5 Practical Tips For Aspiring Parenting Bloggers

Your parenting in sights, anecdotes and cautionary tales are well worth sharing with the world. Your insights are often moving, consistently witty and a joy to hear whenever you regale your friends at get-togethers. You’re great at capturing the little nuances that make the life of a parent and tell stories that resonate strongly with other Moms and Dads who are in the same boat.

As such, it’s only natural that you might be thinking about trying your hand as a parenting blogger. Someone who can provide parents all over the world with witty insights and a relaxing respite. Your posts can be something that parents can enjoy with their morning coffee and even help to make their parenting journeys a little easier. But while there are lots of sites out there that can help you get started as a blogger, there are fewer that can prepare you for the realities of blogging as a parent, for parents.  

Rather than provide a step-by-step guide (because nothing great was ever assembled by numbers). Here are 5 practical tips to help you find success as a parenting blogger…

Blog every day 

You’re one of many trying to make their presence known in the blogosphere. And in order to make your mark, you need a solid library of content behind you. That means taking the time to blog every day and improve your chances of getting noticed in online search results.  

Keep your audience and their needs in mind

As important as it is to keep blogging often, you also can’t sacrifice quality for quantity. Whatever you do, don’t copy and paste other people’s material for the sake of populating your website, as this can incur harsh penalties from search engines. Instead, try and focus your attention on your audience.

What to they want to read? What pain points, frustrations and anxieties can you address in your writing that can make your work more valuable to them? Not only can this make your work of consistently high quality, it can also ensure that parents keep coming back to you for daily insights, scroll through your blog and jump from page to page. All the behaviors that search engines love to see. 

How do you know what your readers want to find out more about? Just ask them! Which brings us to… 

Become part of the community

You’ll find it much harder to build an audience in a vacuum. Become a part of a blogging community. Reach out to other relevant bloggers. Support and promote other blogs. This will all help readers to build a string relationship with you and your blog. 

Use free (or affordable) tools that will make your life easier

Blogging can become a time-consuming process. Fortunately, there are all kinds of tools to make your life easier. Need a hand choosing relevant keywords? Try Neil Patel’s Uber Suggest tool. Need to copy a stat from an infographic that you want to use in a post? Use a tool like Prizmo to copy text from image. Want to make your posts more search engine-friendly? Try using a free WordPress plugin like Yoast.  

Find an affiliate program that your readers can get behind

Finally, joining an affiliate program is a great way to monetize your blog while also providing greater value for your readers. But rather than choosing a program that gives you more money, find one that gives your readers access to products that they actually want. 

After all, an affiliate program can only work for you if readers click on your affiliate link!

Helpful Tips To Avoid Motion Sickness When Traveling

Motion sickness is a feeling of nausea triggered by movement, which occurs during traveling via vehicle, boat, train, and even plane. Common symptoms include nausea, dizziness, headache, vomiting, sweating, and a general feeling of irritability. It is caused by a mismatch between what we see or feel and what our bodily senses perceive. It can also occur when the inner ear, the part responsible for balance and equilibrium, has an infection.

It is estimated that one-third of people are vulnerable to motion sickness. While it is not life-threatening, it can make your traveling experience unpleasant. Fortunately, there is something that can be done to avoid it or lessen its impact. Here are the top tips to prevent motion sickness and guarantee a healthy travel experience.

Watch Your Diet Before and During Travelling

Avoid eating heavy meals before and during traveling as they may trigger the sickness and make you uncomfortable. Instead, eat light and plain food or snacks. Light snacks such as dry crackers are known to ease stomach upset. Also, avoid foods with a strong odor. Greasy, fatty, acidic, and spicy food should also be avoided. Additionally, avoid taking too much alcohol before or during your traveling as it may worsen your discomfort. Drink water instead.

While you should avoid heavy meals, avoid traveling on an empty stomach, which may worsen the discomfort.

Find the Right Position

Position yourself where there is the least motion or discomfort. If on a vehicle, always get a front seat and opt for the window side. It allows you to enjoy the scenery and stay calm. On a ship, select the lower cabins near the center of the ship. This region experiences less movement and therefore prevents the trigger of motion sickness. The middle area of a plane is the calmest; go for this position. Choose the window seats on a train as they experience fewer bumps and also enable you to see the horizon. Positioning yourself right helps you avoid the turbulence that may trigger motion sickness.

Use Motion Sickness Wristbands

These wristbands are designed to guarantee healthy travel by helping relieve motion sickness symptoms, especially nausea and vomiting. The bands are worn to apply pressure on a point on the inner forearm known as the Nei Kuan spot. Although more studies are required, it seems acupressure may be an effective way to manage nausea and vomiting. You can wear these wristbands on your next trip to evade the discomfort of motion sickness.

Look to the Distance

When traveling, looking out to the distance helps the senses achieve congruence, preventing motion sickness. Check out the horizon or fix your gaze at a particular distant object. If you are prone to motion sickness, avoid acts such as reading while traveling as it increases the mismatch between your inner ear and your sight. It may eventually trigger motion sickness. Instead, try looking out the window to help the body gain calmness.

Take Ginger

Ginger is very useful in easing stomach upset. It is often recommended as an anti-nausea medication. Its components, gingerols and shogaols, help alleviate vomiting and nausea. These components work in the stomach, intestines, and in the nervous system to control nausea. Taking ginger can, therefore, help you avoid motion sickness. Try chewing the ginger root or taking ginger-flavored tablets before or during traveling. 

Chew Gum

Another effective way to curb motion sickness is to use chewing gum. The movement of jaws during gum chewing is known to work well with the inner ear, helping in attaining congruence in your sensory system. Additionally, most chewing gums contain flavors such as peppermint and ginger. These additives help prevent and relieve motion sickness symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.

Use Motion Sickness Medicine

There are several over the counter drugs, available from pharmacies, that you can take to counter motion sickness. Drugs such as Bonine, Antivert, and Dramamine work well in preventing motion sickness. If you always experience extreme sickness, consult a medical expert for recommendations on the right prescription drugs for you. This is important since some medications have serious side effects. Most of these medications should be taken one or two hours before traveling. 

Traveling should be fun and exciting. However, motion sickness can make your trip miserable, ridding you of the comfort you should be enjoying. The above tips will go a long way to ensure you have a comfortable and healthy trip.

WIN! Eight Fungisaurs Identified By Clever Kids Around The World @Fungisaurs

What do you get when you genetically cross a Velociraptor dinosaur with a Chicken of the Woods mushroom? Why even ask? Because kids everywhere have discovered Fungisaurs ($10).  These imaginative collectible toys expect to be the next-big-thing with kids ages 4 and up.

dinosaur toys

The whole family will soon dive into the topics of travel, science and biodiversity once they interact with Fungisaurs.  The irresistible combination of imaginative toys, games and animation will have youngsters naming a Mica Cap versus a Scaly Hedgehog.  And just like mushrooms, Fungisaurs’ spores disperse in the air, so the creatures quickly spread (in a good way) to all corners of the globe.

Like many collectibles, not knowing exactly which character is in the mystery box starts the fun.  Fungisaurs toys have an added bonus –free entry into an AR mobile game. Collect them, swap them and get ready to create imaginative play time.  All ages will be enchanted with the eight dino/mushroom mash ups.

Here are our thoughts on the Fungisaurs- our unboxing video.

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School Essentials Set from Starling Skincare #BackToSchool #Vegan #AllergenFree

Check out the Starling Skincare Back to School Essentials Set for all your “back to the classroom- virtual or not” needs. Finally – toxin-free, plant-based, and organic formulations that were created for those with allergies and sensitivities in mind. Or for those just trying to be sensitive to the needs of the planet and go Vegan. Starling Skincare has eliminated all common allergens, including nuts, gluten, soy, synthetic fragrance, and preservatives. For children, tweens and teens suffering from allergies, Starling Skincare offers peace of mind to parents when choosing the right skincare items for their child.

The set includes 2 of the best selling kid’s deodorants, Force Field and Birthday Cake, plus hydrating lip balm and a bottle of super safe orange punch hand sanitizer. Whether your children are heading off to school or learning virtually, start the school year off right…safe and smelling fresh.

All-Natural Kid’s Deodorant is perfect for late summer fun, back-to-school sports and more, allergen-free and chemical-free children’s deodorants from Starling Skincare keep children smelling fresh all day! Gentle enough for tweens and teens, each deodorant is made without aluminum or synthetic fragrances, so it is safe to use and non-irritating for kids. Three varieties are available, including Force Field, Birthday Cake and Birthday Cake Sensitive.

Starling Skincare’s all-natural, moisturizing hand sanitizers clean + moisturize in one easy step with effective plant-based ingredients. Starling Skincare’s hand sanitizers meet CDC recommendations and are effective against most common germs. The quick-drying formula is hypoallergenic and allergen-free, with no rinsing required — use anytime, anywhere. Safe for both adults & children. Gluten Free. Cruelty Free. Toxin Free.

You can’t start the school year without a moisturizing lip balm. It’s long lasting and healing, so that your child’s lips will stay healthy and non irritated throughout the day. Vegan and Allergen-Free, key ingredients include Blueberry Seed Oil and Mango Butter.

Visit the website to see more, or to get the basic Back To School Set for your kids. ($28)

Here are our thoughts on the products as we first opened and tried them!

For National Trails Day, Two books will inspire families to enjoy the great outdoors

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Families on Foot: Urban Hikes to Backyard Treks and National Park Adventures (Falcon Guides, ISBN# 1493026715, Sports & Outdoors, March  2017)

“Jennifer Pharr Davis and Brew Davis have a rare combination: tons of experience with trails and with kids. For families looking to get outdoors, that means tons of useful advice.” —Dennis Lewon, Backpacker Editor-in-Chief

Published in partnership with the American Hiking Society, Families on Foot offers practical advice and engaging activities to make hiking even more fun for families. You’ll find clever ideas and inspiration that apply to kids of all ages–from tackling diaper blowouts in the backcountry to using smartphone apps and GPS to engage teenagers with nature. Information for children with special needs and seniors is also included.

Author Jennifer Pharr Davis, the former record holder of the fastest thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, together with her husband Brew Davis, marries old-fashioned know-how onsafety, preparation, and trail conservation with modern day activities and technology, inspirational and interactive games, and down-and-dirty fun on the trail. Information includes smart tactics for families with kids of a variety ages .


Walks of a Lifetime: Extraordinary Hikes from Around the World (Falcon Guides, ISBN# 1493026410, Sports & Outdoors, May 1, 2017)

“All of us have talked about walking the world’s great trails; in this book, the Mannings show us how to ‘walk the talk.'”
—Gregory Miller, President, American Hiking Society

The bestselling book, Wild, made us all want to start hiking, and most people are familiar with one of the most famous walks, Spain’s Camino de Santiago.

To walk is to discover, from those first halting steps as a child to walking the world’s greatest long-distance trails. Experience breathtaking coastlines, mountain ranges, historic landscapes, wilderness areas, religious pilgrimages, great cities, and iconic rivers. Walk to learn more about our beautiful and curious world, to be healthy and happy, to add adventure and authenticity to life, and to learn something about yourself in the process. Walking is simple, but it can also be profound.

Veteran outdoor enthusiasts Robert and Martha Manning invite readers to experience the joy of walking in Walks of a Lifetime. They offer firsthand descriptions of 30 of the world’s great long-distance trails and multi-day walks, including personal anecdotes, natural and cultural history, practical tips, and full-color photographs and maps. Walks range from inn-to-inn routes to backpacking treks and are found across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Trail descriptions are accompanied by a series of short, engaging essays on the many dimensions of walking. Let’s get inspired to hit the trail!

Why Choose Velux Roof Windows

A properly installed roof window tends to bring light and air into the darkest and most dismal of loft conversions, kitchen and anywhere else you decide to install a roof window. The key feature of a roof window is that it is on the roof, so the room it is going in, needs to have the roof above the ceiling or next to a wall. 

With over 70 years of glazing experience, Velux Roof Windows are a brand to trust. Velux Roof Windows come with a ten-year manufacturer’s guarantee. For general maintenance and wear and tear, there’s 25 years of availability on spare parts. Most of the parts are so simple to replace, you won’t need to hire someone to come out. 

Sunlight

Natural light is needed in the home. Sunlight is needed to maintain health, both in the body and the home. 

A dark and dismal room with poor ventilation isn’t just oppressive, it is damp and can lead to mold. Extractor fans are noisy and don’t brighten the space, like a roof window. 

The human body requires sunlight. The amount of sunlight impacts mood and increases the production of the happy hormone, serotonin. Even before hormone production kicks in, walking from a room that is dark and dismal into a space that is lit by sunlight has an immediate impact that isn’t experienced with artificial light. 

Roof windows may be the only way to get natural sunlight in a room. They work in oddly shaped rooms without much wall space. 

Window Combinations

Velux pitched windows can be combined with vertical windows to create glass walls straight out of a magazine. A glass wall creates the illusion of space, making a room appear much bigger than it actually is. 

A glass wall in a loft conversion is possible with pitched windows or the combination of pitched and vertical windows. If the loft is mainly being used as a bedroom, you can watch the stars lying in bed. Don’t forget the tinting for privacy. 

Glass walls aren’t just for bedrooms. They work in dining rooms and even kitchens. Glass walls offer excellent views and can aide in relaxation, turning a space from somewhere oppressive to somewhere pleasant to spend time. 

Sound Insulation

Velux offer soundproofing as a glazing option. With all their years of experience, they can reduce noise by up to 50 per cent. It even works for those directly under a flight path. Being woken by planes or other outside noise on a Saturday morning isn’t pleasant, so be sure to have this option if you live anywhere noisy. 

Safety

Roof windows can look like a giant cat flap to burglars. Velux uses toughened glass, reinforcements and extra locks. The burglar will be in for a nasty surprise if they try messing with a Velux window. 

Built-in Smoke Ventilation

With smoke ventilation accessible either by the press of a button or automatic sensor, no one will know you burnt the bake sale cookies and replaced them with store-bought.

Begin A Magical Tradition Around Birthdays With Happy The Birthday Bird @Happy_TheBird

happy bird

Move over Tooth Fairy and that elf lying on some shelf. Happy The Birthday Bird ($39.99) has landed! Happy is here to create an annual tradition for the one 24-hour holiday that every kid celebrates no matter where they live, how they pray, or family income. Incredibly, the toy industry has not come up with a Happy Birthday-centric toy until mompreneur Monica Goodson walked around the American International Toy Fair earlier this year. She just knew she had something special to share with children everywhere.In fact, it was one of those ideas that retailers and parents say in retrospect, why didn’t I think of that? Jersey Shore shoppers in Ocean City, NJ are the first to see Happy The Birthday Bird at retailer Salty Treasurers. Online and in-store orders are “flying” off the shelves.

About The Creators

Happy The Birthday Bird is a plush toy and book set inspired by my son Mylen for his 8th birthday,” explains Goodson. “Happy’s story creates a family ritual and countdown to every child’s birthday. Start a week or so before their special day to make this birthday the most memorable one yet!”

Happy The Birthday Bird • Ages 3+ • $39.99

Kids love the magic of Happy flying back to TuYu each night leading up to their birthdays, carrying wishes and memories back and forth. This beautiful gift set contains all you need to build a new tradition and make birthdays even more memorable! The set includes: 15-inch plush bird wearing metallic sneakers and a backpack with clip; 4-inch plushie balloon; 36-page full-color beautifully illustrated hardcover book, includes six memory pages and one pocket for storing extra photos and cards. Best of all, Happy arrives in a sturdy reusable box with a handle for safe storage year after year.

Beyond the hold-in-your hand gift set, Happy The Birthday Bird features creative multimedia extensions, such as two original birthday songs and a dance, fun animations, digital versions of the memory pages and online downloads such as party invitations.

Here are our thoughts on Happy The Birthday Bird;

To Write Love on Her Arms Announces Shares World Suicide Prevention Day Video #WorthLivingFor #WSPD20 @TWLOHA

The mental health non-profit To Write Love on Her Arms has shared an inspiring new video as part of its “ Worth Living For Campaign” to honor World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and National Suicide Prevention Week (September 6 – September 12). The video features appearances from US Women’s National Team star Ashlyn Harris, artist Morgan Harper Nichols, actor Chris Sullivan (This Is Us), Jon Foreman (Switchfoot), Dustin Kensrue (Thrice), Mark Vollelunga (Nothing More), surfer Caroline Marks, producer Moore KismetLevi The Poet, and more. To watch the video, please visit: youtu.be/cXSLMF3GdYE.
 
On the video, TWLOHA founder Jamie Tworkowski shares: “This video is a collection of faces and voices from around the world, friends of the organization and folks we’re yet to meet, all sharing what they’re living for. We hope it inspires others to consider and share their reasons to stay alive. Ultimately, that’s the goal-inspiring people to fight for healing and recovery. We believe there’s so much worth living for.
 
Additionally, TWLOHA will be simulcasting on   Twitch,  Youtube, and Facebook today at 2pm ET to revisit highlights from the “Worth Living For” campaign and share points of continued engagement. Beginning at 3pm, viewers can also tune in to Instagram as Tworkowski is joined by Twinnie, Selema Masekela, Hunter Hayes, Tonya Ingram, and Jon Foreman for a series of conversations.
 
This year marks TWLOHA’s 9th annual campaign to honor WSPD and NSPW.The campaign statement was inspired by words written and performed by artist Levi The Poet. When asked what the statement represents and what the organization hopes to achieve through the global campaign, Co-Executive Director Lindsay Kolsch shared:
 
This year has been hard for so many people – disruption and disconnection, uncertainty and changes – have become a part of our everyday lives. We know that people need other people and that connection is important not to us just as humans, but to our mental health as well. We want this year’s campaign to focus on the things that bring us hope, the things that are worth living for – collectively and personally. We believe that having this conversation and connecting those struggling to  mental health resources can be life-saving.
 
People can participate by purchasing the organization’s World Suicide Prevention Day pack, joining the conversation online using #WorthLivingFor and #WSPD20, and tagging @TWLOHA, and by donating to the campaign. TWLOHA will directly invest every dollar from the campaign into sponsoring 3,500 counseling sessions and supporting 45,000 searches for free or affordable mental health care using their FIND HELP Tool.
 
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Since its start in 2006, TWLOHA has donated over $2.6 million directly into treatment and recovery and answered over 210,000 emails from over 100 countries.
 
To get involved, go to www.worthlivingfor.com.
 
For more information on To Write Love on Her Arms, please visit: www.twloha.com.
 
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