Need a gift idea for someone that sings or plays an instrument? The music trade is teeming with all kinds of exciting gadgets and accessories. Here are just a handful of ideas worth tuning into.
Musically stylised ornaments and pieces of furniture can be a great gift for a budding musician and don’t require too much technical know-how. Think beyond guitar-shaped fridge magnets and rock star mugs and go for something a little off-kilter such as a vinyl clock or a musical keyboard tie. Such gifts are cheap and cheerful and show a bit of personalisation.
Most modern audio equipment isn’t expensive, but if you’re looking for a big gift sound bases and sound bars can be a great option. They provide high quality surround sound and can be used for dual purpose TV surround sound. For a small gift, consider a cheap pair of in-ear headphones. With most people now opting for over-ear headphones – even the most high-quality noise-cancelling in-ear types are now selling for less than $25.
Music production gear
You no longer need to hire a recording studio – you can record music from the comfort of your bedroom with some production software and high-quality mic. There are plenty of production software types out there – some of which are more expensive and complex than others. The likes of Beatcraft are great for beginners, whilst still having many advanced features for those eager to progress their musicianship to the next level.
For microphones meanwhile, there are many high-quality low-end models now on the market such as the Shure SM57, which you can get for $100. Don’t feel the need to go above $200, unless you’re buying for a professional musician.
As well as producing their own music, many DIY artists can distribute their own music. Companies such as Nationwide can supply bulks of CDs, which can be used to copy music onto. If they’re playing a gig and want to sell a few CDs whilst they’re there, whatever better gift than a simple pack of CDs. Alternatively, you can use such items to create your custom album of songs to give as a gift. Whilst CDs may be becoming old-fashioned, they can still make a great personal physical gift.
Buying a musical instrument for someone is quite an expense – unless you’re buying something small like a harmonica or a tambourine, you can expect to fork out a lot of money for a decent quality musical instrument. Instead of full-blown instruments, consider accessories. If someone you know plays a guitar, there are many affordable and useful extras that you can purchase such as a guitar strap, a capo or a set of plectrums (you can even get plectrum-makers that allow you to make your own custom guitar picks). Music stands and metronomes meanwhile are gifts that have a more universal use. You can find such gifts online, or by going down to your local music shop.
When we eat, we tend to go for the taste without worrying about much else. The more picky and health-conscious amongst us will avoid those high in saturated fats, those on diets may avoid the carbohydrates and others are down to personal taste, but few of us realise the amount of vitamins that are in the dinners we are consuming on a daily basis.
The foods that we eat can have a great effect on not just our health, but how we are feeling - the moods that we find ourselves in. It’s weird to think that something as simple as what we eat can make such drastic changes, but the complexity behind what we are putting in our mouths is something to behold.
This vitamin is vital in promoting a strong immune system and also preventing eye diseases. It can be found in foods such as milk, eggs and cereals, as well as certain fruits and vegetables which are dark or orange in colour (an obvious choice would be an orange…)
There are a lot of vitamins which come under this umbrella term almost like subheadings; B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 … the list goes on. They all do different jobs but are centralized around the operations of the internal organs, as well as your blood cells and nervous system. If you eat a good, balanced diet of greens, red meats, legumes, grains and nuts, you’ll be well on your way to ticking all of the B-vit boxes.
Now we’re on to keeping yourself from falling apart - almost literally! Your body will be thanking you for an intake of Vitamin C, as it will helps to form collagen to keep your tissues and cells together. Regular intakes of fruit are what you need, and it can be prevalently found in strawberries, kiwis and all citrus fruits. Pass the glass of OJ!
The thing that is transporting you around, your skeleton, is a lover of Vitamin D. Teeth and bones need a good source of calcium to remain strong and healthy, and Vitamin D helps bones to absorb this vital body-building component. It can be found in foods such as white fish fillets, egg yolks and fortified foods, but can also be gained by taking a step outside in the sunshine and letting the rays absorb for a little while. A great excuse for getting out and about.
Forget about the antioxidant serums that you’re investing in - the way to go is simply intaking more of nature’s antioxidant with certain foods. Whole grains, avocados and vegetables oils are great, healthy examples of what you can include into your diet to help speed things along and get the best from what you’re eating.
If you’re going through a pregnancy, you will most likely be prescribed folic acid to help with the production of red blood cells, as well as helping to make DNA. It can be found in broccoli and other green vegetables such as asparagus. If you try to include a rainbow of different coloured food onto your plate when you’re preparing your meals, you’ll be well on your way to gaining your required vitamin intake!
Even if you leave your baby with a relative or close friend whenever you go to work or head out on an evening, you will find that you always worry that your baby is in safe hands. This is perfectly natural, as all parents worry about leaving their baby with someone else, even if it someone who they completely trust!
Sometimes, though, even the most experienced babysitter or caring family member could do with a little guidance from you about your child. Sharing some simple information with them could really make a difference and could prevent a difficult situation from turning into an emergency.
So, before you leave, make sure you write a quick note with some of the following information.
You should always let the sitter know where you will be. Make sure that they have a contact number for both you and your partner even if the two of you will be together the entire time. If you are going out for dinner, it’s also a good idea to leave the number of the restaurant.
Just think, you might not hear your phone ring in a busy restaurant, but the staff will also be manning the restaurant’s main phone. If you are going into work, leave your office’s number.
It’s also a good idea to leave contact details for a trusted neighbor or relative just in case the sitter can’t get in touch with you or your partner.
Special Dietary Requirements
Any allergies or dietary requirements also need to be mentioned in your note. Even if you have told the babysitter in person, it’s always important to write this down as well so that they do not forget.
When it comes to baby and toddler food, keeping it organic is a priority for many parents. If it is for you, you might want to also mention this in your note and let your sitter know where they can find the organic snacks and food in your kitchen.
Don’t forget to mention any food that your child shouldn’t eat just before bed, such as sugary snacks.
Write down the location of your first-aid kit so that the babysitter doesn’t waste any time looking for it if they ever need it.
You should also make a note of any health conditions that your child has that might need attention. For instance, if your child has allergies you should let the sitter know where their EpiPen is.
You might also like to leave your family doctor’s phone number, just in case!
Your Baby’s Routine
Babies love routines and knowing what to expect next. I’m sure you will have established one for the run up to bedtime. This will ensure that things stay familiar for your tot even if someone else is bathing them and putting them to bed.
By sticking to a routine, your babysitter will be able to sidestep any potential tantrums!
When you leave a note for the babysitter, you will find that you have more peace of mind and won’t worry quite so much!
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"Nan, I'm swimming! Can you see me?"
"No honey, you're on the phone. Send me a picture."
Within minutes I'm looking at my cute grandson as he laughs and splashes in the small waves of 1770 beach.
Yes, it's amazing technology- simple enough for even young children to take photos. It takes them no time at all for their little fingers to find Peppa Pig on YouTube. And, it's easy for them to expertly handle the device's controls and play the amazing games and apps.
But, in those same small hands, it's easy for those devices to bounce down stairs, drop to the floor, or sink beneath the water at the beach.
And there's nothing cute about a smashed screen.
So, it makes sense to kid-proof your device before handing it over to those eager, slightly sticky, fingers.
You might think it would be safer to armour-clad your iPhone or Samsung. But fortunately, there are some amazing options that look as good as their protection.. and they do look great!
Protection that looks a million dollars
If you're looking for something that combines a touch of elegance with excellent protection, then consider the classic good looks of genuine leather iPhone cases and covers. Rest assured that, all holes and cutouts are precisely located to allow access to all your phone's buttons, speakers and ports.
If you're heading to the beach, a high-quality, protective water-proof case is a wise choice. It means that you have peace of mind while swimming or snorkeling up to 2 metres. And, it's also shock proof, dirt proof, snow proof and scratch resistant... did I mention, kid-proof?
Plus, an anti-reflection glass means that your photos will be clear and high-quality.
Consider a screen protector
Last, a glass screen protector is worth considering, too. I haven`t actually done this but I`m thinking it would be a sensible investment in the protection of my iPhone. Rather than the older style screen protectors and their problems, (agghhh.. tell me about it) these curved edge-to-edge tempered glass protectors cover the whole screen.. and no bubbles.
When you consider the cost of these amazing pieces of daily-use technology, why take chances? When your family includes small, excitable, energetic little people, accidents happen, and happen often. A bit of added protection is certainly key to your peace of mind.
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Dressing up your children in adorable outfits is one of the joys of parenthood. Shopping for their clothes and finding cute things to put them in really makes your heart swell.
However, with babies and children’s skin being so delicate you have to be so careful. Not only with what you wash their possessions in, but the actual fabrics that you buy too.
Here are some of the things to bear in mind when you’re choosing clothes for your little one.
Clothes for children should be soft and smooth so that they don’t irritate their sensitive skin. Cotton is a good choice and fits the bill. However, it’s worth going for organic cotton on the pieces that are going to be directly touching their skin such as undergarments and nightwear. This is because cotton is a crop, however, because it’s not used as food it’s not subject to the same strict guidelines when it comes to chemicals and pesticides. These pesticides can remain on the cotton, and in the fabric, it makes even after washing. Because babies skin is so delicate and porous, this is far more of a problem for them than it is for adults. Pesticides have been linked to all kinds of problems, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Lots of baby and children's clothes lines use organic cotton, it’s a little more expensive but worth the investment. If you go with a designer such as Stone Island girls and boys clothes you get peace of mind that the best materials are being used. You want your children's clothes to be breathable to prevent overheating, for this reason, it’s best to avoid man-made fabrics. Polyester, acrylic, and nylon, for example, will all pose a problem. While you’re unlikely to even come across baby clothes in these fabrics in a lot of countries- be wary when ordering things like fancy dress costumes from overseas. Or if you’re sourcing fabrics to make clothes yourself be sure to avoid these.
Buttons, Bows and Other Accessories
Anything that is sewed onto children’s clothes could potentially be a choking hazard. The same applies to things like cords and ties or anything else. It’s more of an issue in babies, but even children can put things like loose buttons or zip pulls in their mouth and potentially choke. Your best bet is to choose designs that are printed or embroidered rather than have extra things sewn on. Again be very wary of buying baby clothes from eBay or anywhere else that ships items from other countries. They might not have the same safety standards meaning pieces can potentially be risky.
Children's clothes should have stretch to allow freedom of movement. When they want to play and move around, they don’t want to have to feel restricted or uncomfortable. It also means getting them dressed is easier as you do not have to tug clothes over their head. In the case of baby clothes, opt for items which have poppers at the shoulders which can make it easy to get clothes on and off. Poppers are easy to fasten, and unlike buttons can’t pull off and become a choking hazard. Look into the practicalities of getting outfits on and off when you buy clothes since you’ll be dressing and re-dressing your baby multiple times a day some days.
When you welcome a newborn into the family, the first few weeks can fly be in a blur. When you’re sleep deprived, and you’re getting used to the miracle that is your new addition, it can be hard to find time to take stock of what’s happened, and how your life is about to change forever.
You never hear a new mom or grandma remarking how slowly time is passing. Time flies when you’ve got a tiny person around, so it’s important to try and remember as much of the early days as possible.
Before you know it, that beautiful bundle you hold in your arms for hours on end is desperately trying to wriggle away and play. If you’re a new parent or grandparent, here are some wonderful ways to commemorate those special first few weeks.
A baby book
A baby book is a fantastic way of charting your baby’s growth and development and celebrating mini milestones. There are usually pages you can fill in with information about what your baby looks like, how much they weigh and what they like to do, as well as space for photographs and messages from visitors.
You can keep a baby book, and when you’ve got inquisitive, energetic toddlers running around, have a browse and wonder where on earth the time went.
A photo shoot
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of having a newborn at home. Suddenly, there’s a beautiful baby around, and you can’t stop staring at them and watching their expressions and movements. Even when you haven’t slept for days, there’s something magical about holding your baby in your arms and sharing those unique moments together.
Babies change every day when they’re tiny, and they grow and develop so fast. One way of commemorating their first few days is organizing a shoot with a photographer. Natural, understated shots are a beautiful way of celebrating your new arrival, and you can frame the images to hang on the walls and order prints to give out to friends and family.
If you do want to arrange a shoot, search for a photographer with expertise in family portraits and child photography, and have a look through online portfolios.
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A video diary
Every mom says the first couple of weeks fly by in an instant. It’s an emotional rollercoaster, which will take you from the heights of ecstasy to feeling like you can’t plod on a moment more without closing your eyes and catching some Zs.
When your child is older, you may well forget those days, and a video diary is a great way of ensuring those memories last. You don’t set up CCTV or film all day.
But a 5-minute snippet each day will capture moments that you’ll cherish forever.
There’s no experience in the world that you can compare to becoming a parent for the first time and bringing your baby home. When you’re adjusting to life with a new baby, time seems to fly by and the days run into each other. It can be hard to remember what life was like back then when your baby has grown up. If you have a newborn, these ideas will hopefully help you to celebrate and commemorate those special times.
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.