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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!

5 Weird Acne Myths Debunked

Let’s face it, dealing with our skin is a serious full-time job. We know when we have a breakout that we aren’t supposed to pick at it or go to bed with makeup on, but what other things can we do to prevent acne from hitting at all? There are countless answers out there, whether it is advice given by a friend or the internet throwing years and years of articles at you all at once, but not all answers are created equal and there are plenty of misinformed folks out there. So, before you go doing something that will only make your face freak out, here are five acne myths that we are seriously debunking (looking at you, lemon juice!).

Greasy Food Will Cause Your Skin to Breakout

It obviously is not a good idea to rub greasy food all over your face, but this myth states that by simply eating greasy foods, your skin will breakout. However, it just is not true. Though there is definitely a link between your diet and your complexion, it just is not what everyone seems to think it is. Acne is generally caused by oily skin, which is probably why people assume that greasy foods will lead to more oil production. But there have been plenty of studies that have shown that eating greasy foods (like French fries) does not have an impact on your skin—by the way, the same goes for chocolate. What will lead to a breakout though is touching your face after eating oily and greasy foods, because you’re putting it directly onto your skin. With that said, it’s still importabt to follow a healthy diet—your body will thank you.

Lemon Juice is a Cure-All

We don’t know who first spoke of lemon juice curing acne, but they were so wrong. Sure, lemons are natural, but that does not mean that these yellow fruit are great for your skin. Because they’re rich in psolaren, lemons will make your skin super sensitive to ultraviolet light. Why? When psolaren is exposed to UV light, it absorbs the energy and swells up, eventually releasing this energy and emitting heat. On your skin, this comes in the form of an inflamed rash. Yeah, not what you want on your face. Plus, it is acidic and might mess with your skin’s PH balance, causing irritation and dryness. So, please, keep lemon juice in your tea, not on your face.

Wearing Makeup Will Give You Pimples

If you love makeup and also struggle with acne, someone has probably told you that wearing makeup is the reason for your skin troubles. Lucky for you, it may not be true. If you’re wearing makeup to help deal with your complexion (like color correction and cover-up products), you have probably spent hours and hours researching the best brands. Makeup that is non-acnegenic or non-comedogenic shouldn’t lead to acne. Besides, many brands now make products that actually contain acne-fighting ingredients—like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid—so there is a good chance that your makeup is actually helping your skin. Be careful about washing your hands before applying makeup, keep your makeup brushes and sponges clean, and wash your face thoroughly every night.

Toothpaste is a Miracle Cure-All

When exactly did toothpaste become this magical cure-all when it comes to getting rid of a pimple? Dabbing some toothpaste on a zit is not going to make it suddenly disappear overnight. While it may dry the pimple out, it certainly is not going to prevent anything else from happening. It can actually make things worse and clog your pores, because most toothpaste brands contain sodium lauryl sulphate. If using toothpaste worked for you that one time when you were in high school, congratulations—you got lucky.

Acne Will Just Go Away

A lot of people think that if you just leave it alone and avoid using any products, acne will run its course and go away naturally. While that may be true for some people who have the occasional spot, it won’t be true for most. If you have skin issues that are causing significant stress and frustration, speak to a dermatologist and consider your options.