Friday, 12 July 2019

Should You Discuss a Marriage Proposal?

Talking about marriage before getting married is a smart thing to do. The majority of couples
discuss marriage before getting engaged. However, the proposal is another matter. Should you
talk about the proposal and what you want it to be or leave it as a complete surprise? If you
choose to talk about it, is there any point in it happening?

The Pros

There are some benefits to talking about your expectations for a proposal. Firstly, you can both
make sure you get what you want. Maybe you both want to propose to each other. Maybe you
don't want to bother with rings. Perhaps you want a fancy affair, or just a quiet and private
moment. It sets your expectations, which is great if you don't like surprises. Being so practical
might not be for everyone, but perhaps you're a practical couple. You can create a moment that
you both love. Many people discuss possible engagement rings, so discussing the proposal is
only a small step further.

The Cons

There could be some downsides to discussing a proposal too. It removes the element of
surprise, except for if you don't agree on exactly when the proposal will happen. A completely
surprise proposal is what you might want, especially if you're hoping for something
truly romantic. It might also make the proposal seem pointless. If you've already agreed
on marriage, perhaps a proposal won't seem necessary.

Discussing your proposal in advance could be a good idea or it might not be. Whatever you do,
think about what the perfect proposal might entail.

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Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Get a Step Closer to Finding Your Perfect Partner

Dating can be a minefield, and if you have been single for a little while, it is easy to start feeling jaded
by the whole process and giving up hope of ever meeting someone new. Of course, just because you
feel like that doesn’t mean that it will be the case. You don’t need to be a certain age to find love,
a specific type or a certain anything in fact; it’s just that sometimes it can take a little while to meet the right
erson. However, there are ways of maximising your chances of meeting someone just right for you. 

Establish What You Want

If you have had relationships in the past, you probably have a pretty clear picture in your mind of what you
want from a relationship and what you don’t want!

Take some time to think about whether you want something casual such as you find through
w4m maps or something more serious and long term. Knowing what you want from your
relationships can help you to feel less confused about what you are looking for and help to get rid of that
unsettled feeling of not knowing which direction you are headed in.

Relish Your Independence

Yep, you are looking for your perfect partner, and yes, you have now established how you would ideally
like that relationship to look, but don’t forget to take a step back. Take the time to focus on yourself,
take care of yourself and appreciate yourself just as you are. Dating isn’t mandatory for happiness,
and there’s no reason why you can’t be happy and content while not in a relationship.

Enjoy the opportunities that being single brings, please yourself with the things you do and the

places that you go, without having to compromise to suit someone else.

Ironically, when focusing on yourself rather than searching for future partners at every opportunity,
the chances are that you may meet someone. When you are not actively looking for love, and are
happy being yourself and taking care of yourself, you may meet someone that’s just perfect for you
when you least expect it.

Widen Your Circle

Widening your social circle and your interests is a great thing to do on many levels. If you are trying to
find a partner, you are unlikely to do so by being sat in your living room watching box sets every evening.
Getting out and about to meet new people is going to increase your chances of meeting a potential
partner, and is also a great way of making new friends too. 

Why not take an evening class in a subject that you are interested in and have wanted to study for a long
time. Alternatively, you could take up a new hobby or sport. Taking up new interests in subjects or
sports that you are attracted to, will mean that you will meet new people with the same interests as
you, which is always a bonus when looking for a future partner.

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Monday, 24 June 2019

Is it Necessary to Sterilise Baby Bottles?

Unless your water supply is not reliably clean, sterilising baby bottles after every use is not necessary. There is no need to sterilise something that is already safe. However, it is important to sterilise baby bottles before using them for the first time, and that also applies to any other baby feeding gear like sippy cups. Therefore, sterilise the bottles before using. After that, a high number of paediatricians agree that a thorough scrubbing with hot soapy water or a dishwasher will do a great job of getting rid of the germs in the bottles and nipples. If you use a dishwasher, put the baby bottles in the topmost rack to prevent them from melting and place the nipples and other small parts in a basket.  

Sterilising your baby’s bottles once in a while is not a bad idea, particularly if your child has fallen ill. Some parents opt for special bottle sterilisers, but they are not really necessary, because soaking the bottles in a pot full of clean, boiling water for some few minutes does a great job too.  

How to Clean a Baby Bottle after a Feed 
Cleaning baby bottles thoroughly is necessary to prevent your baby from getting sick due to germs. To clean thoroughly you will need:  
·         A bottle brush to help you clean the inner part of the bottle well  
·         A large pot for boiling water.  
·         Soap  
·         Start by washing your hands with some soap and water first and dry them well.  
·         Rinse the baby bottle, nipple and other small parts with cold water right after feeding the baby.  
·         Wash the bottle and nipple thoroughly with soap and hot water.  
·         A bottle brush will help you to clean all the inside parts of the bottle well.  
·         Turn the nipple inside out to remove milk residue, and squirt out the water via the holes.  
·         Finally, rinse the bottle and nipple in clean, hot water (don’t use soap)  
·         Shake off any excess water, put back the nipple and lids back on the bottle, and place it in a clean, dry place.  

How to Sterilise a Baby Bottle Using the Boiling Method 
There are different ways of sterilising bottles, and boiling is one of them. This is how you can sterilise your baby’s bottles by boiling:  
·         Place the baby bottles, nipples, and other baby feeding gear into a large pot  
·         Add cold tap water into the pot and ensure that all the pieces are fully covered with water and no air bubbles are present.  
·         Cover the pot with a lid, bring the water to a boil, and let it boil for 5 minutes.  
·         You should allow the water to cool before you take out the feeding gear.  
·         Shake off any excess water, place the nipples and lids back on the bottles, and keep all the equipment in a clean, dry place.  

There are loads of different places to find baby equipment for cleaning and sterilising, but for more information on this I would check out the baby section on, which has thorough reviews of baby stuff, including baby bottle reviews. 

In Summary 
Sterilising baby bottles and other feeding equipment is necessary before you use the equipment for the first time. After that, this is not necessary unless your water supply is suspected to be contaminated. Cleaning the bottles in a dishwasher or with hot, soapy water is sufficient to keep them free of germs.  

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