12 June 2018

5 Things That Every Cabin Should Have

If you recently purchased a cabin for you and your family or plan to do so in the near future, there are certain furnishings that you’ll want to include. These items will provide greater comfort and convenience so that you’ll be able to enjoy your time in your cabin more. Here are five things that every cabin should have.

5 Things That Every Cabin Should Have

Additional Light Fixtures

The lighting inside a cabin isn’t always ideal, so you’ll want to add some extra light fixtures to keep yourself out of the dark. Table lamps and floor lamps that are powered with energy-efficient bulbs can keep the inside of your cabin well-lit at all times. You may also want to invest in a rustic chandelier to add to the d├ęcor.


Naturally, you’ll want to include the right log cabin furniture pieces for all your sitting, sleeping and lounging needs. Sofas, chairs and benches with rustic themes will make you feel right at home in your cabin. Bedding and rugs that feature images of nature will also add more appeal to your setting. You can spruce up your bathroom with a rustic walnut vanity or standing log toilet paper holder.

Surge Protectors

Power surges are likelier to occur in wilderness areas that don’t have access to the same power sources as in larger residential communities. Having surge protectors can save your electronics from getting damaged by unexpected power surges. These surge protectors may also help prevent total power blackouts from happening.

Food Growing Containers

You’ll be able to grow much of your own food inside containers instead of having to go grocery shopping at the nearest store as often. You can buy food containers that can grow many different vegetables and spices indoors, which will save your produce items from having to endure the harsh outdoor elements. Beans, potatoes and carrots are just a few of the foods that can be grown in indoor containers.

A Hot Tub

This isn’t a must, but a hot tub can make your time in the wilderness more serene. You’ll have the chance to soak in the warm bubbling water and relax after a long day of hiking, fishing or chopping firewood. You can install a hot tub on your cabin’s deck or inside your cabin if you have enough space.

Your cabin can be made into a much homier environment with the right furnishings. These items will be the perfect additions to your cabin and will add further appeal to your wilderness abode.

Brace Yourself! How to Break It to Your Kids That It’s Time to Move

The age of your kids will dictate the manner in which you start the conversation about your move. Depending on their level of attachment, it will also determine how difficult this conversation will be for you. Here are some of the ways that you can break the news of moving to your kids.

Simple and StraightforwardSet aside enough time to discuss your big move as a family. Don’t leave wiggle room in your verbiage in which your kids think that it’s open for debate. Be straightforward and matter of fact. This will limit the amount of argument that you experience. Allow your kids to ask questions about how this will affect them. They need to be assured that you’ve thought about the impacts to their lives.

Provide Opportunities for ClosureGive your kids a chance to say goodbye to all of the things that they love about your home and neighborhood. This may mean that you let them know about the move as soon as possible. Plan on throwing a goodbye party or dinner so that they have a chance for closure. This is especially important for kids to be able to move forward. You want them to be able to fit into their new life. This would be made harder if they weren’t willing to let go of their old lives.

Give Contact SolutionsLet your kids know that they can still talk to their old friends. You don’t want them to think that they have to make a clean break. It will take time for them to make new friends. Giving them the opportunity to talk to their old friends is one way to ease this transition. You may want to set up opportunities where they can chat online or via video. This may make your life a little easier as you’re all settling into your new home.

Drum up InterestGet online and research all of the fun things that will be available after you move. This could be that you look into activities and their schools. Another thing to look into is any location attractions that might be available. Show your kids the research that you’ve done so that they understand that you’re serious about the move. If there are pictures of your new home, let your kids select their rooms before you arrive. You may want to allow them to select the colors for their rooms to help personalize them.

Moving will be hard on the whole family. Look into long distance moving companies to help your through the process of getting to your new home.

11 June 2018

My Medicine Cabinet’s Jack of All Trades: Baltic Amber

When I started my family, I knew that I didn't want to have my children back to back. I wanted to be able to enjoy each one's infant stage and hopefully get them out of diapers and into school before bringing another into the world. While I had prepared for what that would be like on most days, I didn't realize how exactly I was going to juggle several stages of life at once. 

My Medicine Cabinet’s Jack of All Trades: Baltic Amber

When we welcomed our third child into our family, we already had an 11 year old and a four year old. We had football practices, pre-k concerts, as well as getting through everyday life, and now we were adding an infant's schedule to it. To say the least, I was overwhelmed and under prepared. I no longer carried a diaper bag around, I carried my entire house. 

I was up late one night feeding the baby when I was looking for ways to declutter my diaper bag and home. I came across an article about cleaning up your medicine cabinet and thought that was the perfect place to start. With children of all age ranges, I had to have three of everything. 

What my pre-teen could take my four year old and infant could not. My baby was too young to even give OTC medication to, but when he was old enough, I would have to add additional medication on top of what I already had. The article named some things I had either already tried and were unsuccessful with or things that I wasn't interested in trying. However, at the very end of the article I found a recommendation for Baltic amber teething necklaces. 

Raw Multi 4 Color Baroque Amber Teething Necklace

I did some more research and much to my surprise they were not just for teething babies like I had once assumed. In fact, Baltic amber can be used by the whole family for multiple reasons. Amber contains a substance called succinic acid, which is basically nature's anti-inflammatory. In recent years, scientist have also found that it's a potent antioxidant, making it the perfect everyday multivitamin. 

When amber is worn, your body will heat the bead, allowing for this succinic rich oil to seep through the beads surface and absorb into your body's bloodstream. Once absorbed, people have reported to feel it's anti-inflammatory effects almost immediately. From backaches, headaches, menstrual cramps, and everything in between-- Baltic amber makes the perfect addition to any family because of it's versatility. 

I ordered a necklace from http://BalticWonder.com/ for everyone, making sure to only purchase polished beads for the younger children. This is because the porous surface of the raw beads have been shown to cause irritation to young children's skin. Once our necklaces arrived, we put them on immediately. 

My eleven year old suffers from low immunity and because of that frequently gets common colds. My husband broke his back in 1989 and hasn't been able to go one day without back pain since. The rest of us are wearing our necklaces for preventative reasons and I'm hoping that we miss flu season this year! 

After a couple of days, I asked my husband how his back was feeling. He told me that not only has he been sleeping better than he has in decades, but he has an improved range of motion as well! I took that as a good sign and we continued to wear our necklaces. 

I'm happy to report that six months in, no one has had a cold and my youngest recently cut his first tooth without so much as a whimper. I am so pleased with how these necklaces have benefited not only our family, but our medicine cabinet space. My diaper bag is no longer a pharmacy and I have been able to cut medication out of our daily lives completely! 

If you're wondering what amber can do for you and your family, order a necklace today and see the magic of Baltic amber!

Road Trip With The Kids

If you’ve ever seen the film, RV, with Robin Williams that encapsulates the sense of adventure and bonding to be had on a family road trip together with the bumps in terms of family arguments that can happen along the way.

Whilst flying can often be much cheaper and more convenient with budget airlines able to transport you and your family in a fraction of the time it would take to drive, that said, flying as a family can be somewhat hasslesome and there’s a certain independence, freedom and sense of adventure that comes with taking a road trip. It’s also a great way to travel with your pets, as often, we want our family pet to enjoy a vacation too.

However, family road trips aren’t without their challenges. There’s always going to be a challenge when people are crammed into a small space for hours on end, with little to do, but often the trip is worth the destination. The list below provides five ways to cope with a road trip with the kids, but there’s one overarching principle that is potentially the most helpful, which is to focus on the fun you’ll have at the destination.

See, nobody likes to sit in a car for hours on end, it’s not really something to get excited about, whereas if you shift your focus to thinking about the best dance classes, waterparks, and other activities your kids will love once they arrive - it’ll keep people’s focus on a more positive thing than being trapped in a car for long periods of time.

Here’s five tips to help you cope with a road trip with the kids:

It’s a good idea to plan a route that is punctuated with some interesting stops along the way, particularly if you’re going on a long trip. Driving straight down the freeway might be the most efficient way to get to your destination, but it’s not much fun, and spending hours in a car with no breaks isn’t just boring but it can also be unsafe - so make plenty of stops along the way to break the journey up into more manageable chunks.

You’ll want to ensure your kids have plenty of engaging activities that don’t require adult participation - whether that’s watching a film or simply having a colouring book; anything to avoid the age old game of iSpy.

Equally important is that the adults have something to keep them entertained too; most likely in the form of a good playlist or an audiobook.

One of the best ways to keep travel sickness at bay is to eat little and often throughout the journey. This is also important in terms of keeping a positive mood.

A great Spotify playlist can make all the difference to a trip; whether you choose to turn your car into a karaoke machine or simply listen to some of your favourite tunes, a good road trip playlist will make the time fly by.

Coping with Chickenpox

Chickenpox is something that parents dread. But, it’s something that most children get. Even those children that have been vaccinated can suffer from chickenpox during their childhood. It’s a very contagious disease, which spreads quickly and comes in many strains, making it hard to entirely protect against. But, it’s still important to consider the immunization as it can help to protect high-risk children and even if your child does contract the virus, their symptoms are likely to be less server.

But, vaccinated or not, if your child does contract chicken pox, it can be unpleasant. Some children get a few spots that are mildly itches and no other symptoms. Others can be completely covered in large blisters that itch and are uncomfortable or even painful. They can suffer from a high temperature, sore throat and other cold-like symptoms. They can have difficulty sleeping, and their spots can turn into unpleasant scars. This can be especially difficult for younger children who struggle to explain how they are feeling or ask for things that might help them. Here are some tips to help you to cope.

See a Doctor

If your child’s symptoms are severe, and especially if they’ve been vaccinated, it’s a good idea to see a doctor to confirm the diagnosis. They may also be able to prescribe medication to help manage the symptoms.

However, as chickenpox is very contagious and can be dangerous for at-risk groups, you shouldn’t take your child into the doctor’s surgery. Instead use pediatric care online for advice without leaving the house.

Keep them Cool

Whether your child has a fever or not, you should try to keep their skin cool. Overheating will make the blisters itch more and become sore. Especially those in skin rolls and around joints. Dress them in loose, cotton clothing or let them walk around in just a nappy when you can. Use light blankets, keep the windows open and cool their skin by applying a moisturizer you’ve kept in the fridge.

Oat Baths

Oats can be wonderfully soothing for sore and itchy skin. Bath your child in lukewarm water, with oats mixed in. Let your child bathe for as long as they like if it comforts them.

Try Creams

Chamomile lotion used to be recommended to decrease itching, but you may not find it effective. Your pharmacy will have gels, creams and ointments, but whether or not they work will depend on your child. Try a simple E45 cream, cooled in the fridge before buying expensive creams that may not be effective.


Antihistamines can work to reduce itching and redness. Look for a mild child safe medicine that doesn’t cause drowsiness. Ask your pharmacist for help.

Get Out

You shouldn’t take your child to school or nursery until their blisters have scabbed over and are no longer contagious. But, being trapped in the house for what could be weeks is can make parenting hard and drive everyone crazy. Take your child out for a drive or put them in the pram for a walk around when it’s quiet out. Get out of the house for a bit when you can. Fresh air and a change of scenery can make you both feel better.