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Single Parent Dating Issues

If you are a single parent who is trying to date you have probably have issues about dating again. Here are just a few of the concerns that most single moms and dad have about venturing onto the dating scene to find a new love.

It is true that many single men and women have a second job to help them support the family. Between working and cleaning and caring for the children this leaves little time for a romance. Many single parents just want to come home and pass out in bed.

The upshot is that you have to plan your new dating life the same way you would anything else in your life as a single parent. You need to set aside a certain amount of time every week to get a makeover, fix yourself up and find a good babysitter.

So many single parents are also out of shape physically. This is due to leading a stressful lifestyle that leads to bad eating habits and a lack of exercise.

Furthermore many single parents always put their kids first and never splurge on the kind of makeovers or clothing that would be more attractive to the opposite sex.

Basically if you are serious about dating spend some time on your skin, your hair and working out and buy yourself some clothes that shows the opposite sex that you mean business when it comes to love.

Many candidates on the single parent dating scene are single because they have been burned by an ex partner. They are not in good shape emotionally. It may even take some single men or women to get into the dating scene again and it can be really difficult emotionally.

The thing that will help the single parent who is ready to love again the most is to get over his or her fear of what can happen. Trying to have a sense of humor about the past can help. In order for a single parent to have a healthy new relationship there must be some kind of attempt made to deal with pas resentments. It can be very difficult to allow yourself to be loved again but it is often the right thing to do, especially if you want your children to have a new mommy or daddy in their future.

Most single parent dating can be arranged through dating sites only for singles parents like SingleParentFlirt.com but that approach is not for everyone. You can definitely people offline as well. You can find mixers and events planned by entrepreneurs at bars and night clubs. There are also things out there like walks in the parks for singles and single dances. Churches sometimes hold dances for newly divorced or widowed parents as well.

Choosing Baby Names

Before choosing a name for your baby, there are several things that you need to consider and by the way you can take your time. Don’t feel you have to name your baby right away especially if he or she arrives early. This is a matter that does deserve some careful thought.

The first thing you need to consider is the baby’s ancestry. Usually it is nice to give your baby a first or a middle name that refers somehow to a relative in your family tree or at the very least a name that relates to a respected figure in that culture. This goes back to an ancient belief that maintains that the guardian spirit of the person the baby is named after will always watch over the child.

Before you give your child a name, be sure to look up it’s meaning on a site like ThisName.com to make sure that it does not have unflattering connotations. For instance, the name Luxton, might sound very elegant and mean “elegance” in English, but if your child is Jewish, the name will translate to mean “limp noodle.”

Another example? The name Kali might sound cute and pretty for a little girl, but in India it is the name of a Goddess of Death. Before naming your baby you should also do the “call it out loud test.”

Realize that during the first decade and a half of the child’s life that you will be calling (and maybe even yelling) this name out frequently. This is where choosing a name with a good casual short form is a good idea. The best names are those that also grant the child a versatile shorter name. For instance the name Delilah could allow a child to be called Lilly, Lilah, Dee and Del.

Yet another thing is to consider if other children will make fun of your name. Remember Gaylord Focker in “Meet the Parents.” You want to avoid a scenario like that for your child. I once had a friend named Dorcas who was the daughter of an admiral. This had great significance for her father because the name meant “Sea Goddess.” However she was cursed by the nickname Dorcas her entire life. Is the name really difficult to spell?

You can save your child a lot of grief later in life if you avoid names that don’t sound like they are spelt or that can be spelt several different ways. A classic example is Sharmain or Sharmaine or Charmain or Charmaign or Charmaine.) These can get misspelled on government and insurance forms.

You should also not give your child a name that might be shared by too many other people in the world. For instance if your last name is Smith try for a more exotic name for your child than Susan, Tom, or John. This could also cause them problems with government forms and identity theft later in life as these names are really all too common. Now that you know the ground rules when it comes to naming your child, you are ready to choose a name. The rest of the course is really just a matter of your good taste!

Ways to Use a Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter

One of the best uses for a heart shaped cookie cutter in of course to make cookies. Decorating cookies made out of a heart shaped cookie cutter can be an enjoyable family project. If you are scared that little ones will cut their fingers then buy plastic ones. The plastic ones also double as toys for cutting out play-dough after you are done using them for St. Valentine’s Day.

You can sprinkle these heart shapes cookies with just about any decorations that you like including red glitter, pink glitter pink sugar balls and edible silver balls. He3t shaped cookies also look nice dusted with pick or red Jell-O powder or paved with thick pink sugar icing.

You can also take two sugar cookies and press jam or pink icing between them. Heart shaped cookie cutters can also be used to make Jell-O treats. Simply add an extra package of clear gelatin like Knox gelatin to a pan and let it gel. You can then use the cookie cutters to create the heart shapes. This makes great finger food for toddlers. The glittering heart shapes also make beautiful decorations for other desserts including cakes puddings and pies. The extra gelatin makes them stiff enough to pick up with your fingers.

You can also make mini cakes using the cutters to make a delectable valentine’s day treat. Yet another use is for making heart shaped ice cubes and centerpieces.

The cookie cutters can also be used as templates for cutting hearts it of construction paper. Simply trace a line around the cutter and then cut it out. You can then decorate the heart as you please. You can also use it to create heart out of a photograph. You can then trim the ribbon with whatever you like so it looks nice.

In essence the heart shaped cookie cutter has been used to make a heart shaped object out o anything. You can fill them with plaster, clay or paper mache to make decorations and paperweights. You can paint the result with latex or acrylic paint. You can even embed objects. Within the heart shaped mold is space to place a flower or shell or other curio along with acrylic plastic. This is a great way to make an elegant broach. Simply use feathers to create a brooch or ornament that says “my heart has wings”.

You can cookie cutters themselves to make all kinds of crafts including sculptures of earrings and brooches.

Moms Skin Products

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Here are some great skin products for Moms. First there is BIO-OIL. BIO-OIL infuses skin with rich moisturizers to hydrate and nourish. Bio-Oil Specialist Skincare for Scars, Stretch Marks, Uneven Skin Tone, Aging Skin, Dehydrated Skin can also be used as an after-sun treatment and bath oil. Formulated with PureCellin oil to make product easy for skin to absorb.

Another great thing to do for your skin is see a dermatologist. Like Ft Lauderdale Botox . You can do treatments like Medical Microdermabrasion that exfoliate layers of your skin. Also maybe try some Broward Juvederm to get rid of facial wrinkles.

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StriVectin’s Advanced Intensive Concentrate For Wrinkles & Stretch Marks is another great product. The improved formula pairs StriVectin’s most potent combination of anti-aging technologies yet. Collagex-CE Wrinkle Repair Complex targets Collagen 3- the “youth collagen” – to restore elasticity and dramatically reduce lines and wrinkles in rapid time.
Patented NIA-114 technology floods skin with time-released energy to maximize skin health and protect against future damage. Together, these cutting-edge ingredients transform the look of your skin, starting in just 15 days.

EXUVIANCE

Exuviance Age Reverse Day Repair SPF 30 uses UV filters and a triple antioxidant complex of pomegranate, Vitamins A and E fend off free radicals and sheild skin from daily environmental aggressors, allowing the repair cycle to begin. A triple firming complex of peptides, retinol and patented NeoGlucosamine join forces to boost both collagen and its surrounding support matrix, maximizing skin filling and plumping benefits. Skin appears firmer, lifted and deep wrinkles are smoothed from the inside out. At skin’s surface, an effective level of retinol and NeoGlucosomine lightly exfoliate, increase cell renewal, diminish the appearance if uneven pigment and age spots, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. The result is visibly refined skin texture and a more even, luminous and youthful complexion.

Do You Have a Fire Safety Plan?

During the formative years of your child it is important to bear in mind fire safety in his her bedroom. To this end here are a few tips that you should keep in mind.

Avoid synthetics. That goes for everything from toys to clothing to decor. Synthetics burn faster, hotter and produce much higher quantities of toxic fumes than natural materials.

First and foremost consult with your local hardware store to acquire as class “A” fire retardant paint. This will help stop the spread of fire on the wall surfaces. Also avoid the use of carpet, they are all synthetic in nature and produce copious amounts of toxic gases under fire conditions. Natural hard-wood floors are preferred.

The baby’s clothing is also important to consider. Choose natural cotton fibers and avoid synthetics. Synthetic fibers will actually melt and fuse to the skin under fire conditions.

Keep plastic toys outside the baby’s bedroom for this same reason. In general make certain that anything in the baby’s room is made of natural fiber or wood.

Install inter-connected smoke alarms with one in your baby’s room and one every else. The current fire code requires one working smoke alarm on each level of the home and one outside each sleeping area. However, there is no such thing as too many smoke alarms.

Have interconnected smoke alarms. That means that if one goes off they all go off. They make these in a wireless format now and they are CSA listed and inexpensive. This doubles the effectiveness of your safety plan.

I know this sounds mundane and repetitive but PRACTICE A HOME ESCAPE PLAN! Have two ways out of every room, have a plan about who mom is going to get and who dad is going to get, how you will get out and where you will meet in the event of a fire.

If bedrooms are on the second floor consider rope ladders as means of escape. Make sure your windows open to allow you to get out. Train your children to leave pets and toys and just get out.

Unless you live in an urban core you must realize this…… it will take the fire department seven minutes to arrive…… you have three minutes to get out.

Plan, plan, plan, practice, practice, practice. The key is early fire detection, a well planned escape route, a meeting place and a way to survive.

Eczema Cream

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My daughter has eczema. She gets it the parts she sweats in. She sweats a lot because I’m in South Florida. Land of humidity. The parts she sweats in is the back of her knees. The cute little chubby folds of her legs and the inside of her elbow. She also has eczema on her wrists and ankles. She doesn’t sweat on her ankles. I’m not sure why she gets it there so bad. I started using Skinfix’s Body Repair Paste and it’s been working good so far. The eczema went away in 3 days, but history tells me the eczema seems to come and go. Hopefully it will keep working, I am very happy with it so far. You may want to try it out. The Body Repair Paste says it works on many dermatitis conditions such as eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. It’s a quality product with a good price. Click here for more information.

High End Baby Bassinets

Bassinets are the ultimate status symbol. They are not just cribs. They are highly decorated presentation spaces for your babies that nowadays go for thousands of dollars. They can be had for a pretty penny in just the right kind of designer theme.

For instance the Greta and Garbo bassinet is a forties style bassinet with a big ruffled hood and ruffled skirt that is made entirely out of a purple/pink draped silk shantung that is specially imported from Asia. An enormous perfect bow is placed at either side of the bassinet. The bassinet is also line with pillows in pink, chocolate and blue shantung silk that are also wrapped up in a big pink bow. It’s a steal at about $850. The Lulu Bridge Cambridge Bassinet is a similar item in a baby aspirin type pink satin with two big bows at the side.

Equally luxurious is the Lulla Smith Vineyard in Swiss Batiste Bassinet which is made out of cotton satin and ringed with bows. It comes in snow white, pink and buttercup yellow. If you want a vintage look try the Lulla Smith Angel Bassinet which is made from many yards of mint green satin and has a big bow in a color that is an antique pink on it’s prow.

One of the most luxurious bassinets in the world is the handcrafted wooden wicker bassinet by Lulla Smith that is is dressed with pure Dupioni silk and adorned with a whimsical overskirt laden with scalloped silk blossoms attached at their centers to sheer ivory silk organza and finished with an opulent oversized front bow in Dupioni Silk Blush. Silk blush is an almost lingerie flesh pink color and it is very retro looking. This beautiful bassinet will cost you about two thousand dollars once you have paid taxes on it so it really is a true luxury item for something you may likely only use for a couple of months at best.

If something that is a tuxedo style is more you style Lulla Smith also makes a thousand dollar bassinet that is made out of Duponi silk that is quite plain. This bassinet for the boy baby in your life is all white with a stripe in black at the base and two smaller stripes around the rim of the cradle. This high end baby bassinet is perfect for the little boy that is born into quite a rich family and wants to present him as a heir to the rest of the family as heir to the Dynasty!

Incredible High End Gifts for Girls

Despite the state of the world there is plenty of evidence in high end stores and online that we still like to spoil our little girls. For instance did you know there is now a category of art sales for children known as canvas art for girls? These are not the usual posters that hang on the walls. These are paintings in stretchers meant to enhance the room of your special princess. Pop art is popular in this category and you will find all kinds of images of large psychedelic flowers so that your child has something to meditate on. Large pink abstract pictures of ballerinas, ballerina slippers and tiaras are also available to decorate the perfect little girl’s room. Stylized pictures, done in the French illustrative style with lots of curlicues and swirly writing of fairies, flowers and scenes from the lives of storybook princess are also very popular.

High end bedrooms for girls should also have lots of mirrors. There are many pretty styles available including ones that are topped with tiara and crown designs done in jewels and crystals. You can also get heart shaped styles with pink glittering pave rims. Many of these designer mirrors will run you between $400 and $1000 which is a reflection of just how pampered rich kids in “the 1%” can be nowadays.

Bedding for little girls can also be insanely expensive and luxurious. The company Addison, which is famous for it’s floral tea sets (and tea sets for kids) makes floral patterned luxury curtains, headboards, cornice drapes and bed canopies that retail for thousands of dollars. However these products are exception and done in beautiful greens, yellows, oranges and pinks and have fantastic graphics of flora and fauna on them.

Little girls (and boys for that matter) can also now eat from high chairs that look like they came from the palace of Louis XIV in France. There are ornate styles with round backs, leopard print fabrics and expensive wood trimmings. Some of these high chairs are ornate, white and made out of imitation ivory. They also retail for hundreds, if not thousands of dollars per design.

Little girls can also now take personalized totes and lunch boxes with their names engraved on them. You can also buy lots of other kinds of bling for little girls including pink fluffy tutus, skirts made out of satin roses and t-shirts emblazoned with rhinestones.