When a baby is on the way, knowing what to purchase in order to be prepared for the little one can feel totally overwhelming! But, as a mom of twins, let me just tell you right now: you WILL need a stroller!
You will quickly find that a stroller will be one of your most frequently used baby items. Every walk around the neighborhood, cross-country road trip, and everything in between will require that trusty stroller. This is a purchase that you will definitely want to put some thought into! Before jumping in, take a moment to ask yourself what to look for when buying your stroller.
With so many options to choose from, it’s important that you understand the difference between stroller types.
Standard strollers are known as being more long-lasting and durable, perfect if you’re planning on having multiple kids and holding onto it for a while. However, they are also known for being a bit bulky and difficult to transfer from place to place. This is great for around the neighborhood, but not necessarily ideal for travel.
This is the ideal stroller option for active parents. These are designed specifically to be used while jogging and running and have plenty of storage space and additional features. However, jogging strollers are quite bulky and take up a lot of space when folded up. Keep this in mind in your consideration.
I know, I know, this isn’t typically a topic we cover here on The Road to Domestication. But I figured in the in the middle of all of this COVID-19 mess that we’re currently experiencing, I know MANY folks who have lost their jobs. Thought I might try to at least be a little helpful in that regard! So if YOU are one of those folks, stay strong and read this post! I hope with all my heart you find it helpful!
Career planning is essential if you wish to progress professionally. If you’re currently stuck in a position that isn’t giving you job satisfaction or believe you’re not getting the chance to progress as quickly as hoped, it may be time you come up with a plan of action to advance your career. At this stage, you may be unsure how to get out of your daily rut and secure the job of your dreams. This guide will provide some useful pointers on how to take your career to the next level. Take a look at just a few helpful hints below.
Create goals and a time frame
Before you can work out how you’re going to advance your career, you’ll need to come up with a set of goals and an allocated time frame. Without the pressure of hitting a deadline, you’ll be less likely to meet your goals as soon as you had hoped. A time frame will allow you to keep track of your progress and put the fire in your belly to achieve.
If you look up the phrase “the American dream” I’m pretty sure there’s a Visa or a MasterCard logo right there next to it. And if one of them isn’t represented, then it’s a company trying to convince you that you need a personal loan in order to live your best life. And if THAT isn’t distracting enough, there are now what seems like a million retailers waving “buy now pay later” promises in your face, and debt overall just kinda seems…normal.
Well, I’ve never been one to be…normal. (No comments on THAT little revelation, folks, okay?!)
In all seriousness, a couple years ago, my husband and I realized that we were in a BAD spot when it came to debt, and we didn’t even have the American dream to blame. Life had just kinda…happened…and we hadn’t been prepared for it, so we fell back on lines of credit and pieces of plastic, and the results turned into something that was simply not for us. We knew we had to get out. And guess what? WE DID.
When it comes to our gift list this Christmas, we always try to do one “experience” gift for the whole family! So far we’ve done season passes to the zoo, to Busch Gardens and to our local aquarium. And for some reason, the girls REALLY took to the aquarium. Our passes have been expired for a few months now, and they ask almost weekly to go back!
For many people, particularly families traveling, aquariums can, in and of themselves be a reason to visit a particular location. And aquariums are great for parents and children alike. When you take your children to an aquarium, it allows them to see first-hand different animals and habitats. It expands their minds beyond what they see in their everyday world.
Aquariums can also be a good place to learn about protecting the environment and the effects our behaviors have on the world around us, plus many aquariums provide opportunities for interactive and hands-on learning.
If there’s one problem that us humans never fail to solve, it’s being bored. These days, most people who find themselves with nothing to do end up binging Netflix, browsing Instagram, or playing Xbox. While you are obviously free to do with your spare time as you please, it’s worth considering how excessive media consumption can affect your life.
In a 25-year study of over 3,200 people, participants who watched television for more than three hours per day performed worse on cognitive tests than those who spent less time behind the screen. Another study of 11,000 teenagers found that girls who use social media were more likely to suffer from poor sleep quality and depression.
But let’s not get too morbid here. You’ve come this far, which means that you’re interested in finding fun and frugal ways to spend your free time. Fortunately, your options are wide in variety and plenty in number. And if you’re anything like me, and sometimes need a break from all things domestic, here are six ideas to help you get started.