Category: LIFESTYLE

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PAKREVIEW – THE THULE URBAN GLIDE

The Thule Urban Glide is an all-round sports stroller for the active family. The sleek and lightweight design makes it perfect for jogging on your favourite path and as an everyday stroller.

Its Swedish style, quality and functionality will be the envy of Mums and Dads wherever you go.

One of the lightest sport strollers available, the Urban Glide has all the options you and your little one need. Featuring a one-handed folding mechanism, comfy reclinable seat, adjustable handlebar, a lockable front wheel for added stability and large storage compartments. The Urban Glide also has rear suspension for a smooth and comfortable ride and  a padded seat with vented top reclines to a near flat position for on-the-go naps.  Comes in Dark Shadow, Mars and Thule Blue.

Thule was established in Sweden in 1942. And ever since then, they have  made it their business to bring you closer to the world and your passion for life.  They are an international group of people united by their own passion for helping active families and outdoor enthusiasts.

Thule helps you transport anything you care for safely, easily and in style so that you are free to live your active life. They believe in the value of an active life – whether you’re in the city or the great outdoors. For our own health and happiness as human beings, and ultimately for the respect and care we then give to the world around us.

Whatever your passion, whatever your pursuit. Wherever you’re going, whatever you’re bringing. With Thule, you’re free to live your active life to the full.

For your chance to WIN a Thule Urban Glide stroller click here.

TOP TIPS FOR CHRISTMAS PREPARATION

Christmas is just around the corner! How did that happen? Make sure you’re prepared for the big day with our handy list of Christmas preparation work.

  1. Book your pets into accommodation early if you are going away.
  2. Make sure you have your passports and all travel arrangements up to date.
  3. Start a savings account for extra food and drink costs or purchase a $20 gift card from the grocery store during your weekly shop to save for the Christmas season.
  4. De-clutter the guest room and make space for the extra gifts.
  5. Purchase your gift wrap, cards and or make your own.
  6. Get your kids thinking about what they want to give to those for Christmas (like their teachers) rather than just receive.
  7. Freeze some cooked meals for those extra crazy days in December when you don’t have the time to cook.
  8. Make a calendar of upcoming events – Christmas pageants, school functions, work parties – and organise a babysitter for the kid-free nights.
  9. Give all the indoor and outdoor furniture a good clean, especially if you are hosting a Christmas breakfast, lunch or dinner outside.
  10. Create a Christmas gift spreadsheet so you have an idea of what kind of budget you need to stick to.

What Christmas preparation does your family do?

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INJECT COLOUR INTO YOUR LOUNGE ROOM

Your lounge room is probably one of the most-used areas in the house. It should be a place where you can feel comfortable and unwind after a long day.

Pastels are one of the hottest trends this season, but whatever colour scheme and décor you choose, here are some tips to ensure the perfect blend of comfort and style with minimal clutter.

Consider the 60-30-10 Rule

When decorating a particular room, try to stick to 60 per cent of a dominant colour, 30 per cent of a secondary colour and 10 per cent of an accent colour. Often your accent colour comes from the accessories that you choose.

Accessorise with things like lamps, throws, rugs, pillows, candles, wall hangings, and indoor plant holders. A few bright pillows can add a splash of colour and freshness to any living space.

Know the Colour Schemes

Essentially there are two main types of colour schemes: complementary and analogous.

Complementary colours are across from each other on the colour wheel, such as red and green, blue and yellow, or purple and orange and are typically reserved for formal living areas.

Analogous colour schemes are next to each other on the colour wheel, such as yellow and green, blue and violet, or red and orange and are best for casual family rooms and dens.

Understand Colour Codes

We may not even notice but certain colours are associated with particular emotions, seasons and feelings. Blues and browns tend to be associated with a more restful feel while reds and yellows are associated with a lively living space.

Colours are often also associated with the season – autumn colours such as mustard yellows, russets and browns will create a calm and subdued space, perfect for resting. Spring colours, on the other hand, are more uplifting; pinks, lilac and saffron yellow create an innocent, fresh look to a room.

Are you considering a new look for your lounge area. Check out our home section for more tips on decorating and redesigning.

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GAINING CONTROL OF YOUR FACEBOOK

There is no denying that Facebook is an important tool in our personal and professional lives. Facebook helps keep our friends close and our families closer and an estimated 75 per cent of parents have an active Facebook account.

Liking posts, sharing stories and commenting on statuses are some of the ways many parents engage on Facebook but most mums admit that uploading photos is one of the best ways to make use of Facebook. According to a recent study conducted by The Parent Zone in the UK, the average number of kiddie photos parents are posting online before their little ones turn five years old is 973. And, while experts do not advise against posting photos or engaging via social media entirely, they do suggest that all Facebook users need to be well aware of just what they are sharing (and with whom).

There are countless news stories circulating about the dangers of Facebook in regards to identity theft and often the issue comes down to your privacy settings. The Parent Zone reveals that “17 per cent of parents have never checked their Facebook privacy settings and almost half (46 per cent) have only checked once or twice, despite the social network being the most common platform for photo sharing”.
If your information, including photos of your children, get into the hands of the wrong people, the consequences can be shocking. So how can you ensure that you have full control of your Facebook? Our PakMag social media team share their tips:

1. GENERAL SAFETY SETTINGS

Head to “Settings” and the “Privacy” tab. See what your settings are and edit accordingly.
Go to “Timeline and Tagging”. Enable “Review Posts” and the “Review Tags” so that people can’t post on your timeline without your approval of each post.

2. CATEGORISING YOUR FRIENDS (BEST DONE ON A PC)

To categorise your Facebook friends go to the “Friends” tab on your “Home” page. Click on the dropdown box per friend and categorise them as a “Close Friend”, “Acquaintance” or “Add to another List” that you create.

You can create lists based on people you work with, people in your alumni, people in your mother’s group and much more.

You can also “Restrict” the person so they are your friend on Facebook but they can’t see your photos or posts.

Another option is to “unfollow” certain friends and pages. That way you still remain friends but you are not bombarded with their status updates and posts.

3. SECURING YOUR PHOTOS

Like categorising your friends, you can categorise your photos which is highly recommended for the safety of your family.

Most albums can be customised for viewing in similar categories that you have set up like your friends. (Ie: “Public” can view your photos, Friends, Acquaintances or Family).

We suggest no images of children in your profile and cover pictures. The Profiles Pictures Album has to be a “Public” folder so change or remove photos from this folder if you wish, then change the settings of each album or photo accordingly.

4. VIEWING YOUR ACCOUNT AS A CERTAIN PERSON

Sometimes we don’t want certain people to see things on our timeline.

You can check to see how they see your timeline and photo albums by using the “View As” feature to see what your timeline looks like to the “Public” or as we like to say – the biggest country on Earth – Facebook. If the security is not tight enough – fix it and view again.

THINGS TO AVOID SHARING ON FACEBOOK:

YOUR PHONE NUMBER

If you want to include your phone number, make sure you hide it from your profile so only select people can see it.

• Go to Facebook and click on your name at the top of the page. When your profile page loads, click the “Update Info” button in the lower-right corner of your cover image.

• Click on “Contact and Basic Info” in the left column and next to your phone number click the “Edit” link.

• Click the “audience selector” icon and change it to “Only me.”

YOUR HOME ADDRESS

It’s best to avoid showcasing your home address. Remove it from your profile as well as any events that you have hosted at your house in the past.

• Follow the directions above to get into the “Contact and Basic Info” section of your profile information.

• Look for “Neighbourhood,” and if there’s an address there, click the “Edit” link next to it and wipe out the information.

• Then click “Save Changes.”

YOUR PAYMENT INFORMATION

Facebook is free, but it still wants your credit card number. Adding your financial information lets you buy gift cards and other products straight through the website but this could be disastrous in the wrong hands.

• Open your Facebook, click the upside-down triangle in the top right corner and choose “Settings.”

• In the left column select “Payments,” and then on the right go the “Account Settings” tab.

• You can see if you have any saved payment information and remove it.

YOUR HOLIDAY PLANS

Going away for the month? Don’t share this on Facebook until you have returned. This simply announces to your friends (and possibly others if you share publicly), that your house is empty.

Also, avoid status updates claiming “All alone tonight”or “Partner is away for the weekend” as you never know who could get this information.

• Facebook is a great place to store family photos and albums from holidays but make sure you have the right settings on the album. “Only Me” or “Family” may better than “Public”.

KIDS IN THE BATH, ON THE POTTY OR NAKED

What you may think is a sweet moment in the bath could end up on a child pornography site. It’s not a nice thing to think about, but it does happen.

• If you are going to share these photos, make sure you select the appropriate audience.

GROUP PHOTOS

According to The Parent Zone, “25 per cent of parents confess to never asking the permission of the people in photos before posting them and over half (53 per cent) have uploaded a photo of a child that wasn’t their own.”

• When uploading photos of other children, make sure you have permission from the parents first. Many parents are not comfortable having their children’s faces on social media.

WHAT IS GRANDPARENTS DAY?

“If I knew grandchildren were so great, I would have had them first!” – Lois Wyse

I am at the stage of my life where I am very much looking forward to being a grandparent. For those of you who may know me – this is not an announcement! While I am excited about becoming a grandparent, I am not putting any pressure on my two children to rush into becoming parents (I want to, but I am not).

The demise of the large family unit, where grandparents, parents and children lived together, and the rise of the nuclear family, has meant the direct contact many grandparents have had with their grandchildren has been greatly reduced. However, it seems to me the role grandparents can play in child rearing has never been more important.

Our society now recognises a wide range of living arrangements as ‘family’. The increase in the divorce rates, alternative partner arrangements, and single parent families are some of the factors which have changed over the years. All of these have an effect on the children involved.

Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying they are all negative. Not at all. I am just observing that they have an impact on children.

Grandparents often provide a consistency and certainty for children that busy parents, especially in the midst of changing family circumstances, find more difficult to give.

More often than not, if children have a question they want to ask, or an issue they need advice for, they are more likely to engage with a significant other in their lives than they are with their parents. In other words, when children feel uncomfortable speaking with their parents about something they will look for someone else they trust. This might be a close friend of the family, an aunt or uncle, or, where they can, a grandparent.

When grandparents engage in the learning experiences of their grandchildren, learning outcomes improve. Engagement doesn’t mean helping with reading at the school, or in the tuckshop (although these are great things to do). Engagement means taking an active interest in what is happening in a child’s learning journey.

Grandparents can engage by asking questions about assignments and projects, asking children to teach them something they have learnt at school, and by making it obvious to the child their education matters to them.

Grandparents are very important in the life of a child. I am grateful for all the grandparents who get alongside their grandchildren and encourage them. Grandparents – keep it up!

Australia’s Annual Grandparents Day is Sunday, 25 October.

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4 AWESOME DIY HALLOWEEN COSTUMES FOR KIDS

If your kids are anything like my kids, then they want to dress as Elsa and Ironman (for the third year in a row) this Halloween. But, have you ever considered DIY-ing your kids’ Halloween costumes this year?

But if your kids are happy to stray away from Frozen and superheroes and you have a knack for craft, then these DIY Halloween costumes we found on the amazing website Brit and Co will be right up your alley.

They do take a bit of skill in the art and craft department but, if you have the materials and the talent, then why not consider….

Little Red Riding Hood

This costume be reused for next year’s Book Week. Bonus!

halloweenridinghood

Sushi

Here’s one for the ultra crafty mums and dads out there. If you have balloons, Styrofoam and a whole lotta time, then you’ve got the makings of this roll of a costume.

halloween sushi

The Man in the Yellow Hat

And, Curious George of course.

halloween goerge

A Mummy

Are you good with facepaint and wrapping presents? Then you will have no problem mastering this mummy look – the messier, the better.

halloween mummy

What are your little ones dressing up for this Halloween?