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Child Car Seat Safety

From the morning school run and dragging the kids along on weekend errands, to road tripping days out and country-wide family visits, time in the car with your little one is inevitable. Making sure they stay safe in the car is not always easy, especially when they seem determined to come-a-cropper at every available opportunity. But there are of course things you can do to ensure a safe trip – and there are things your child can do to help, too. Check out our top five for child car seat safety.

  1. Correctly Fitted Harness

Buying a car seat is one thing, but do you know how to secure your child safely in place? Begin by placing the chest clip at arm pit level. Next, making sure the straps are over your little one’s shoulders, clip them in – make sure that you can only fit one finger between the strap and their chest.

  1. Fitting the Seat

This one is quite straight forward, but it’s important to mention nevertheless. Depending on the style of your car seat (i.e. the age of child the seat is designed for), the seat will come equipped with different slots through which to pull the car’s seat belt. If you are securing a child under the age of one or a child who is under the weight of 20lbs (see point 3. below), use the correct slots when facing the car seat to face the rear of the car. Once clipped in, make sure the seat belt cannot be pulled any tighter.

  1. Face Forwards/Backwards

Depending on the age of your little one, you will need to orientate the car seat to face either forwards or backwards. The rule is that children under the age of one year – or more accurately children under the weight of 20lbs – should ride with their car seat facing to the rear. This should always be placed on the back seat. Remember, children under the age of 12 should always ride on the back seat and not in the front passenger seat.

  1. Keep Hands in the Car

As adults, this one seems obvious. But children of 3 years and over have the ability to reach and lower the electric window. While it is unlikely that a passing vehicle would come close enough to make contact with any little arms sticking out of the side of your moving car, there is a hazard of bushes, twigs, and branches on tight bends and corners. Make sure to tell your children to keep their hands inside the car at all times.

  1. Booster seats

Booster seats are generally considered preferable to car seats in children between 40lbs-80lbs. Height must also be taken into careful consideration before choosing to ditch the car seat.

Worried that other parents may not be in the know about child car seat safety? Why not encourage your workplace or school coordinator to hang some potentially life-saving safety signs in visible areas where parents can quickly review the rules at a glance. For customisable design ideas, check out this amazing website.

Simple Wishes Hands Free Bra Review

Simple Wishes Hands free nursing braWhen you are a nursing mom, anything you can get or have that makes your life easier is necessary.  Especially a something that allows you to multi task while you have to spend all that time pumping. If you have nursed a baby you know that you just HAVE to pump if you want to every have the opportunity to leave the baby with someone else, and these days pumps have gotten more advanced. With those advancements in the pump we needed an advancement in a bra that would allow you to pump hands free. Luckily the Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra  is here to help.

The Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra ($39) gives moms the valuable gift of time by freeing up their hands for other tasks or allowing them to simply relax while using their breast pump. The patented design is adjustable in size, using high quality Velcro, to sustain a perfect fit over time as a nursing mother’s size changes. Straps and 1” Center Panel included to help achieve the perfect fit ! The Hands Free Pumping Bra comes in two colors. Black and Pink!

If you have used a pump you know how limited you are with your hands. You are pretty much stuck there holding both bottles while you pump. I personally used that time to try to watch some TV but if we are honest the noise of the pump makes that somewhat difficult. With the hands free pumping bra you are given your hands back. I think you have to be pretty masterful to walk around with it, but you definitely can have your hands to read, use your phone, or sit with another child who wants your attention.

When it comes to anything baby related, or nursing/maternity related I think we can all agree that most things aren’t necessities. But in my opinion your sanity is what is most important and if a product out there makes your life even the slightest bit easier I say it’s worth the dollars it costs to get it. $39 is a drop in the bucket to get some ease back in the rough pumping phase of motherhood.

I found this bra comfortable and easy to use. The Simple Wishes website (http://simplewishes.com/ offers a few bras to choose from so be sure to check them out! You will be happy to get your hands back!

Marriage and Bank Accounts – Separate, Joint, or Both?

Marriage brings about many changes. One such way in which life changes is in how finances are handled. Many newlyweds choose to share a bank account, while just as many opt to maintain separate finances. Which one is the better choice, though?

The Upside of Sharing a Bank Account

There are advantages to sharing a joint account with your spouse. Primarily, getting bills paid on time is much easier, because all of your cash is stored in the same place. This means you never have to guess as to how much you have to spend. Being aware of the full financial picture is essential for each partner to contribute to the marriage and to avoid accidental overspending.

Couples who do not share joint accounts often spend more money than they have. This leads to pressing debts that may make it necessary to borrow from a lender. While it’s good to know loans are available from sites like easychoicelenders.com, it’s far better to not need them in the first place. Instead, each partner gets access to a single joint account. This means they get their own checks and debit card, in addition to having the authority to deposit and withdraw funds.

Another advantage in sharing bank accounts is in having access to the funds in the event of an emergency. If one spouse dies or becomes ill in a way that renders him or her unresponsive, the other spouse still has access to their shared accounts. Where a couple does not have joint accounts, the surviving spouse may have to go through a lengthy court battle to get access to his or her partner’s separate accounts.

The Pros of Maintaining Separate Bank Accounts

There may be just as many advantages to maintaining separate bank accounts. For couples who marry later in life, they may prefer the independence of keeping their own bank accounts. For them, it isn’t an issue of trust as much as it is a point of doing things the way in which they have grown accustomed. They may just be more comfortable with their routine.
Additionally, studies have found that couples who maintain separate bank accounts fight less over money. This is partly because neither spouse feels compelled to defend his or her spending habits. In many cases, each person in a couple spends, but they may do it differently. By operating his or her own account, each spouse can be free to spend according to his or her own habits.

Finally, separate bank accounts may actually strengthen a relationship, because it forces more communication. Instead of one spouse simply paying the bills out of a joint account, the couple must work out how to spend and budget together. Each partner shares what he or she has and together they work out a plan to pay their debts.

In the end, it’s a personal choice for each couple. Certainly there are disadvantages and advantages to either joint or separate accounts. This is something most couples discuss at the start of their union. They choose for themselves which route to take, based on what is most important to them.