Family, Home

3 Conscious Decisions You Can Make To Reduce Your Spending

If you are always worried about money, then it might be that you need to root down and discover what the genuine underlying problem is. It can be surprising how many underlying issues there can be, but the good news is that there is at least always something you can do about them. In this post, we are going to take a look at the role of spending within your financial decision making. If you can manage to keep a tight lead on your spending, you should be able to end up improving your financial decisions hugely as well. To look at that, we are going to discuss three conscious decisions which you can make to drastically reduce your spending – and therefore start to get your money back on track much sooner.


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Family, Parenting

Summer Is Coming: So How Do You Plan On Occupying The Kids?

The long summer break is fast approaching and with that comes a real split on how you feel about it. On the one hand, you might be really looking forward to spending extra time with your children. But on the other side of things you may be worried about stimulation and keeping them occupied, or having to logistically organise childcare due to work commitments. It can be a very exhausting time on the lead up to summer break. So I thought I would share with you some of the things you could consider to keep your children occupied this summer.

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Family, Home

Financial Troubles? Don’t Panic!

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that money is one of the biggest sources of stress for a lot of people. Unless you’re incredibly lucky, it’s rare that you’ll ever be in a position where you’ll never have to worry about money. People often find themselves getting into a serious panic when they find themselves in any sort of financial troubles.

There are a lot of things that cause your finances to take a hit, and panicking is never going to solve your problems. You can’t always predict what’s going to happen in your life or what kind of impact it will have on your finances, but you do have control over exactly what you’re going to do when something does happen. Here are some of the most common sources of financial panic, and how to avoid letting them get to you.

Financial Trouble - The Southern Smiths : How to get out of it

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How Much Would You Pay For A Third Of Your Life?

As human beings, we look out into the natural world and we find wildlife amazing. Creatures that run so fast, soar into the clouds off their own power and animals that pretty much out-do us in almost every single way. But if the animal kingdom could speak our language just for a second, all the creatures, small and tall would call us weird. We are animals but we stand upright on two legs. To the rest of the life on this planet, we’re the odd ones out. And yet we have amazing bodies and biology that allows us to be flexible and incredibly agile. All that comes at a cost of our pressure zones in the back. Our vertebrae keep us standing and all the while remain fluid and dexterous. For one-third of our life, we are asleep but the one thing that usually doesn’t get a rest is our back. It’s the bridge that connects our head to our lower body. It curves and bears the weight of our skeleton and muscle mass while we lay on our mattresses. And when we’re awake, we sit down for a lot of the time at work, in our cars, at coffee shops etc. Being a better friend to yourself is so peculiar to some of us that we have to be taught how. If this remotely sounds like you, well today’s your lucky day then.

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Family, Parenting

How To Help Your Teenager Transition From Adolescent To Young Adult

Teenage years are far from easy. You’ve got multiple emotions running through your body and you’re dealing with hormonal and physical changes within your body too. At this time in your life, you’re expected to know what you want to do with your life which adds to all of the other pressures that you’re experiencing in your life. As a parent, this can be difficult to watch. Luckily, there are ways that you can help your teenager make it through these difficult years and transition into a thriving young adult with lots of prospects. Check out these ways to help your teenager transform from an adolescent to a young adult.

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Blogging, Tips, Tricks, and Advice

Blogging Angle: Keep All Your Blogging Business Online

When I started my blogging business, part of the appeal was that I’m able to do it all online. I don’t have to go into the office to have meetings with people. Some expect to attend an event, but this is often only for a particular type of blogger.

Hard as I try, though, there are always people trying to get in my way. They want you to talk on the phone (seriously, can’t we text this?) or perhaps even come and meet them at their office. *shivers* I know. It’s a nightmare.

Some times I’m even being inundated with snail mail. If these are frustrating things for you, or you just want to be able to travel freely while you blog, try these tips to keep your blogging activities completely online.

Keep Your Blogging Business Online - The Southern Smiths : Learn the ways I avoid doing /any/ business in person!

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Family, Parenting

3 Ways of Encouraging Your Kids to Get Out and About

3 Ways of EncouraIt’s so important to encourage your children to get out of the house and explore the outside world. Kids need to experience nature, fresh air, and the infinite beauty of the outdoors. These days, with everything seemingly boiled down to a screen, it can be difficult to be the kids interested in getting outside. But it is important for expanding their experiences and boosting their health at the same time.

This is why you have to do as much as you can to try to encourage your children to want to leave the house. You don’t want this to turn into a massive issue every time you are trying to get them to leave the house, so think about what you can do to encourage this in them. Here are three great examples of things all parents can do to help their children get out and about and enjoy the outdoors.

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3 Tips for Optimal Mental Health

The importance of mental health and keeping your mind healthy are being recognised more today than, perhaps, any time in human history.  Society is no longer viewing mental health conditions as something people should be able to just ‘shake off’ or deal with on their own… yet, there are a number of things you can do to take care of your own mental health which is what we’re going to look at in this article.

We’re also becoming more aware of brain related diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia that essentially rob the person of who they are and make them regress to the point of being an infant that has to wear name labels in their clothes.  

With such awareness, and perhaps even first hand experience of people suffering from conditions such as dementia, we’re all looking for ways to optimise our mental health.

Now, according to Harvard University, a number of studies have shown that you can reduce the risk of dementia with the six basic lifestyle habits:

  • staying physically active
  • getting enough sleep
  • not smoking
  • having good social connections
  • limiting alcohol to one drink a day
  • eating a balanced diet low in saturated and trans fats.

In addition to these basic lifestyle habits, you might want to consider the following suggestions that are proven to slow down cognitive decline and even avoid it all together.

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General, Health

Why Do Men Find It So Difficult To Go To The Doctors (And What Can You Do About It)?

It’s interesting, this idea of masculinity and being a strong father figure in a family. While now, this image is being challenged a lot, there are still shreds of evidence that show men aren’t as forthright or as open as we think. Going to the doctors is one of those great examples, and it’s one of those bad habits that can begin very young in life. Men tend to die a lot younger than women, because of issues like an illness that went undiagnosed until it was too late. But why is this?

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