Friday, June 22, 2018

4 Tips to Help New Parents Survive Sleep Deprivation

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When it comes to methods for getting a newborn baby to sleep, hundreds and hundreds of pages of expert opinion and tips have been written. There are quite literally a million different pieces of advice to help the parents of newborns ensure that their babies are getting the sleep they require.

Which is great as, lets be honest, most of us need all the help we can get in that department. Less written about however is what the parents can do to survive the sleep deprivation that comes with a newborn baby. How exactly do you avoid being turned into a zombie for whom the days bleed into one another and the concept of more than a few hours unbroken sleep is the work of science fiction?

Well, help is at hand with our four tips to help new parents survive sleep deprivation.

Sleep while baby sleeps

It’s one of the oldest clichés in the book, but it is absolutely true. When your baby is asleep, try and catch 40 winks yourself. You might think that it’s the perfect time to have 45 minutes to yourself and start that new Minka Kent novel, but in reality it’s the only time that your baby is going to be taking part in an activity that allows you to sleep as well. Make the most of it.

Give up on late night television

When you went for your scan and got your 26 Weeks Pregnant Pictures of Baby, you might have had this vision of life three months down the line of baby falling asleep at 10pm every evening, allowing you to retire to the couch to watch The Late Late Show with James Corden in peace. Well, you can forget about that. Make sure you are going to bed regularly and early, at around 10pm in order to ensure you are giving yourself a chance at getting some good quality sleep in before the call for early hours feeding arrives.

Don’t turn down help

For many new parents, not accepting help is about pride as much as anything. We see it almost as an admission that we aren’t coping with having a newborn baby. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you’ve got a trusted friend or relative who offers to look after the baby for 20 minutes, then take it. A short nap is not only refreshing for you, but it also gives your loved ones the chance to spend time with the new arrival as well.

Go away with the baby

You might think your days of road tripping are over once your newborn baby arrives but hitting the road with them can actually provide a solution to your sleep deprivation. Throw an overnight bag into the car and head to your parents once every couple of weeks. The change of scenery will do everybody a world of good, it gives the dotting grandparents the opportunity to look after their cherished new relative and it will allow you to catch up on some sleep at the same time.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

How to Make Your Used Car As Glamorous As You

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Whether your car is a brand new purchase or five years old, you must take pretty good care of it. Your car serves you so much every day. You take your children to school in your car; you go to the office in it, and it also holds all your shopping bags when you go on a crazy shopping spree. It bears the accident marks from your initial driving days, stains on the seats from the coffee you had. The brake may have become loose. All of these needs to be taken good care of. Maintaining your car not only keeps your car brand new for long but also prevents any accidents from occurring in the future. If you want to make your car glamorous and want some tips on how to do so then read on.

Removing the scratches

The first thing that people most often notice on your car is the scratches on it. Scratching removes paint from your car and makes your car look older than it actually is. If you want to preserve the beauty of your car then go for a repaint. If you have proper insurance from the car company then you can get a good paint job done at a cheaper rate. If you still do not want to spend so much then there are pens available in the market that can remove small scratches in few rubs and make your car look brand new again.

Car wash

Your car goes through so much every day. The wheels collect so much dirt and grime from the road. It is important to wash your car every week. You can get the car professionally washed or you can wash it yourself with some good car shampoo available at various petrol pumps.

Car polish

New cars have a kind of sheen to them but as the car ages, it is gone. Do not worry; you can get the sheen back by using rubbing compounds for cars and other polishing materials.

Proper servicing

Change the engine oil, check the brake, proper functioning of the horn, alignment of the car, and the condition of the ac, the airbags, and check for pollution control. You must also change the rubber seals as these get worn out due to wear and tear.

Keeping the tank full

Do not let your car use the reserve oil. Always try to keep your petrol tank full and refill it before it reaches reserve again. You must also check that the car tires have enough air.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Asthma and Sinusitis

Asthma is a common disease in the United States, and it can be quite debilitating. A large number of asthma patients also suffer from another complaint that can impact upon their quality of life, sinusitis. Let's look at the effects of both conditions, the links between them, and how to treat and manage them.

What Is Asthma?

Asthma is a condition caused by inflammation of the airways. It's a common disease, yet can cause very serious problems for sufferers. People with asthma can have difficulty in breathing, and it may be accompanied by a wheezing or rasping sound. They may also cough, and have a tight chest. There are many factors that can trigger asthma attacks, including allergies, environmental conditions, and over exertion. Inhalers, often containing corticosteroids, are a common treatment for controlling the disease, as well as relieving the symptoms during an asthma attack.

What Is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the mucus membranes inside the sinuses within the nose. Headaches and facial pain and pressure are commonly associated with the condition, sometimes accompanied by jaw or toothache. There may also be a thick discharge from the nose that can be discolored. Sinusitis sufferers may feel very ill and tired during a bout, and the symptoms can last for weeks at a time, or longer, only to reoccur again in the future.

The Link Between Asthma And Sinusitis

Studies demonstrate that many asthma sufferers, whose condition can be classified as moderate or severe, also have chronic sinusitis. Either of these conditions on their own can be very unpleasant, but when suffering from both, the negative effects of the conditions can be magnified. It has been shown that patients with asthma and sinusitis do worse with their asthma symptoms when their sinusitis is poorly controlled. Patients with asthma and sinus disease will typically benefit greatly from improved control of their sinus condition.

Treatments For Sinusitis and Asthma

There are a number of treatments that can effectively control sinusitis, and prevent the return of infections. When sinusitis is well-controlled, patients with asthma typically have improved lung function and fewer asthma-related symptoms. Patients with asthma and sinusitis should consider evaluation and treatment by an Otolaryngologist who will typically work closely with a patient’s primary care physician and/or pulmonologist with a focus on helping to get a patient’s asthma under optimal control.

The sinus specialists at Becker Ear Nose & Throat Center are dedicated to using their skills and experience to help patients, to diagnose, treat, and manage their ENT-related medical problems. They are known throughout the world for their expertise. To find out more, visit website at

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Incision Options during Breast Reduction

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Breast reduction surgery, also known as breast mammoplasty, is a procedure that is used to reduce the amount of excess fat glandular tissue in the breast. The surgery can make breasts more proportionate and attractive and can eliminate most discomfort that is associated with large, saggy breasts. When choosing to have breast reduction surgery, there are a few different options for the incisions. The position of the incisions will determine the placement of permanent scars after the healing process has concluded.

Inverted-T (Anchor) Incisions

The Inverted-T, often called the “Anchor”, incision is one of the most popular choices. During the procedure, the surgeon will make a total of 3 incisions. There will be an incision around the perimeter of the areola, one that is vertical from the areola to the crease of the breast, and one that runs along the crease underneath the breast. This option allows the skin tissue to be moved both vertically and/or horizontally. Although it produces longer scars, Inverted-T incision will leave the candidate with a thin line underneath the breast that is barely noticeable because of the position. Scarring around the areola may not be noticeable due to its color. This incision gives the surgeon more freedom to shape the breasts because excess breast tissue can be removed from any area. The Inverted-T incision is ideal for candidates with excessive sagging, a large amount of breast tissue to remove, or extreme asymmetry to repair.

Vertical (Lollipop) Incisions

Candidates that may only need a modest breast reduction and are concerned about scaring often choose the vertical incision. Also known as the “Lollipop”, this option is very popular and consists of only two incisions. There is an incision made from the bottom of the areola down to the crease underneath the breast and around the perimeter of the areola. The nickname “lollipop” is derived from the incision’s resemblance of the candy. The vertical incision provides a longer lasting result and shorter scars. This option is not always best for those who have extremely large breasts and it does limit the amount of control the surgeon has to shape the breasts. However, this incision does allow the surgeon to remove the excess fat tissue and lift the breast to a better position. In some cases, the shorter scars can cause the appearance of “bunching” at the bottom portion of the breast. However, this can fade over time. The scarring from this incision can easily be hidden under a bra.

Liposuction Incisions

Liposuction is another breast reduction option that does not have as much scarring or down time. With this procedure, the surgeon simply makes two small incisions in the crease of the breast and the scar is hidden underneath. Opting for liposuction can sometimes produce unfavorable results because the surgeon cannot determine the amount of fat that can be removed from the breast until the time of the surgery. Liposuction does not remove any glandular tissue and does not provide a “lift”. The skin is expected to naturally shift upward. However, these results cannot be determined until after the surgery is performed. This option is ideal for those who want to minimize scarring from the incisions and have minimal drooping prior to surgery.

Donut and No Vertical Scar

The “Donut” or “Benelli” breast reduction is ideal for those who wish to reduce the size of their breast but don’t have overly large breast to begin with. This procedure will only require an incision around the areola. The scaring is minimal and can be hidden due to the dark area around the areola. Women very rarely have this procedure done because of the limitations caused by the lack of incisions. It can also leave the shape of the breasts distorted because there is little access to the breast tissue during surgery. There is also an option to have no vertical incision at all. During this process, there is only an incision made around the areola and along the crease of the breast. Without a vertical incision, it’s difficult to shape the breast and it may produce an unfavorable result.

Choosing the right incision for breast reduction surgery can be a daunting task. However, the choices can be narrowed down based on the desired results, breast size and shape prior to surgery, and potential scarring after healing. It is always important to discuss your options with a Board Certified Plastic surgeon. Breast reduction surgery can be a life changing procedure and determining the right incision placement will definitely provide you with better long term results.

Plastic Surgery Institute of Miami boasts one of the premiere clinical and surgical facilities in South Florida. Each surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has thousands of hours performing cosmetic and plastic surgery on patients around the globe. The center ensures that staff take good care of its patients at the highest possible standards. You can contact their office by visiting their website:
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5 Tips to Finding the Right Hardware for Your DIY Project

When it comes to brainstorming the best do-it-yourself projects at home, crafting electronics and other computer-based devices are one of the coolest and most interesting activities that you can start with. Every project that involves electronic and robotic systems relies on a good hardware; one that is user-friendly, made of high-quality materials and has a durability that will stand the test of time.

Although doing these kinds of DIY projects can be a fun learning experience for many people, most beginners might still get lost along the way. Choosing the right hardware for your project is critical to the success of your project, that is why it is important for us to pay attention even to the smallest details. Read more about the five tips for finding the right hardware for your project and start creating your own masterpiece today.

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Get to know your project.

To avoid wasting time and resources, it is recommended that you get to know your project well first and to have a comprehensive design for it. After determining the different components that you need for your DIY electronics, it is now time for you to research on the best hardware brands and models in the market. Make sure that every piece is compatible with the one another to lessen the risks of small mechanical failures.

For most starter DIY projects, Arduino is one of the cheapest and most flexible options. At $30 or less, you can already start building your own electronic device. For more advanced projects, Xilinx Zynq 7000 is a highly recommended electronics board. It is a super low-cost alternative to ZedBoard in which designers can take advantage of the massive processing power and extensibility of its architecture among others.

Visit your local shop.

The best way to know more about the different types of hardware that are available for your project is to visit a local shop. Not only do they have a wide range of hardware that is suitable for your project, but they are also equipped with skilled staff and support team that can provide you an assistance in case you need it.

Access the best online resources.

First and foremost, you should already be familiar with these kinds of DIY electronic projects. You can learn from great online resources for beginners such as E is for Electronics and Khan Academys Electricity and Magnetism. You may also try out different electronic kits, so you will know which one is the perfect fit for your DIY project.

Check out other peoples works.

With thousands and thousands of DIY projects out there, you will never run out of ideas for your next masterpiece. You may even find similar projects that can give you an idea of which hardware is the best to use for the purpose of your device, its design, and your budget restrictions.

Get expert advice.

Learning everything from scratch is a real challenge for most of us. Fortunately, there are many opportunities in which you can work with like-minded people and ask for suggestions for your hardware needs. You may join online forums and discussions to seek help from the experts. Another option is to join hackerspaces, a community work-space in which you can collaborate hands-on with other people with interest in computers, technology, electronics, and science among others.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Expanding Tissue to Prep for Post-Mastectomy Implants

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You have discovered the distressing news that you have breast cancer. It's an overwhelming and frightening diagnosis. Not only have you learned that there is a deadly disease inside your body, but there your doctors have come to an agreement about your breasts. In addition to treatment, you are going to need to have your breasts removed. A mastectomy is going to change your body, the way you look, and the way you feel about yourself. Many women feel like they have been robbed of their femininity after their breasts have been removed. They become self-conscious and have issues with body image. It can also place a strain on their relationships with their partners. As challenging as this phase in your life is, you need to focus on the positive. Remember that you are taking charge of this illness in order to save your life. While it is true that a mastectomy is going to take a part of your body away, your plastic surgeon can create a new bust for you that will look natural and make you feel whole. The process is a journey. It will begin with expanding the tissue where your breasts were to prepare your body for implants.

How is the Tissue Expanded Prior to Implant Surgery After a Mastectomy?

You may not realize that breast implant surgery after a mastectomy is going to take place in stages. The first stage is the tissue expansion stage. This is necessary to make sure there is adequate room to position your implants. Your plastic surgeon will need to create a pocket in your pectoral muscle in order to insert a tissue expander. The expander will have a port that allows your plastic surgeon to gradually add saline to the expander. For several weeks after your tissue expander has been put in place, saline will be added to it in a process that slowly expands your breast contours in a subtle way. When your plastic surgeon determines that you are ready, you will be set for stage two of your breast implant procedure.

Your Breast Implants Will be Inserted in Stage Two

Once your tissues have been adequately expanded, your plastic surgeon will be ready to take out your expander to make room for your breast implants. You will be able to discuss the type of implant that you want. Your options include silicone and saline. The size of your implants will also be an important decision. How well your tissue has healed after your surgery and the size of your chest wall will play a role in what size implant is best for you. You may choose to remain the size you were before your mastectomy or may prefer a modest increase in size. In some cases, you may actually have to reduce your size because of the condition of your breast tissue and the effects of your tissue expansion. Your plastic surgeon will be your guide as you consider your options. Your implants will be inserted, your incisions closed. If your nipples and areolas could not be saved during your mastectomy, your surgeon can construct new nipples by using tissue from your body. Once your breasts have healed, tattoo ink can create the appearance of areolas, as well as the proper skin tone for your nipples. When all is said and done, you can have breasts that look authentic. Most importantly, they will feel like the real thing as well.

What Can You Expect for the Recovery Process?

You may have drains inserted into your breasts immediately following surgery in order to eliminate any fluid that accumulates. You will be monitored in the recovery room and should be able to go home on the same day of your procedure. You will be provided with a surgical bra. This is going to help you to avoid too much movement of your breasts. It will also reduce swelling and help to minimize your pain. You can expect to take at least a week off from work after your breast reconstruction surgery. You may need more time than that depending on if your job is strenuous. If you are undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, you may be taking a lengthy amount of time while you get your body on track. You will need to pay close attention to your incisions and cleanse them properly in order to reduce your risk of developing an infection. Be sure to follow your surgeon's advice when it comes to any limits that have placed on you concerning physical activity. You don't want to damage your incisions or cause any type of injury. Once your body has adequately healed, you will be able to fully appreciate your results. Your breast reconstruction can help you to feel like yourself again.

Should You Have Your Breast Reconstruction Surgery Immediately or Wait?

It is a personal decision when it comes to timing for breast reconstruction surgery. Some women want to begin the process immediately in order to restore their breasts. Others feel it is best to wait. If you are going through radiation and chemotherapy treatments, you may want to give your body time to deal with the negative effects of cancer therapy. Whether you wait a year or ask for reconstructive surgery right away, you can look forward to the time when you feel like your body is complete again.

Turn to Doctors Plastic Surgery to Learn More About Breast Reconstruction

The surgeons at Doctors Plastic Surgery can help you make important decisions about breast reconstruction. Feel complete and comfortable about your body once again. The compassionate staff will guide you through the process to help you reclaim your figure after cancer has had such a major impact on your life. The skilled surgeons will give you peace of mind as you move forward on this journey. Visit to book a consultation appointment.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Meatier and Cheesier McSpaghetti You Will Love

When you ask my son what is his favorite fast food chain, he will say "McDonald's" without a blink of an eye. Actually, we always have struggles in choosing where to eat whenever we go out but he always ends up as a winner.

The good news is taste the meatier and cheesier McSpaghetti that your whole family will surely love!

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Spaghetti has always been a meal that brings back fond memories of our youth, with special occasions almost regularly being celebrated with a delicious plate of this staple pasta dish. Kids’ faces light up at the simple sight of it and we can’t blame them – who wouldn’t enjoy a fun treat like spaghetti?

At McDonald’s, their version of this well-loved dish is sure to bring big smiles to the whole family as the new and improved McSpaghetti is now made meatier and cheesier – just how kids and kids-at-heart like their spaghetti to be! Noodles that are cooked just right are covered with a sweet and savory blend of tomato sauce, mixed with ground beef and hotdog slices, topped off with more grated cheese! It is without a doubt kid-loved and mom-approved!

Enjoy more bonding moments with your family at McDonald’s while savouring a delectable McSpaghetti for only P59 with drink or you can also have the little one enjoy a Happy Meal for only P99. Go and make any day special with a hearty plate of McSpaghetti, just like the family featured in this adorable McDonald’s ad: 

Taste the new & improved McSpaghetti by visiting any McDonald’s stores nationwide or by ordering via today!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

How to Find the Best Mattress that’s Right for You

Go to bed and sleep if you want to be productive. Sounds counterintuitive? Not really. Everything in this world needs rest. Even our gadgets and appliances need it, otherwise, they might stop working the right way. So, why would we humans not invest on a restful sleep? When we’re groggy and tired, our mind doesn’t function at its best. The body may feel so sluggish as well. So, if you want to be looking, feeling, and functioning at your best, then give yourself the right amount of sleep. Yup, eight hours straight without interruption!

Sad to say, we are not getting the right quality and amount of sleep that we deserve because of some circumstances. One of the culprits why you keep tossing and you just can’t fall and stay asleep is that poor old mattress. Let me ask you a question. How long have you and your mattress been together? 10 years? 12? 15? While some mattresses may last a lifetime or may still look okay after a decade, experts say that you should ditch it on or before it ages 10 years. Read more about that here.

This 2018, whether you’re about to change your current mattress or you’re buying a brand-new bed, it is important to choose something that’s best for you. But how will you know if it’s the best one?

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Know the kind of sleeper that you are.

Of course, not all mattresses are the same. Not all would be perfect for you. There’s a good reason why there’s a variety when it comes to how these mattresses are designed. One mattress is specially designed for a certain type of sleeper while some are specially made for other types.

So, know the kind of sleeper that you are. This way, you will be able to determine which mattress can give your body the kind of support that it needs while lying on bed for hours. For example, if you’re a side sleeper, you may want a softer memory foam-like mattress that perfectly contours the body and gives great support for the shoulder and hips. On the other hand, it’s best to have a firmer mattress that gives utmost comfort and ease for stomach sleepers.

Why is this important anyway? Choosing the mattress that’s specially made for your preferred sleeping position could reduce the likelihood of discomfort and waking up from cramps and body pain.

Consider the climate in the place where you live.

Some mattresses trap heat, so if you tend to have higher body temperature and you live in a humid climate, this will compromise the quality and amount of sleep you’ll get each night. You need to check if this is the downside of that mattress you’re eyeing for. If it is, then it would be wise to search for another mattress that’s designed to have a special cooling technology.

Temperature is crucial if you want to fall and stay asleep. Either too cold or too hot will make this impossible. The ideal mattress is both cool and cozy.

Check reviews and comparisons before buying.

Choosing a product to buy can be tricky, especially if you don’t have an idea what’s the ideal one like for your situation and lifestyle. Always ask for opinions and tips from the know-hows. You can also easily find honest reviews about different mattresses from the site The Mattress review- best mattresses for 2018.

Check comparisons of the various brands. Know what customers say about them—the pros, cons, and whether it’s worth the price or not. When you do so, you’ll avoid rushing to buy a mattress that you wouldn’t like in the long-run or something that’s not worth the price.

Prioritize quality over price.

What will you do with a cheap mattress that would only give you discomfort, keep you sweaty all night, and give you constant body aches? Man, it’s not worth it. You’re wasting more money than what you think. Don’t mind the price too much. Look for something that fits your budget, yet topnotch in quality—something that’s suitable for you.

A good mattress is one of the keys to have the best sleep each night. Choose wisely.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Happy Mother's Day 2018

Mother's day is one of special day that I love to celebrate with my family. Since Matthew was still with my in-laws that time, we went home to be with him.

On Mother's day, my two boys gave me this chocolates. Matthew also gave one to my mother-in-law.

As usual, a simple celebration with a family is enough for me. We woke early to start this special day. This is our special breakfast.

I cooked fried egg, Bounty chicken nuggets and skinless longaniza.

This is for our little boy who wanted a "chow fan" meal with toppings.

Then before we went to Church, our little boy requested to spend a few minutes in his little pool. He love his new pool so much (Read also: My Blessed 37th Year).

After hearing a mass, we went to the nearest mall to run some errands.

Because it's Mother day, we took photo here.

We had our simple lunch at his favorite fast food. Any guess? Haha.

Seeing this little boy so happy is more than enough gift for me.

Daddy bought me a cake too, by the way.

And when we were back at home, he's back on his pool too.

Oh, how I love spending time with my family. Being with them, makes my stress and worries away. So I make sure I give the best family care they deserve.

That's it. 

Do you also love simple celebration with your family?
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