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4 Essential Tips for Visiting Thailand With Your Family

While Thailand is one of the world’s most popular destinations, it isn’t always viewed as the best child friendly place in the world. However, this reputation is largely unwarranted and Thais are some of the most accommodating people you’ll meet. There’s more to Thailand than bars and partying and it can be one of the best destinations for families if you know what to look for. In this article, we’re going to give you a few tips when visiting the country with your family.

Buddah, Phuket, Thailand

Get a Direct Flight

You might think that a stopover might be a great way to save on your trip, but that could be a recipe for disaster if you’re travelling with kids. It just adds an unnecessary leg to the travel in each direction and the wait at stops can be difficult for the whole family. So, try to stick to direct flights only, even if it costs more.

Pick a Child Friendly Hotel

Choosing a hotel that is accommodating to kids is a must if you want everybody to be happy. The best kids friendly hotels will go much further than simply offering the basic amenities; they will also have activities and spaces to keep children entertained. Look for a hotel that will have a family friendly pool as well. Great hotels will organize excursions and adventures for kids and will have play rooms as well, so make sure that you look at everything the hotel you’re thinking of choosing has to offer before you make a decision.

Time Your Landing

If you can, try to book a flight that will allow you to land before bedtime. Arriving in the wee hours of the morning could be difficult on your kids and could ruin your first day there. Speaking of first days, try to use it for relaxation and for getting situated. Get aware of your surroundings and start planning your activities for the next days. This is not the time to visit the Grand Palace or to go on any of the crowd filled attractions on the city either, unless you want to have a tantrum on your hands.

Save Bangkok for Last

If you were thinking of visiting Bangkok, then it would be wise to wait until the end of the trip to do so. Bangkok can get hectic at times and can be a little much to absorb for kids who haven’t been accustomed to Thai culture yet.

As a matter of fact, if you’re only there for a short stay, we suggest you keep your destinations to a minimum. Moving around with kids can be taxing, and not all travelling options are as accommodating to kids, so if you want to keep a happy camp, keep the travelling to a minimum.

As you can see, travelling to Thailand with kids can easily be done once you have the basics down. Make sure that you follow the few tips in this article if you want to give your family a trip to remember, for the right reasons.

How to Prepare a Beautiful Flower Girl Look

Some of the cutest wedding outfits are those that your beautiful flower girls wear during your big day. Despite it being your wedding and everyone focusing on how great you look, eyes will also be on the smaller girls of the bridal party who walk the aisle in some fantastic dresses. But, you’ve got to be prepared when it comes to flower girls. Children have a very busy life with school and playing with their friends, but somewhere between all of that, you have to fit in multiple dress fittings to ensure the dress still sits perfectly and also decide on the whole look of the outfit. You may choose to have one flower girl or five, whatever you decide, you want them all to look their best! They’re a lovely addition to your girl squad, and they can be the center of your guest’s attention before you head down to meet your love.

Below we’ve put together some advice on how you should prepare a beautiful flower girl look. You have to consider everything before you purchase a dress and even after this, you need to choose accessories and their shoes too! Who knew there was so much to think about in terms of a flower girl!

The Role of a Flower Girl

The flower girl is a young child who will typically scatter flower petals down the aisle during a wedding ceremony. They are one of the first people to come down the aisle out of the bridal party, and you don’t just need to have one either. If you have a few little girls who want to fulfill the role, they can hold hands and do it together. Some older flower girls may not throw petals but assist the younger ones on where to go and sit after they’ve completed their role in the ceremony. Usually, flower girls are between 3 and 10 years old.

Decide the Bridesmaids Style and Color

The first step to preparing the flower girl look is to decide on the bridesmaid style and color, in traditional weddings their outfit matches either the bridal party or the bride herself. It’s very common for the flower girl to wear white so if you like a dress that’s ivory or cream in color, don’t worry, that’s totally acceptable! Most of the time, the flower girl matches the color of the bridesmaid’s dresses, but if you’ve chosen a dark color (such as navy or khaki), then you can go a shade or two lighter, so it doesn’t seem as heavy on their smaller bodies.

Be Mindful of Cost and Set a Budget

Before even looking at dresses you have to set yourself a budget, children’s outfits can be expensive, and you want something that is good value for money but doesn’t cost too much. Remember, they’re probably never going to wear it again, and throughout the day they may even get food and drinks spilled all over it. If you choose an affordable dress, then you won’t worry about accidents happening. JJ’s House is a good choice if you want to find cheap flower girl dresses, they have a range of colors and sizes. They also do bridesmaid dresses too with the same colors if you’re wanting everyone to match!

Consider the Wedding Season

We’ve briefly talked about colors, and they’re essential in the process of choosing a dress, darker colors typically correlate with the winter and fall seasons while the lighter colors work better during the summer and spring months. We particularly love yellows and pale greens during the spring and then pinks in the summer. It’s up to you what colors you choose.

Choose Suitable Accessories

Once the flower girl dresses have been chosen, then you can move on to the accessories and shoes. Younger girls shouldn’t wear high heels, but a little shoe should be excellent for them. Also, you could give them a cute necklace to wear, but if they’re young then you don’t want them to wear too much! They can look so cute in a new dress!

Millennials Are Turning to Social Media to Learn How to Invest

As more of the world’s business can be conducted online, millennials remain the most connected generation alive. Social media provides an active pulse for what’s happening in news, sports, entertainment, so why wouldn’t the same concept be true for investing? There are plenty of apps that feature robo-advisors to help young people make better investment decisions, but none of them operate as a social network for investors. StockTwits is the only service of its kind that features a focus on investing and teaching its increasingly younger audience the best practices for managing money.

What is StockTwits?

StockTwits started as an off-shoot of Twitter, implementing the dollar symbol ($) before stocks to include stock data in tweets. Since then, the service has morphed into its own platform that is no longer reliant on Twitter but operates much the same way. Users can sign up and create a profile to begin sharing their investing ideas. There’s a lot of chaff to wade through as plenty of people are pushing products and services on StockTwits, but plenty of legitimate day traders, swing traders, and hedge fund managers maintain active accounts for sharing their trading ideas.

How is StockTwits Used?

Users can create a stream of their own stock trading ideas to share with the community, tagging the relevant stocks so their information will show up on that stock’s feed. Most investors use the service to keep their ear to the ground for hot stock tips from major investors that tend to follow the same strategies. For example, hedge fund managers that love the day trading scene will be followed by both day and swing traders who are looking to make some cash from following a ‘celebrity’ investor’s plays. Investors who have confirmed their identity at a company are marked with a verified badge, much the same way Twitter verifies personal accounts.

Is it Valuable?

This question is pretty subjective, but the short answer seems to be yes. A recent interview with the StockTwits CEO revealed that the site’s most active users (52%) are young people between the ages of 18 and 34. These people are most likely to be investors in consumer stock companies like Snap, Apple, Etsy, and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. That interview revealed that only 20% of StockTwits’ users are age 45 or older, so it definitely trends toward the younger crowd.

Does it Help with Technical Analysis?

Remember that part where I mentioned people share all their wild ideas? There’s a lot of chaff there to pick through. Rosen himself admits that users share around 10,000 annotated charts a day. Some people share charts to support their opinion or oppose someone else’s, so there’s a lot of spirited debate about stock performance. Professional investors do keep an eye on the platform, but StockTwits should be viewed as more of a zeitgeist for the public opinion of a company rather than a true trading resource. Millennials are using it to discuss the performance of their favorite companies, even if they have no investment stake.

7 Tips For Safe and Healthy Labor and Delivery

Alt Title: How to Increase Your Chances of Having a Safe, Healthy Labor and Delivery

There’s no such thing as a “normal” labor or delivery experience. Every woman has a totally unique experience that’s affected by a litany of uncontrollable factors. However, for every element that’s outside of your sphere of influence, there are plenty of factors that you do have a say over. By making it a point to carefully address each of these issues, you can give yourself a far greater chance of enjoying a safe, healthy labor and delivery process.

7 Tips Expectant Mother’s Should Heed

There’s never been a safer time or place to deliver a baby than in 21st century America. Advances in medicine – as well as an increased understanding of how the female body works during childbirth – have made it extremely safe. However, there can still be issues for both mother and child.

For the mother, there are always issues that could potentially come with labor and delivery. These include infections, uterine ruptures, excessive bleeding, and a host of other issues.

According to Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., it’s not just the mother who needs to be carefully monitored during labor and delivery. Birth injuries don’t necessarily happen all the time, but they do occur. Some of the most common birth injuries for babies include collarbone fractures, brachial plexus injuries, spinal cord injuries, perinatal asphyxia, cerebral palsy, facial nerve palsy, intracranial hemorrhage, and extracranial injuries.

In order to increase your chances of having a healthy and safe labor and delivery, here are a few specific things you can do:

  1. Maintain a Healthy Diet

One of the best things for mother and baby is for the mother to stick to a healthy diet throughout the pregnancy – especially in the final trimester before delivery.

In addition to consuming plenty of fruits and veggies, starchy foods, protein, and dairy, be sure to avoid alcohol and other types of stimulants. It’s also advised to consume at least six to eight glasses of water per day.

  1. Take a Birthing Course

It might sound lame, but birthing courses are actually extremely helpful and practical – especially if this is your first child. These classes walk you through a variety of birthing options and techniques, while giving you a chance to ask questions and be surrounded by others who are going through the same experiences as you.

  1. Choose the Right Doctor

While it won’t always work out that your preferred doctor is on call when it’s time to deliver, you have the right to choose your doctor ahead of time. Select one who has a good track record, plenty of referrals, and a bedside manner that makes you comfortable.

  1. Get Plenty of Sleep

Getting plenty of sleep is very important to staying healthy and encouraging proper development of your baby. As your due date arrives, make sure you’re turning the lights off a little earlier and resting up.

  1. Avoid Late Ultrasounds (If Possible)

According to gynecologist Dr. Ruby Sehra, “Ultrasound testing done during the last month of pregnancy usually indicates macrosomia, which may instill unnecessary fear in the minds of doctor.”

Unless your doctor recommends it for a particular reason, it’s best to avoid ultrasounds late in the third trimester and to relax as your due date nudges closer.

  1. Stay Away From Birthing Stories

It’s only natural to want to hear and read birthing stories from other mothers. And while there are some pros to educating yourself on what happens during delivery, there are also some risks that stem from too much exposure. Too many horror stories will lead you to believe that something will go wrong in your labor or delivery, which could create unnecessary fear, anxiety, and stress. Instead, choose to subscribe to the theory of positive thinking.

  1. Have a Few Tricks Up Your Sleeve

It’s always good to have some birthing tricks and techniques up your sleeve. From different positions and breathing techniques to relaxation methods and coping mechanisms, practice will serve you well.

Push Aside the Expectations

When it comes to labor and delivery, you need to push aside any expectations or preconceived notions you have. Whether this is your first child or your fifth, each birthing experience is unique. By treating them as individual experiences, you can make smart, healthy choices that increase your chances of having a safe delivery.

 

4 Tips For Keeping Your Kids Safe In The Car

Kids love to be the center of attention, and they often accomplish that by being rambunctious, loud, and silly. Even though most of the time they’re being told to behave, it’s still attention. That kind of behavior isn’t always dangerous at home, but it can be inside of a vehicle. When you’re driving, you can’t intervene in an unsafe situation like you could at home.

Many drivers are also easily distracted by kids fighting or being silly, which sometimes leads to an accident. Accidents aren’t always the result of bad driving or unsafe vehicles. Even the most family-friendly subcompact SUVs can’t protect you from distractions.

Here’s how you can make sure everyone in your vehicle arrives safely at your destination:

1. Give your full attention to the road no matter what

Remember when you started learning how to drive and you weren’t sure you could reach over to turn the heater on and stay in your lane? That’s the level of attention you need to put on the road when transporting your kids. If your kids need to be tended to beyond spoken words, pull off the road and park before addressing the issue.

It doesn’t take more than a moment for an accident to occur. Maybe you’ve spent years turning around to tell your kids to behave without incident. The one time a pedestrian walks in front of your car, or an exhausted big rig driver crosses into your lane, you’ll regret it.

Truck accidents are responsible for 4,300 fatalities each year, and it’s not usually the passenger vehicle driver’s fault. Most of the time, truck drivers are under pressure from their boss to ignore laws. They’re overworked, exhausted, and on tight schedules they can’t meet unless they break the rules. When your eyes aren’t on the road, you can’t react to a truck creeping into your lane. When your attention is on the road, you’ll be more likely to spot a drifting truck in time to avoid an accident.

2. Don’t let your kids play with toys you confiscate at home

If you’ve had to confiscate certain toys from your kids in the house, don’t allow them into the car. The toys don’t need to be sharp and pointy to pose a danger. Anything that’s known to be a reason for your kids to fight, argue, complain, or act out should be left at home or packed into a bag they can’t reach.

3. Establish rules for car rides with consequences

It sounds silly, but if your kids are rambunctious, you may benefit from setting ground rules for car rides. For example, no screaming or kicking, if they want a window rolled down they need to ask the driver, don’t unbuckle anyone else’s seatbelt or car seat, and don’t throw anything into the front seat or at the driver’s head.

Remember to let them learn by experience. When rules are new, kids don’t always break them on purpose. They need time to adjust to modifying their behavior. On the first violation, ask them if they know what rule they violated. Give them a chance to think about it. When they recognize what they’ve done, let them know that’s the rule you asked them not to break, and explain the rule is for everyone’s safety.

If you want your kids to form a habit of thinking about the consequences of their actions, you’ve got to allow them to make the mistake and figure it out for themselves. On the second violation, they may have made an honest mistake, but they’ll know right away how they slipped up.

4. Always check the back seat when you exit your vehicle

Each year, about 40 kids under the age of 6 die after being left alone in a car. Most of them suffocate. The cause isn’t usually sinister. Some parents don’t realize how hot the inside of a car can get, and others forget their kids are in the car because they’ve changed their routine. It may have been okay to leave your kids in the car twenty years ago, but today it’s unacceptable. As this mom found out, bystanders pay attention and will contact police, even if you crack the windows on a chilly day and are gone for five minutes.

Develop a habit of checking the back seat before you exit your car. All it takes is a quick glance. You might think you’d never be one of those parents, but that’s what everyone says when it happens to them.