Friday, August 31, 2018

Five Ways We Can All Become More Independent



Most of us are far less independent than we might think. We can rely on parents, partners and friends in lots of ways- and while in many cases this isn’t a bad thing, sometimes it can be. When we’re depending on someone else to take care of us emotionally, financially or in any other way, it stops us from growing and evolving as a person. We all need a little support and help at times, and that’s what family and friends are there for. But for the most part, we should be standing on our own two feet. We should be able to look after ourselves without relying on others to do so- achieving this is freeing for both us and them. If you know you’re not as independent as you should be, here are some of the ways you can make changes. 

Learn to cook
All of us need to eat. It’s about fuelling our bodies for energy, and giving it the things it needs to ward off illness and generally feel good. You might have moved away from home and no longer rely on parents to feed you, but do you rely on your partner? Do you resort to eating takeout and convenience food because you feel like you don’t have the knowledge or skills to cook for yourself? Learning to cook can save you money and also allows you to take responsibility for this area of your health. If your repertoire includes boxed mac n cheese and baked beans on toast then it’s time to make some changes! You don’t need to become a michelin star chef, but it is important to know how to feed yourself nutritious food that you enjoy and that fits within your budget. It’s surprising the number of adults out there who aren’t able to do this, so if this sounds like you you’re not alone! Things like pasta bake, chili, soups and stews and curries can all be simple to make and can be put together with humble ingredients. Check out sites like Pinterest for inspiration and learn to cook a number of dishes that would allow you to feed yourself if it came down to it without having to resort to convenience food. Even if your partner likes to cook and does all of the cooking, it’s worth you knowing as well. If you ever broke up, these are skills that you’ll need to get by on your own. 

Get a car
You might get around ok using public transport, but nothing will give you true independence quite like your own vehicle. Learning to drive can be a long and arduous process, but the quicker you get started the sooner you can pass and look into getting on the roads yourself. Buying a car can be expensive, so one trick is to save a little each week as you’re learning to drive. By the time you have your license you’ll have a good amount stashed away that you can put towards either the car or the insurance. To cover the cost of the vehicle, you have companies like sofi loans for personal loan options or you could also go with car finance. These allow you to spread the cost, and have the car right away instead of having to save up for months. 

Manage your money correctly 
Speaking of loans, being able to manage your money correctly is a sure step to independence. Even if you’re in the lucky position where you don’t need to work, it’s worth having some kind of income of your own. Working, even part time can help you to develop your skills, keep you productive and gives you access to money that’s yours. You could work from home, starting a blog or a home business could earn good money. If you’re skilled at writing, website design, app design or something else then you could become a freelancer. Budgeting is also incredibly important, whether you have a little or a lot to work with, knowing how to manage this will prevent you needing to ask others to help you financially or falling into debt. Budgeting apps, spreadsheets, even old fashioned pen and paper can all help you to keep track so find a system that works for you. 

Get comfortable with alone time
As humans, we’re social creatures. Loneliness is a real thing, we all need social interaction and a good network of loved ones around us- it’s actually good for our mental health. However, we should also be able to spend time alone when needed, and we shouldn’t be relying on others to be entertained, fulfilled or to provide emotional support at all times. Being independent is about being able to rely on yourself, being able to be there for yourself, keep yourself occupied, cheer yourself up if you’re feeling down. When we rely too much on others for emotional support we can become a burden to them, and not only that but it’s a dangerous game where you will almost always be left disappointed. Allow yourself to cry on a friend’s shoulder when you need it, but be able to pick yourself up too. Learn ways to make yourself feel better when times are hard- it could be reading a book, exercise or having a hot bath. Get comfortable with alone time and learn to enjoy your own company. There are always going to be times when the only person you have is yourself, so get to know yourself, get to like yourself. 

Consider living solo
There’s no better way to put all of these lessons to the test than by living by yourself. If you really want to know what you’re made of, and have the opportunity to stand on your own two feet then go for it. Maybe you’ve just come out of a relationship, or perhaps you’re looking to move out for the first time. Instead of looking to move in with others, give solo living a try. Cooking, budgeting, getting around and spending time alone are all things that you will have to learn to do and it can really help you to grow as a person. It doesn’t have to be forever, utilise this time and use it for self discovery and personal development.

Monday, August 13, 2018

5 Pets That Won’t Aggravate Your Allergies


Do you feel ready to take the responsibility of owning a pet? Pet allergies might be coming in the way of making the wish come true.

You need to first understand exactly what you are allergic to. Simple medical tests can tell you if you are allergic to the animal or to any dust/pollen particles that might have caused any allergic reactions. Once you know the allergens that are triggering your allergies, you can narrow down on which animal you want to welcome home.

Here are some common pets for your consideration:

Lizards

There are many types of lizards that you can buy and maintain easily. Bearded dragons are compact lizards that are easy to maintain in hotter climates. There are also many types of geckos that require less effort to keep. Chinese water dragons are less aggressive than iguanas, making them are a more preferred lizard. A chameleon might seem like a good option as a pet but the amount of maintenance that they need is very high. So, if you are planning to get a chameleon, consider the amount of care you need to take of it.

Turtles/tortoise

Multiple kinds of turtles and tortoise are legal to keep as pets. Both turtles and tortoise need well set up habitats for their survival. Discount pet items and medications that you find online can help you set up and care for your exotic pet. Once you know how to care for your tortoise or turtle you have a pet to last you almost your whole lifetime.

Fish

The most common pet is a fish. Setting up a proper aquarium and watching your fish multiply is an enriching experience. Unlike some carnival goldfish in a bowl, your fishes will have a long life if you are able to put in the work. Building a fish-friendly ecosystem has its own rewards. Once you get a breeding pair of fish that spawns wells in captivity you can get hooked.

Cats

There are some cats that produce low amounts of allergens. These cats are generally considered hypoallergenic cats. No cat is entirely hypoallergenic, they produce fewer allergens hence they are “considered” hypoallergenic. Some cat breeds you might consider are:

Siberian
Bengal
Burmese
Siamese
Sphynx

There are many other species of hypoallergenic cats. If you do have pet allergies ask your doctor if you can get a cat. With your doctor’s permission, contact authorized breeders or adopt from recognized organizations to get the breed you are looking for.

Dogs

Just like cats, no dog breed is fully hypoallergenic, they simply produce fewer allergens hence some allergic people can get them. Some breeds of dogs that are considered hypoallergenic are:

Bichon Frise
Maltese
Poodle
Portuguese Water Dog
Shih Tzu
Yorkshire Terrier

There are more breeds that American Kennel Club lists as hypoallergenic dogs. When adopting a hypoallergenic dog take them first to a pet salon to give it a spa day. The spa day for your new dog is more for you than them because the cleaning will strip them of any allergens that they might be carrying from other dogs.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Get 300 bonus SB when you sign up for Swagbucks in August #ad

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All throughout August, you can earn large bonuses when signing up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, or PayPal cash.

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how:

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Earn Free Gift Cards during the Back to School Team Challenge - US #ad

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It's that time of the year again! Swagbucks is holding a Back to School Team Challenge to help you earn free gift cards! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web!

If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes and earn points towards free gift cards and PayPal cash! The challenge runs from Monday, August 6th to Friday, August 10th.

Here's how you can join the challenge and the site:

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