Monday, July 04, 2022

How to Be There for a Friend Through Pregnancy Loss

 

Miscarriage is more common than many people think, with around 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies ending in loss. This statistic is likely to be higher as miscarriages can occur in early gestation – before a person even realizes they are pregnant. If a close friend is going through pregnancy loss, they are probably feeling a wide range of emotions, and they will need their nearest and dearest to be there for them. At this time, you might feel compelled to care for and support your friend, but it can be difficult to know what to say or do. Here are a few helpful ways you can be there for a loved one as they cope with pregnancy loss.

Acknowledge Their Pregnancy Loss

Those dealing with loss might be hesitant to reach out to family and friends for a variety of reasons. They might not know how to share their pain, they may feel guilt over the loss, or they might not want to burden others with their emotions. Although it is a good idea to give your friend space to deal with their grief, you should also acknowledge their pregnancy loss and make it clear that you are there for them when they are ready to talk. Simply letting your friend know you are thinking about them can give them some comfort.

Listen to Them

People deal with pregnancy loss in different ways. Some might need a long period of time to get to grips with their experience. Others might find ways to pick themselves up and carry on as normal in a short space of time. Listen to everything your friend has to say without judgment. At this point in their life, they need a sympathetic ear so that they can vent their thoughts and emotions.

Get Them a Thoughtful Gift

Although no gift can take away the pain of pregnancy loss, it can show someone you are thinking of them. Flowers are a classic choice and can brighten up someone’s day – even if it is just for a short while. Alternatively, you can give your friend a thoughtful gift to commemorate their loss, such as a customized stuffed toy or a piece of jewelry. Journals, tasty treats, and self-care gifts, such as bath bombs and candles, all make great gifts too. Laurelbox gifts formiscarriage are an excellent choice for close friends. Their gift boxes can be tailored to your friend and will help show them how much you care about them.

Offer Practical Support

Besides the emotional impact pregnancy loss can have on a person, a miscarriage can also affect their physical well-being as well. With this in mind, offering practical support can be an incredibly thoughtful way of being there for your friend. This can include doing their weekly grocery shop for them, watering the plants, cleaning and tidying up around the home, and preparing meals. These small acts of kindness will be greatly appreciated and can help relieve stress.



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Essential Tips for First-Time Mothers




Having your first baby is an incredibly exciting yet understandably frightening time in your life. If you haven’t had any children already, your first baby is a huge milestone that comes with many questions and a whole variety of occasionally contradictory answers. Fortunately, there is no correct or incorrect way to have your first baby. There is no set script for life, and this most definitely applies to this particular occasion. Take a look at the following tips to help you think about what you need to know prior to your baby’s arrival and shortly after.

Preparation

Getting ready for your baby means taking good care of your health and preparing the environment. Set up a safe, comfortable space in your home where you can look after your new infant in peace. This might involve decorating a nursery or making space in your own bedroom for the baby to sleep in. It’s also important to be careful about what you eat, drink and do during your pregnancy, as this affects your baby too.

The Big Day

Pregnancies vary so greatly between individuals that it's almost impossible to predict or plan for yours in detail. However, by talking to your doctor and taking as many opportunities as possible to check up on the baby before the estimated birth date, you can feel more prepared for the big day when it comes.

Feeding Options

There are a few different choices when it comes to what you can feed your new baby. Some mothers breastfeed, others use formula, and some prefer a combination of both, depending on their routine. Your doctor should inform you whether your baby has any food allergies or intolerances that might restrict their diet either during infancy or long-term.

Sleeping

Deciding the sleeping arrangements for your new baby is extremely important. Safe sleeping tips for new babies can make it clearer for new parents how to protect their child while asleep. Since babies’ bodies are so new, they can’t always regulate their temperature or breathing rhythm as an adult can, so being able to monitor their sleep is vital.

Accept Help

You may feel more than capable of taking care of your new baby by yourself, but there is no need to do it alone. Your family and friends can support you throughout the first few weeks and months while you get to grips with motherhood. You might mistakenly believe that accepting the help of other people decreases your quality as a parent, but this just isn't true. When you accept the help offered to you, you show strength and self-knowledge.

Embrace Mistakes

No parent is perfect, and expecting to get everything right only serves to put unnecessary pressure and stress onto your plate. It's important to remember that making mistakes is a part of learning and growing, something essential to being a capable and attentive parent. Don't punish yourself for the occasional error or lapse in judgment. Simply use it as a lesson and build your confidence for the future.

Netflix Summer Fun Schedule



Just in time to beat the summer heat, Netflix is bringing new films and series each week to help kids and families stay cool and stay connected throughout the summer. Whether it’s bringing everyone at home together for quality time (The Sea Beast, 13: The Musical, Lost Ollie, Ivy & Bean), unlocking a preschooler's imagination (CoComelon, Gabby’s Dollhouse, Action Pack), or keeping kids busy and happy with their favorite characters at home or traveling (Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight, The Cuphead Show!, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous), there’s something for everyone.


Head over to the Netflix Family Summer 2022 Slate here for a full list of what’s coming to Netflix every week this summer, and check out some highlights below:
  • July 8: The Sea Beast Photos + Trailer
  • July 14: Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight Photos + Trailer
  • July 21: Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous S5 Photos + Trailer
  • July 25: Gabby’s Dollhouse S5 Photos + Trailer
  • August 5: Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie *FIRST LOOK* Photos
  • August 12: 13: The Musical *NEW Photos*
  • August 19: The Cuphead Show! New episodes Photos + Teaser *DATE ANNOUNCEMENT*
  • August 24: Lost Ollie *FIRST LOOK Photos + DATE ANNOUNCEMENT*
  • September 2: Ivy & Bean *FIRST LOOK Photos + DATE ANNOUNCEMENT*
Families can experience their favorite characters and stories in real life by visiting the Netflix Family Summer activity truck featuring character meet and greets, exclusive giveaways, and photo opportunities. For the latest information on locations, times and more, visit and bookmark Tudum.

Activity Truck U.S. Tour Schedule:
July 9  – Los Angeles, California
July 10 – San Diego, California
July 12 – Long Beach, California
July 16 – Chicago, Illinois
July 19 – Minneapolis, Minnesota
July 23 and 24 – Boston, Massachusetts
July 31 and August 1– Atlanta, Georgia
August 14 – Houston, Texas
August 28 – Miami, Florida

To keep the fun going at home, download the activity guide here and check out the “Summer Break” collection at www.netflix.com/netflixfamilysummer for even more summertime viewing suggestions. To get the latest on Netflix Family Summer, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

How To Care For Your Cat


Keeping your cat happy and healthy is no small task. From regular checkups to diet monitoring, the responsibilities of being a cat owner are manifold. Fortunately, with the right knowledge, you can keep your feline friend happy and healthy for many years to come.

Check-Ups

It might seem unnecessary for a seemingly healthy cat to visit a vet for check-ups, but these rituals could be vital for your cat's health. For example, regular trips to the vet can help you catch any health issues and diseases early on, which makes them easier to treat and cure. Furthermore, regular visits are a great way to get to know the vet and have your cat vaccinated against deadly diseases like rabies. Vaccinations are especially important if your cat spends a lot of time outdoors. If your cat ever has health complications that you can't afford to treat, there are lenders that you can reach out to for financial assistance with vet bills.

Food and Nutrition

As with humans, the quality of your cat’s diet greatly affects his or her overall health. Therefore, you should carefully choose the type of food to feed your pet and try to avoid processed and unhealthy options whenever possible. A good rule of thumb is to opt for foods that have been certified by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). These are the same types of food that are recommended by vets. Your cat’s diet should primarily include proteins and fats, with a moderate amount of carbohydrates and other nutrients. In terms of feeding frequency, kittens can be fed up to three times a day, while adult cats should be given one or two meals a day.

Litter Boxes

Cats are naturally very clean animals, and most will instinctively use a litter box to do their business. However, there are many factors that can affect a cat’s litter box usage. For example, certain diseases, metabolic disorders, pregnant and nursing cats, and even certain types of medication can lead to frequent litter box accidents. It might help to set up several litter boxes around your house so your cat always has easy access to one of them. Also, litter boxes can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, so you need to keep them clean and regularly disinfect them. There are many different types of litter boxes available on the market, but the most important thing is that you find a type that your cat is comfortable with.

Cats are very independent creatures and you might expect them to be easier to care for than dogs. However, keeping your cat happy and healthy can still be a challenging task. Luckily, with the right knowledge and effort, it’s possible to stay on top of things. Keep in mind that all cats are different and you might need to take some extra steps to properly care for yours. If you have any experienced cat owners in your life, don't be afraid to ask them for help if you're unsure about something.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

"5 Summer Entertaining Tips to Beat The Heat of Inflation"



 

With summertime officially in full swing, temps across the country are soaring - much like the inflation that’s had a stranglehold on the economy for far too many months now.  


With many American families cutting back on expenses amid record setting grocery and gas prices, there are tips and tools for coping—which means you can still fire up that grill and invite the neighbors over without burning your budget.


Here’s how to do it affordably with tips from Coupons.com Savings Expert Lisa Thompson.


1.     Bring back the good ol’ potluck. With all the entertaining opportunities from the Fourth of July to backyard BBQs, pool parties, family reunions, and the like, sharing is truly caring - invite everyone to pitch in and add their favorite dishes or snacks to the festivities. It’s even easier if you create a theme like "Taco Tuesday" or  a make-your-own hot dog bar, DIY kebabs on the grill (everyone bring something to skewer and a side dish), or even just a s’mores spread with a variety of options. Not all entertaining has to include a full meal.


2.     Use an app that earns you money.  The best way to make a dent in food prices right now—with an immediate return —is by using a savings app like Coupons.com, which allows you to earn instant cash back on everything from sunscreen and ice cream to condiments, hot dog buns, and even paper goods. It’s literally like getting free money, which can add up and go a long way in stretching your entertaining budget.


3.     Layer savings and sales.  Take advantage of existing store sales by pairing those discounts with cash back offers on your savings apps.  Shopping at Target where they happen to have six-pack sodas on sale, 3 for $12? Check your cash back app where they may have offers for $3 back on 2 six packs, and you've just doubled your total savings!


That cash back will be deposited right into your PayPal account, and you can even link your Target account to the Coupons.com app for automatic savings (no need to even submit a receipt).


4.     Try something new. Every first day of summer, my kids and I have a longstanding tradition of making banana splits for dinner. Just banana splits—and a slew of toppings. We’ve extended this tradition to now include friends, so the price tag has gone up a bit. My solution? This year, I scrolled through my Coupons.com app, found two brands of ice cream we’ve never tried—both with cash back offers. They’re delicious, less expensive, and I’ve decided that my brand loyalty ends when I can find something I like just as much for way less money.


5.     Let nature be your décor. It’s easy to go overboard on decorations when you’re hosting a birthday party, holiday celebration, or baby shower—but you can create a vibe without blowing a wad of cash, especially if the event is outside. Buy some fresh flowers that fit your color scheme or theme - sticking with the same color will add a lot more bang for your buck. Create a great playlist and let music set the mood—that’s free. If it's an evening gathering, light a few candles or use some cool outdoor lights. . That’s it. Keep it simple, affordable, and easy.


Lastly, focus on the fun of finally being able to get together in-person with family and friends...after way too many hours of Zoom and FaceTime. That’s your ticket to a successful summer of entertaining.


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H.P LOVECRAFT'S WITCH HOUSE | Premiering On Demand, Disc & Digital July 5

 


 

From Horror Wasteland Pictures International, releasing for the first time on digital and DVD this July, H.P Lovecraft’s Witch House.

 Graduate student Alice Gilman (Portia Chellelynn, Hematic Web) is running from an abusive past. She seeks refuge in the infamous Hannah house; a historic home with an ominous past. Determined to prove the possibility of alternate dimensions, she unknowingly unlocks a gateway to unimaginable horror. Facing a series of bizarre and violent events, Alice is plagued by nightmarish dreams of these evil entities. Trapped between the 4th dimension and reality, the diabolical truth is revealed as Alice fights for her sanity and her very soul.

 Based on the H.P. Lovecraft's short story The Dreams in the Witch House, Witch House blurs the boundaries between reality,dreams...and the beyond.

 Easley and Ken Wallace scripted the pic, which was shot in Indiana's Historical Hannah House which is known to be haunted.

 

Look for the digital and DVD July 5.

Trailer + Poster Debut — Lena Dunham's Boldly Original SHARP STICK Opens July 29th

 

Starring Kristine Froseth, Jon Bernthal, Scott Speedman, Luka Sabbat, Lena Dunham, Taylour Paige and Jennifer Jason Leigh

Opens Friday July 29th in New York and Los Angeles, 
Expands to theaters nationwide on Friday August 5th
Available on Digital platforms August 16th



Synopsis
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Sarah Jo (Kristine Froseth) is a sensitive and naive 26-year-old living on the fringes of Hollywood with her disillusioned mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and influencer sister (Taylour Paige). Working as a caregiver and just longing to be seen, she begins an exploratory affair with her older, married employer (Jon Bernthal), and is thrust into a startling education on sexuality, loss and power.

Director and Writer: Lena Dunham
Starring: Kristine Froseth, Jon Bernthal, Luka Sabbat, Scott Speedman, Lena Dunham, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Taylour Paige, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Producers: Lena Dunham, Michael P. Cohen, Kevin Turen, Katia Washington
Executive Producers: Ben Browning, Glen Basner, Taylour Paige, Jon Bernthal, Kenneth Yu, Will Greenfield
Editor: Catrin Hedström
Cinematographer: Ashley Connor
Music: Luis Felber and Matt Allchin.
Running Time: 86 mins

DISNEY+ REVEALS OFFICIAL TRAILER AND KEY ART OF “ZOMBIES 3” PREMIERING JULY 15




Today, Disney+ revealed the official trailer and key art for the original movie “ZOMBIES 3.”The “trequel” in the hit music-driven franchise will premiere July 15, only on Disney+. A special “Lost Song” version of the film will premiere on Disney Channel on August 12. 

 

"ZOMBIES 3" stars Milo Manheim as zombie Zed and Meg Donnelly as cheerleader Addison, who are beginning their senior year at Seabrook High in the town that's become a safe haven for monsters and humans alike. Zed is anticipating an athletic scholarship that will make him the first zombie to attend college, while Addison is gearing up for Seabrook's first international cheer-off. Then suddenly, extraterrestrial beings arrive in Seabrook, provoking something other than friendly competition. The movie also stars Chandler Kinney as Willa, Ariel Martin as Wynter, Pearce Joza as Wyatt, Carla Jeffery as Bree, Trevor Tordjman as Bucky, Kylee Russell as Eliza, Terry Hu as A-spen, Matt Cornett as A-lan, Kyra Tantao as A-li, James Godfrey as Bonzo and Kingston Foster as Zoey. RuPaul Charles joins the cast as the voice of “The Mothership.”

 

“ZOMBIES 3” is a Disney+ original film from Disney Branded Television, directed by Paul Hoen from a screenplay by David Light and Joseph Raso. Hoen, Light, Raso and Suzanne Farwell are executive producers.

 

 

ABOUT DISNEY+ 

Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, along with The Simpsons and much more. In select international markets, it also includes the new general entertainment content brand, Star. The flagship direct-to-consumer streaming service from The Walt Disney Company, Disney+ is part of the Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution segment. The service offers commercial-free streaming alongside an ever-growing collection of exclusive originals, including feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series, and short-form content. With unprecedented access to Disney’s long history of incredible film and television entertainment, Disney+ is also the exclusive streaming home for the newest releases from The Walt Disney Studios. Disney+ is available as a standalone streaming service or as part of The Disney Bundle that gives subscribers access to Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+. For more, visit disneyplus.com, or find the Disney+ app on most mobile and connected TV devices.

 

ABOUT DISNEY BRANDED TELEVISION

Disney Branded Television encompasses the creative storytellers and production and content marketing teams responsible for Disney-branded television series, movies and other programming spanning live-action, animated and unscripted formats. The group fuels the Disney+ streaming platform and Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior linear networks with content geared toward kids, tweens, teens and families, with stories that are imaginative, aspirational and reflective of their world and experiences. Recent projects include "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series," "Monsters at Work," "The Mysterious Benedict Society" and "Marvel's Spidey and his Amazing Friends." Disney Branded Television has created some of the most iconic and award-winning properties and franchises, including Peabody Award winners "Doc McStuffins" and "The Owl House"; Emmy Award winners "Big City Greens" and "Elena of Avalor"; the beloved "Mickey Mouse" cartoon shorts plus the Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) franchise, comprised of more than 100 titles

Home Safety Survey: 12 Years Old is the Age For Holding Down The Fort Alone

It’s no secret that parents struggle to pinpoint the appropriate age to introduce children to fire and firearm safety materials; when they can cook by themselves, or when they can be at home alone before or after school.

But according to SafeHome.org’s Parenting In America Report — the trusted authority on home and personal safety — countless parents have shared their two cents on a few very big milestones for safety at home. 

>> It's Never Too Early To Start Teaching Fire Safety
By age 2, children can be introduced to fire safety and learn about how they can help prevent fires, as well as what to do if a fire breaks out at home.

>> Firearm Safety: Teach Them Young
About 15% of parents say 5 is the age at which they felt learning about gun safety was appropriate, but nearly 14% said 10 years old. 

>> Should Children Be Left Home Alone After School?
Among this parent group, the most common answer was 12, with 30% of parents selecting this age, however, 43% say only teenagers should be home alone before or after school. 

>> Kitchen Tasks For Different Age Groups
There isn’t firm guidance from child health experts but 26% of parents responded with  age 12. Many factors play a role, including the size and maturity of the child and cooking fuel used for the stovetop.

To find out about additional appropriate ages for toddlers, children and teenagers in relation to inside and outside of the home, check out the full report here

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Tomorrow is National Hydration Day: Beach Goers Prioritize Packing Snacks More Than Water

 

Tomorrow is National Hydration Day (June 23), and it’s important to remind others to drink plenty of fluids - especially under the hot summer sun. 

MedStar Health recently conducted a

survey and found that beach goers are more likely to pack snacks (78%) than water (60%). 

Skipping out on H2O can lead to major health risks, here are a few things you can do to make sure your body is healthy and full of fluids: 

Be Aware of Dehydration Symptoms 

Nobody is immune to the risks of not staying hydrated enough, which is why it’s important to be aware of symptoms that can easily sneak up on you: 

  • Fatigue
  • Rapid heartbeat 
  • Drowsiness 
  • Muscle cramps 
  • Dry mouth/skin 

Set Reminders To Regularly Hydrate During The Day

Health experts recommend that an adequate fluid intake is equivalent to eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day (around half a gallon). Write out reminders on post-it notes or type them into your phone. After following these reminders for a while, they’ll likely become a habit that you’ll practice without even thinking about it.

Make Your Water Tasty 

If you avoid drinking water because you find the taste a little bland, you can add flavor with fresh fruit like berries, lemon or cucumber slices.

Eat Water-rich Fruits and Vegetables

There are lots of fruits and vegetables that have a high water content, such as: watermelon, peaches, pineapple, strawberries, zucchini, tomatoes, and cucumber. Add these to your diet and stay hydrated all summer long! 

I never go anywhere without water. I have a constant nasal drip which makes me very thirsty so I drink a ton of water but my new favorite is !Cactus! Organic Cactus Water. The Desert Hydrator It is so good.




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