Saturday, July 28, 2012

Additional Travel Checklist For Holiday in Spain

Aside from your travel check-list knowing what the weather would be is also essential especially when you are traveling with children. Why? It is for a very simple reason, you do not want to bring the wrong clothes with you on a holiday! Spain however is lovely, but depending on the time of year and the area where you are going, Spain can be very cold in the winter and very hot in the summer. So as a parent, I would advise anyone traveling with children to check out the weather ahead of time before the going on a holiday, so you can bring clothes that are appropriate for the weather.

Now there are a few websites where you can check out Spain’s weather, but this spanish weather forecast is the most accurate one I have found, probably because it made especially for Spain’s weather! And the best thing about this is that you can check out the weather up to 14 days ahead of time, plus some very useful information about the area!

Now you got your weather appropriate clothing and Spain’s weather forecast, I would also like to share with you some of the things you might consider adding on your travel checklist. These are very handy if you are traveling with a child or a baby.

• A travel sickness medicine
• Your child’s blanket or favorite toy
• Sun screen lotion for kids- if the weather is hot.
• Insect repellents lotion or cream, or spray
• And children’s comics

When traveling with a baby, you will also need these things:
• Nappies
• Soothers
• Milk
• Bottles of milk
• Nappy cream
• Baby food

Good luck!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Preparing your child for school

My little Chloe will start primary school in September and as per advised on a new parents meeting, parents should help their children develop their independence. By doing so, it can help the child settles easily in school. Independence in such ways that they can:

• Wash their hands and faces
• Go to the toilet by themselves
• Eat properly
• Get dressed by themselves
• Put on their socks and shoes
• Use a handkerchief
• Tidy their toys and belongings
• Play and share toys with other children
• And say their name and address correctly

My little Chloe can do most of these things but to be honest, still struggle to change her clothes!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Family lifestyle changes to fight diabetes

I got this list off on a leaflet after taking a free diabetes test, luckily my blood sugar is ok, but was advice that following these lifestyle change in prevention or to help fight against diabetes.

1. Make sure you have three regular meals a day to help control blood glucose levels.
2. Eat carbohydrates with a low Glycaemic Index (GI), such as porridge, oats, beans, lentils and pasta (made from durum wheat).
3. Flavour foods with herbs and spices to help reduce your daily salt intake to less than 6g.
4. Choose diet or a no added sugar drink and squashes to help limit your intake of sugar.
5. Get your children to make their own healthy eating cookbooks for the family. You can usually get some of this stuff from the government’s health website or some organization campaign to fight diabetes.
6. When it is a lovely day, instead of meeting friends for a coffee, why not suggest going for a walk?
7. Get off two bus stops earlier and walk the rest of the way.
8. Join in with the kids’ activity. Kicking a ball around the park or just running around would also help.
9. Dance with the kids’ TV ads or while they are playing with the Wii.
10. Walk to the local shops and carry your shopping bag back instead of taking the car.

Now it might also help to know the symptoms or the signs of diabetes, so I am posting it as well with this blog post. I was told that once you or anybody you know has any of these symptoms below, call a doctor!

• Extreme thirst
• Passing urine more often than usual, especially at night
• Tiredness and fatigue
• Unexplained weight loss
• Genital itching or regular episodes of thrush
• Slow healing of cuts and wounds
• Blurred vision