds, whirlpool sections, and aqua-massage swan necks, to saunas, a foot spa, and a steam room. Sounds like my ideal kind of holiday!

Watch the stars from a world class observatory in La Palma

The sky of La Palma is one of the best places to observe the stars, and the Roque de los Muchachos observatory at 2.396 m. above sea level is home to one of the most extensive fleets of telescopes to be found anywhere in the world.

It boasts a breath-taking view of a giant volcanic crater 1,500 metres deep, covered in trees and with volcanic rocks in amazing formations.

The observatory organises visits to its facilities, and there are stargazing tours by La Palma Astronomy Tours which even include a ‘Tapas and Stars’ experience. The experience combines tapas and a glass of red and/or white local wine with an introduction to the astronomy and the orientation of the sky through constellations as well as insider information from guides.

Eat at a Michelin star restaurant in Tenerife

The stars in the Canary Islands are not just in the sky: Tenerife has six Michelin stars spread across five restaurants. One starred NUB occupies a beautifully restored colonial building and the tasting menu fuses Italian, Chilean and traditional Canarian flavours.

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5 Things to Do With an Old Smartphone

Your old smartphone still works, but you’ve just upgraded to a new and faster model.  Now, you’re wondering what you can do with your old phone.

Instead of throwing it away, why not try these 5 things?

Help Mother Earth By Recycling

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Whatever you do with your old cellphone, don’t throw it in the dumpster. You won’t be contributing to a greener environment and a safer one for the future generation.  It doesn’t take much to properly recycle your old gadget. For instance, you can hand it over to the nearest recycling center so they can take it apart, reuse it or harvest for individual components. Or, you can take it to a recycling programme that gives you in-store credit, gift cards or cash by turning old branded tech.  It’s certainly better than having your old gadget end up in the landfill and pollute the earth by leaching toxins into the ground.

Help Organisations by Donating

A functioning phone that can make calls, send SMS or browse the web may still be useful to other people. Think about who or how you’d want to donate your gadget for a good cause.  It could be your local church, a goodwill centre, an animal shelter, library or hospital. The staff welcomes any serviceable tech they can use to do their jobs. The same goes for old laptops, tablets, computers, fax and printers.  You can also give it to your co-worker, neighbour or favourite relative the next time you meet. Make sure to gather the cable, charger and any accessory so they can fully enjoy the gift.

Re-Use Your Phone As A Backup

Find your old phone’s charging cable and power it up. Activate the cellular network so you can start making calls or sending messages with it. When it’s full, put it in a sturdy case and somewhere easily accessible, e.g., in your locker, car or bag. You’ll be safer knowing that you’ll have a backup phone in case something happens to your main unit.

Turn Old Into New

Did you know that you can create an mp3 player, an eBook reader or maybe a portable TV with your old phone? Here are some fun projects you can try:

  • Portable TV. Install YouTube, a streaming app such as Netflix, Amazon Prime or Twitch and you have a dedicated video app for entertainment. If you have kids, load it up with their favorite cartoons and a video app so you’ll have something to distract them with.
  • Remote Control. Never lose a remote (and precious time) again when you turn your old tech into a remote. Search through the App Store or Play Store and download the corresponding remote for your Smart TV, Apple TV or Roku device.
  • Music Player. Get Google Music or iTunes and some of your favorite songs into a workout playlist. Attach a Bluetooth speaker or some wireless headphones and you’ll have a dedicated music player when you’re exercising at home or outside. You can also turn it into a static sound system by placing it on a charging dock and plugging in wired speakers.
  • eBook Reader. Do you love to read books? How about your partner or kids? You can turn your old tech into a storybook, a virtual magazine shelf or a library, depending on what you prefer. All you need is to download the Kindle app (or similar programs), magazines or eBooks and voila! A personal eBook reader. On the same note, if you prefer audiobooks, get the corresponding app and listen to podcasts or software that can read classic books aloud, for example.

Sell Your Gadget For Cash

Last but certainly not the least, you can turn your old mobile into quick cash by listing it up online. Popular sites such as Amazon, eBay and Facebook do have sections where users can advertise their secondhand items and sell them for money.  Simply upload a nice photo, details about the phone and its condition, then set a price. Wait for offers to come in, and when the price is right set up a meeting and you’ll have money to spend.

For easy and direct transactions, you can turn to online tech recyclers to sell your tech for money. Fill up an online form, send the item in and wait for them to receive it. You get fast cash and a straight appraisal right away.

 

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Dressing for Lapland – what to wear

After writing this post on our guide to our Lapland DIY trip last year, I received a lot of messages on dressing for Lapland. Even some asking where fluffy pjs were a necessity! In this post ill go through what we wore and where we got the items.

I think it easier to put it all together in one post as I know before we went I did a lot of research to make sure the kids would be nice and toasty. For context we went end November into December so temperature range for us was -6 to -12 and there was snow.  Visit Finland has a brilliant informative video which is well worth a watch.

Ill focus on the kids but you can take it that adults broadly similar. However I did adopt the adult plus one thinking. As in what we wore plus a layer!

So…starting from the feet up.

  • Wool socks – a must! We went for pure wool, just one pair not too tight and they were prefect. I purchased our via Ali Express

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  • Boots – goes without saying. Comfortable and waterproof. Make sure to try on with your wool socks before you go! A family in the cabin next to us were left with too small boots with the socks on. Luckily they could rent the boots on site. Ours and kids were Campri from Sports Direct, purchased this time last year in the sale.
  • Thermals – Don’t scrimp on these as you will were them all the time. Again try before you go. Kids wore Reima and were fantastic, soft and a great fit
  • Regular top/ long sleeve t – shirt  – self explanatory!
  • Fleece – This was the kids extra layer, myself and the Dada Fairy didn’t seem to need this layer but the kids did and both had hooded fleeces from Reima, again, couldn’t fault the quality and functionality.
  • Jacket – As with the boots this is your first line of defence! Ensure its a good fit accounting for the extra layers and it has a good hood and waterproof! Kids again had Reima and the jackets were exceptional. The fit, the hoods and the ability to withstand the temperatures at -12 and not a moan or a groan. No mean feat for my kids who leave the heat. Yes they are a little pricey but you get what you pay for and I really didn’t want to go all that way for the kids not to enjoy due to the cold which they weren’t accustomed to. The kids wore the jackets all winter here and was sorry to retire them to next year. They are safely put away until our adventures in December.
  • Ski trousers – As with the jacket, these are a necessity. There is snow! Kids being kids love to roll in it, make snow angels etc! They will get wet! And nobody wants to sitting in wet clothes. Kids decked out again in Reima no leaks, no wet trousers, no moans. Full marks from us.
  • Hats/ snoods – Very important, particuarly the snood and your neck can be exposed and the skin there is quite light and can really feel the cold. All of ours from Regatta

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Our Favorite Places for Virtual Reality in Tukwila

It seems like you’ve been hearing about virtual reality for a long time, whether in the news or in sci-fi movies. Maybe it’s all your kids are talking about, or perhaps you’ve developed a curiosity about it yourself. It may surprise you that this technology has been around for a few decades, even though it didn’t become widespread and commercially available until just several years ago.

The first modern VR headset was invented in the late 1960s. Early VR projects were built out of scientific curiosity, or for practical purposes, such as training pilots. These projects were heavy and bulky. Plus, they weren’t available for the public to use, unless you happened to be invited into a scientific computer lab. Although technology advanced over the years, VR headsets as we know them today only entered the mainstream in 2017. So compared with other long-time favorite activities you’ve enjoyed at our Family Fun Center, VR seems pretty futuristic. But that’s what makes it exciting!

New technology is inspiring. Imagine what the future can bring.

VR Around the World

Indeed, many computer scientists and engineers all over the world are taking this technology to greater heights and creating cool new experiences for people that wouldn’t have been possible even five years ago.  In southern Australia, for example, a museum allows you to take virtual tours of nature. Slip on a pair of goggles, and you can go swimming along the Great Barrier Reef. You can even get up close with prehistoric animals. What child wouldn’t want to reach out and touch ancient ocean creatures?

At a Copenhagen theme park, guests have the option of getting fitted with VR headsets before riding a roller coaster. Instead of riding a “boring” old roller coaster, you can fly up and down hills, ducking from dragons and demons along the way. Talk about adding a few thrills to the ride!   In Beijing, a whole virtual reality theme park is being prototyped. What looks like an empty space when you’re standing in the room by yourself, suddenly turns into a place where you can battle monsters and travel through time once you put your headset on.

And video game companies are starting to come out with VR systems you can use right in your own living room. This can bring the whole family into the mix and give grandma and grandpa a chance to check out the technology at the same time as the grandkids.   Since it’s a new technology, home systems can be pretty expensive; they aren’t for every family on the block. Also, they aren’t as immersive as what you can find at entertainment centers, as the technology has been broken down to be more suitable for home use.

But don’t worry if Australia, Denmark, and China are too far away, or if you’re not in the market for VR in your own living room. We know where you can experience virtual reality in Tukwila for a fraction of the cost.

VR Challenge at the Family Fun Center

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At the Family Fun Center, we offer our VR Challenge attraction. Come play our newest Star Defense VR experience. Just put on the headset, and we’ll have you and your family protecting the universe against drones that are threatening to take over the earth.  When deciding to bring a virtual reality experience to you, we’ve gone with a system that will give you the best virtual experience possible. Why do we love our VR Challenge attraction so much?

It’s responsive, which makes you feel like you’re really a part of the action. Details like a vibrating motion floor system and responsive controllers help you feel like you’re somewhere else entirely.  It’s intelligent. The headsets and hand controllers we have in our VR experience are lightweight and wireless. The headset is easy to put on and wear. And you won’t get drawn out of the action by getting tangled up in wires, as you might have with older VR technology.

It’s also a benefit that our VR experience allows you to play in two ways: as an individual or along with other people. Our attraction allows for multi-player games so that you can work together with friends and family. Bring a whole group and experience it together!  We’re proud to offer state-of-the-art virtual reality in Tukwila. Be among the first in the Pacific Northwest to try it out! Note that you must be 52 inches or taller to enjoy the attraction.

6D XD Theater at the Family Fun Center

For those who don’t quite meet the height requirement, our 6D XD Theater is almost as immersive. You must be at least 44 inches tall to go on this attraction, and of course, teens and adults will also enjoy it.  Our XD Theater provides seats for up to 10 people, so your family and friends can have virtual adventures together.  Will you plunge into jungle river rapids only to find pirates along the way?  Will you have close-up encounters dinosaurs and try and escape from them?  Ride on a roller coaster, in a minecart, or fly with a jetpack?

Or try to rescue a baby rhino?

No matter which adventure you go on, you’ll be immersed in the action. The special seats in our theater move with the action of the film. You’ll also experience special effects like wind, lightning, and other weather. Surround sound tops off the immersion. It puts you into the action like no other movie you’ve seen.   We currently have eight different shows, meaning you can experience this attraction multiple times and never get bored. Even if you take in the same show multiple times, it’s never the same experience. You’ll be whisked off to a new land with new players, new ideas, and new choices. This is truly one family experience that never gets old.  The Family Fun Center is just one of our favorite places to easily experience virtual reality in Tukwila.

No matter whether you choose to experience our state-of-the-art VR Challenge here in Washington, or if you choose to travel the world and visit other innovative VR experiences currently offered, they will allow you to escape the everyday and go on fantastic adventures.

Where will you end up next?

 

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Is Buying Gold Nuggets a Good Investment for Your Family’s Future

Gold nuggets are widely considered to be excellent investments for the future, so the short and simple answer to the question as to whether they are a good investment for your family would be yes. However, since you have this question, it is quite likely that you are not familiar with making investments in gold, therefore, do go through the following to make sure you don’t end up getting cheated.

How Do You Know What You Are Buying is Original?

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There is only one way to be absolutely sure if a gold nugget you are buying is really genuine and not some man-made, artificial lookalike, and that is that there is a requirement for the nugget/nuggets to have a Certificate of Authenticity from Orocal accompanying them.   Just in case you are not aware, Orocal is the premier name in the natural gold industry, which is why its certificates of authenticity hold the highest value in the business.

As all gold Nuggets by Grant come with the Orocal Certificate of Authenticity, buying from them directly would definitely be a way to make sure that whatever you are buying is genuine and will have actual investment value down the line.

Nuggets By Grant is able to source its gold directly from mines in Alaska, Canada and Australia, mainly due to the close connection Grant has with Orocal, which is another reason why the company has managed to maintain an excellent reputation in the business.

Nuggets By Grant has a very dependable and friendly customer support team, so talk with them first to know what size and kind would be right for you, before investing.

The Grades to Avoid

When you are investing in gold nuggets, it is important that you pay attention to the grade. Common grade and melt grade nuggets are the ones to avoid, even though they are certainly not duplicates.

The problem is that whether the gold price is appreciating or depreciating, the common grade and melt grade nuggets do not fare nearly as well as jewellery-grade or investment grade gold nuggets.

What are Collectible Grade Gold Nuggets?

Aside from the common, melt and jewelry/investment grades, gold nuggets also come in collectable grades, which is an inbetweener grade with variable value.  Collectable grade gold nuggets have slight mineralization from the host rock, which gives it an aesthetic appearance. While they are not as high-value in terms of pure gold price, they do have excellent collectors’ value, setting them only next to jewelry grade nuggets in terms of price.

When you see a gold nugget which is so beautiful, big and rare that it looks like something that should belong to a museum, it probably already is in a museum! If by any chance it’s not a fake, and you can afford one, rest assured that you have landed on a gold mine, in more ways than one.

Museum grade nuggets appreciate both with the value of gold, as well as in their potential collectors’ value, as long as they are authentic of course. Have the nugget lab tested if you are making a significant investment in one though, just to be sure.

 

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Business Ideas for Women That Want to Support Moms

Are you looking to take a leap of faith and go into business for yourself? Does the lure of flexible hours, working from home, and a better work-life balance peak your interests? Lots of women are making the transition into becoming their own boss for those very reasons. To be successful, however, they must come up with a business idea, product, and/or service that appeals to a large audience.

Fortunately, you don’t have to look very far to determine which people need the most help. As a mother yourself, you know the undue amount of pressure that moms are always under. You somehow manage to get through each day, but what if there were businesses out there that could make your lives easier?  What if there were businesses run and operated by women who can relate to and want to help you find balance? If you’re interested in helping fellow moms everywhere, these products and services can turn into profitable business ideas.

Mommy Blogger

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Women are always searching the internet with the hopes of finding relevant information on parenting. From learning how to reduce stress to tips on how to design a nursery or parent a teen, blogs are often their first stop. If you’re good at writing compelling content that women can relate to, this is a simple business idea to start.

You can create a blog specifically for moms that touches on topics ranging from health and wellness to terrible twos and teenage drama. You can monetize your blog by doing an affiliate marketing of valuable products and services women should use or selling blog space for advertisements.

Mobile Massage Therapist

If you have prior training as a massage therapist or have the time and financial resources to return to school for the proper certifications, you could start a great business. What mom doesn’t need to take more time to pamper herself? The only problem is finding a way to squeeze it into her schedule. As a mobile massage therapist, however, you would go to her. You can provide her with therapeutic services that include facials and massages to relax her mind and body.

Since you’ll be mobile, there aren’t many startup costs. You can find an affordable massage table for sale along with fresh linens, oils, stones, and other supplies you’ll need to provide her with the full spa experience. After just one session with you, chances are she’ll be reaching out to her friends and relatives in no time to pass along the word.

Babysitter

Babysitting isn’t just a summer job for teens, it can be a pretty lucrative business idea for women who want to support other moms. There’s always a need for trustworthy individuals to watch your kids. Whether they’re at home sick, have a scheduled day off from school, or you have something you’d like to do without the kids, it’s great to know you have someone reliable to call on.

You can offer babysitting services to women in your neighborhood. Offering to watch the children before school, on school holidays, when they’re sick, after hours, or weekends is great as this is when moms often need the most assistance.

House Cleaning or Organizing

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Are you great at doing household chores? Perhaps you’re very well-organized? If so, you could offer your services to mothers everywhere. Cleaning and getting organized, unfortunately, tend to fall to the bottom of the list when you’ve got your hands full. Before long, everything is in disarray and you can’t find anything you need.

You can offer cleaning services to women in the area or consult and help moms to get their house more organized by helping them to purge items, invest in organizational items, and so forth.

Moms are strong, willing, multitaskers, but even they could use a helping hand. If you’re thinking of starting your own business, truly there is no better demographic to cater to. As you can see from the above business ideas, there are a lot of ways to assist mothers in their day to day lives. From calming them down with a soothing massage to getting their homes organized and sanitized, your services will certainly be appreciated – and used time and time again.

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Tips For Parents Whose Kids Want a Puppy

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Puppies, kittens and other furry creatures are tremendously appealing, and children are often very enchanted by the idea of having their own real-life cuddly toy. The only problem is that a puppy isn’t a cuddly toy, which is why lots of parents either refuse to get a pup, or get one without realising the work involved, and regret their decision.

That doesn’t mean that having a pet is a bad idea; in fact, growing up with animals is socially, emotionally, and physically good for kids. The issue is being prepared and knowing what you’re taking on, and that the kids – as far as is reasonable – take responsibility for the animal as well.

Puppy or dog?

Puppies are undeniably cute, but they’re a great deal more work than an adult dog as they’ll need house training, socialising and obedience training. If you have the time, and are either knowledgeable yourself or have someone who can help you, then a puppy isn’t out of the question. You do need to make sure you have the facilities, time, and patience to cope with a puppy as well as remember that they won’t be that cute little bundle of fluff for very long!

What breed of dog?

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Big dogs start off as small puppies, so don’t make the mistake of buying a pup without knowing how big it’s going to get. A smaller dog won’t necessarily be easier to train, however, and some small breeds are very excitable and bouncy, so finding out as much as you can about the breed you have in mind is well worth the time. You should go for a dog with a calm temper who can cope with the noise and disturbance young children create.

What facilities do you need?

Dogs need space, shelter, food, and companionship. If you’re going to be out all day leaving the dog at home alone, that’s a recipe for an unhappy hound, and you should look at a pet that doesn’t need you around so much, like a cat. If you’re out for a few hours for part of the day, then an even-tempered dog with plenty of home entertainment (bones, toys, and if possible a dog flap so they can get outside) should be fine.

How do you care for a dog?

Different breeds may need different kinds of attention; for example, a long-haired breed needs regular grooming and trimming. If you want a long haired dog and don’t have the time or skills to keep it clean and tidy yourself, you’ll need to take it for regular dog grooming appointments. Otherwise, its coat will become scruffy and matted, causing discomfort and skin disease.

A reputable breeder, rescue centre, or your vet are the best places to ask for advice on feeding and care, and your vet is an invaluable source of support for your dog’s routine health needs as well as being there for emergencies.

Dogs bring life and light to a home, and children who grow up with dogs gain many advantages from the experience. Having a dog can be a blessing, as long as you know what you’re doing and you can provide for all the dog’s needs.

 

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Building a Life around Helping Others: Learn How to Become a Professional Caregiver in 5 Steps

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Have you ever thought about becoming a caregiver? Do you have what it takes to be one? Caregiving is a rewarding profession, but it can be more challenging than anyone could have ever imagined. If you have never done it full time, you may be surprised at how challenging and exciting caregiving can be. You could be an excellent cook back at home and love to make meals for everyone in your family, but even so, that does not mean you are meant to be a chef. Becoming a caregiver will require preparation and knowledge in a variety of things. Here are some steps to consider when you are planning to become a professional caregiver.

  1. Consider What Motivates You

Before you can set your journey into this profession, you need to know why you want to become a caregiver. Do you have the traits and interest to make you successful in the job? If not, you need to consider a different profession.

  1. Ask for Feedback

Once you are confident that this is what you want to do, you can talk to a professional caregiver so you can learn about the money and time investment in education. You can also ask about the salary range and career trajectory. Additionally, you may consider volunteering at a reputable organization to get a sense of the working environment as well as the challenges and rewards.

  1. Explore the Options Available

If you are determined to be a professional caregiver, you can attend classes on caregiving to learn the basics. Consider starting as a companion through companies such as FreedomCare which offers caregiving support. You can also apply to work at a home care agency because a good number of these organizations offer training in this field. Moreover, you can look for organizations that offer seminars, workshops, and classes for those who want to become professionals in the field of caregiving.

  1. Get Training or Degree

While having a degree is not necessarily a requirement when you want to become a caregiver, training is imperative when you are looking for clients to work with. There are some colleges that offer training courses for those looking to become caregivers. Take a relatively fast course and get the certification you need to become a reputable service provider. You can search the internet for different courses in home health aide and nurse assistant training within your area of residence. If you decide to advance to a degree, you can pursue nursing, certified nursing assistant, or the licensed practical nurse.

  1. Determine Salary

Before you can decide to become a fully-fledged caregiver, make sure you are comfortable with the salaries offered. Salary payments usually vary with facility, location, and degree. When you want to make the most from this profession, you can search for jobs that allow you to work directly with a facility or family since you will not be working through an agency that charges a fee on your salary.

Final Word

The above are five steps you can consider when you want to become a professional caregiver. Commitment makes it possible to succeed in this profession. If you are not committed to what you do, it will be challenging to become the professional you want to be.

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What to Expect When You Bring Your New Puppy Home

Very few things are cuter than a puppy, and if you’ve just brought one home, you’re going to have hours of fun and cuddles. As your puppy gets bigger, you’ll be able to take your pal hiking, playing in the park, swimming in the sea and enjoy having them sat on your lap while you’re watching the TV. Before then, however, be prepared for a certain amount of work and commitment. There’s a serious side to being a puppy parent and it starts as soon as you bring them home.

Puppy Proofing Your Home

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The hard work starts before you bring your puppy home because you have to make sure your home and yard are puppy proof. Anything that’s unsafe or off-limits needs to be put out of reach and you need to check for things that might be temptingly chewable. Loose items such as shoes, clothing, plants, and decorations should be kept off the floor. Any hanging material, such as drapes and tablecloths should be secured or removed altogether.

Your puppy’s tail can be very dangerous, particularly if it’s wagging all the time. Make sure any expensive ornaments or fragile decorations are kept up high. Hazardous materials should be locked securely away.

In the yard, check the fencing for any inviting escape routes and block access to the pool and other hazardous areas. Clear away garden hoses, tools, and plastic toys. It’s vital you’re able to create a safe and welcoming environment for your new arrival.

Getting in Supplies

You’re going to need some supplies for the big day. Puppy food is the most obvious, but there are several other things you’ll need to have close and handy. Lots and lots of newspaper is essential as it’s going to take a while for them to be potty trained. Dishes for food and water and a mat to protect the floor underneath are also important.

For the first few months at least you’re going to be training your puppy, so make sure you’ve got lots of puppy treats for rewards. Your puppy will need somewhere comfortable to sleep and a collar and leash for their experiences outside. Having a chew toy can help prevent them from chewing your favourite shoes or the coffee table.

What to Expect for the First Few Weeks

The first few weeks your new puppy spends with you at home are important. They’re going to be overwhelmed with all the new experiences at first, so introduce them to things slowly. If you’re planning to use doggy day care London services, this is also a great time to get your new puppy used to new faces, people and experiences.

Teach your kids to be gentle with the new arrival and not to snatch toys from their mouth or look directly into their eyes as this could be considered aggressive. Until everyone is better acquainted, it’s probably best if puppy and younger members of the family aren’t left alone. Toilet training is the first important hurdle to overcome, and this is going to require patience on your part.

In the first few weeks, it’s also a good idea to take a trip to the vet so that puppy and veterinarian can get acquainted and your puppy can have a thorough check-up. Your vet will also be able to advise you on the necessary vaccinations.

 

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Top 4 ways to add value to your property

Are you planning to rent out your property? Before doing so, you should consider updating your property to ensure it appears attractive to tenants. This not only increases tenant demand, but it also enhances your property’s prospects, allowing you to up the rent and helping you receive excellent returns on your investment.  There are several ways to add value to your property. Here are a few ideas which will help you enhance your property and achieve success as a property investor.

Enhance room decor

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Is your living room or bedroom looking a bit worse for wear? This will be off-putting to a lot of tenants; therefore, you should make sure every room in your house looks presentable before advertising it. This may just mean applying a new layer of paint, which will cost you next to nothing but will give your property a well-needed revival. On the other hand, it may be that you need to undertake a complete renovation, including new flooring, wallpaper, and furnishing. While this may cost more, the changes will be worthwhile in the long run, as your property will be much more appealing.  If you’re struggling for decor inspiration, you should take a look at the stylish north-west developments backed by property investment specialists, RW Invest. These properties lead the way in modern decor design, with contemporary furnishings that generate a massive amount of interest from landlords and tenants.

Perform necessary repairs

There is nothing more off-putting to tenants than a damaged property, as the reason people to choose to rent is so that they avoid the responsibilities associated with owning a home. To avoid scaring away tenants, you should make sure that everything in the property is functioning and well put together. For example, it is vital that any structural problems are fixed by a professional to make the property as safe as possible, while also preventing it from looking like an eyesore.

You should also check every inch of the house to ensure that nothing is broken, especially if you’re renting out a furnished property. This could include white goods, furnishings, and any electrical fixtures which may need to be restored or replaced.

Improve heating systems

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A property’s central heating system is one of the most important elements. Therefore, you must do what is necessary to ensure it is working efficiently. If the heating system or the boiler is faulty, you should seek help from a professional, unless you’re qualified to fix it yourself. This will ensure that everything is running smoothly when your tenant moves in.

There are further steps you should take to ensure your home is efficiently heated, such as sealing or replacing any doors or windows to prevent cold entering the property. You should also consider updating your insulation, as this will not only keep the cold out but will also retain heat, meaning the heating will be used less which will result in reduced energy bills.

Update your exterior

Boosting your property’s kerb appeal is one of the most effective ways to add value. This is because it is the first thing that your potential tenants will see, and if this looks aesthetically-pleasing, their interest will increase. To start, you should sort out your garden, whether that is in the front, back, or both. To improve your green space, you should rip out any weeds, fix fences, and add colourful florals to make your garden more appealing.

Another way to update your exterior is by updating your front door, which may be the first point of focus for any tenants coming to visit your property. Therefore, you should make it stand out by using a bright colour like red or blue, which will highlight the entrance and make it look much more attractive. You could also consider implementing a porch, as this will frame the entrance making it look more homely and inviting.

 

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