The Fantastic Billy’s World

Surprises happen. One day we are decorating for our new baby. The next we have to get double supplies because it’s going to be twins. While it was not an expected surprise, it nonetheless made things a bit more difficult. My husband still goes to work every day, but I had to quit writing for a bit. Trying to keep two babies calm when they start teething is an all-day affair. Eventually, they got older and now are in their toddler phase. Everything dangerous is magical, and everything safe is boring. Plus, they can’t even stay still for more than five minutes at a time, running in different directions, leaving me to somehow grow another head and set of arms.

Though genetic mutations still haven’t been perfected, I did come across something both of them love to do together—Billy’s World. In this magical land with Billy and his singing puppet friends, my kids have found silence and stillness as they lie entranced by their favorite colorful characters as they are treated to favorite nursery rhymes and educational stories.

Unlike TV shows that are only gimmicks for advertisers to hock their wares and other sites that seem kid-friendly but are laden with ads, Billy’s World is free of that noise. This means I can simply hook my kids up on our tablet and let them enjoy learning how to navigate a web page. If that is too much for them, I simply open up the YouTube channel and get the playlist going. This then cycles the videos for my kids so they don’t have to do anything (great before nap time when doing anything is worth screaming over).

For further accessibility, Billy’s World lets me download everything as an MP3 for free. This then lets me put it on my phone, the tablet, a CD or virtually anything else so my little ones can listen to their favorite songs in the car or in a store. Believe me when I tell you this distraction is much needed during errand runs. If it weren’t for Billy’s World, I don’t know what I would do. This wonderful site has given me a great tool to both keep the kids corralled while making sure they learn valuable lessons before they eventually head off to Kindergarten.

Thanks to Billy’s World, I can finally get a break while knowing my kids are learning essential facts.
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Different types of families

There are many types of families that exist in the modern world. All of them have different dynamics, structures and relationships. Some are more common, some are less common. All of them vary a lot.

Nuclear Family

This is the standard, traditional family structure. It’s made out of two parents and one child. According to some research, about 70% of children live in such families.

Single Parent Family

This family structure consists of one parent, and one or more children. Single mothers are more common, but it is not strange to see single fathers. Statistics show that one in four children are born by a single mother. These families are usually very close in relationships. Because there’s only one pay, single parent families often struggle with money.

Extended Family

This family structure consists of two or more adult people who are either related or not, who are living in the same house. Usually a lot of relatives live together in this family structure. This family structure usually exists because there were financial problems, so a few incomes came together to help each other out. Over the years, these families are getting more common.

Childless Family

Although the common way people see families is with children, but families without children are becoming more common. The structure consists of a wife and husband living together.

Stepfamily

Statistics show that over half of all marriages end up in divorce, and it is not strange that these people marry again. In this way, a stepfamily is created. They are very common. Children usually don’t behave very well in this family structure.

Grandparent Family

Statistics show that one in fourteen children are raised by their grandparents. It happens when the parents are not able to care for the children, either because of death, addiction or something else.

Tips for home meditation

The core element that lies in the middle of meditation is focusing a 100% on something. Meditation will give you a big amount of benefits, going from health, to better concentration, lower anxiety, and you will feel much happier.

It is not uncommon for someone to try meditation, but not many people stick with it through a longer period. To help you learn more about meditation and make it easier for you, here are some tips that can help beginners pass the hurdles that they will face at the start.

1. Make it formal
Schedule a time for yourself to meditate. Morning and evening, or whatever time works for you. Set aside the time to practice meditation, and you will see progress.

2. Start breathing
When you breath deep, your heart rate slows down, it relaxes your muscles, it sharpens your mind and is the perfect way to start your practice.

3. Stretch
When you stretch, you loosen your muscles and tendons, which allows you to sit more comfortably. Also, it helps you focus.

4. When meditating, meditate with a purpose
When you are a beginner, you need to understand and learn that meditation is an active process. It’s not easy to focus a 100% on something, so you need to put in the work to make it happen.

5. Recognize the frustration
A lot of people when they start meditating feel frustrated because the results aren’t coming as fast as they would like them to come. Recognize this as a part of the process, push through it.

6. Experiment
People usually have a fixed view on what they should do when meditating, but you don’t need to do that. Experiment and see what fits you the best.

7. Feel your body
It’s very beneficial for beginners to be conscious of your body when you start to feel the meditative state. When you quiet your mind, concentrate on your feet, and work up to the whole body. It’s an indicator that you are on a good meditative path.

8. Choose a specific room in your home for meditation
Choose a special room just for meditation. Make sure it’s not the room you do your work in, where you study, or exercise. Make sure your personal meditation space has candles and other spiritual stuff. Also, make sure the lighting is good, so a nice pair of Blockout Vertical blinds should do the trick.

9. Read a few books on meditation
Meditation guides will help you learn something more about meditation, and knowing more about it will make you better at it. You will also get motivation from these books.

10. Commit
Meditation is something you do all your life, and the most benefit you will gain is by not looking at what you achieved. Do your best, and you will feel much better.

11. Be aware at random times during the day
Focus on your breathing, be in the moment, while not in the process of meditation, is something you can do.

Bringing in a winter feel into your kitchen

Is there anything better than a warm home during the winter days? Well, to enjoy in that feeling everyday, there are some neat things you can do.

Next to being warmed by a crackling fire, let’s give warmth to our eyes. During the winter, you will spend most of your time in the kitchen, so why not decorate this space in the winter spirit and enjoy in it even more when making food?

You can stick to simple decorations such as snow flakes on the windows or on the wall, but you can also let your imagination go wild and decorate whatever you think of.

Warm home during the winter days

First, think what winter means to you and what it brings. For example, twigs, candles, stars, shiny decorations, lamps. Make sure the decorations don’t bother you when you’re working in the kitchen.

  1. You will probably have extra decorations when you decorate your tree. Use the remaining decorative balls by spraying them with artificial snow, and you can add a few stripes, and then put them in a decorative bowl that you can keep on your dining table.
  2. Find the pinecones that look the most beautiful to you, then make various shapes that remind you of winter and put them on the pine cones you have chosen.
  3. If you love pinecones you can paint them and put them in a transparent vase. It will decorate your working area and add contrast.
  4. Make a paper tablecloth in the shape of snow cones. You can put some of the mentioned decorations on it.
  5. Make mini presents from paper that you can hang on the fridge door instead of magnets.
  6. Take two small glasses and stick stars and snowflakes on them, and put a candle inside – if they are scented even better. Next to making your kitchen more beautiful, it will spread a nice scent. Also, instead of paper flakes, you can uses twigs.
  7. Take a little time and make a lot of paper shapes that remind you of the winter that you will then glue on something which will fill your kitchen with a winter spirit.
  8. Make a cardboard cone that you will paint green, and then glue buttons or pieces of jewelry on it. Don’t forget to make a star that you will on the top.
  9. Let your children paint the stars. You can hang them on the top of your kitchen window, stylish roman blinds, chandelier or whatever place you like.
  10. If you are planning to make a real effort, you can make a snowman out of glass. If you put a candle inside it, it will warm up your entire kitchen and bring in winter atmosphere.

So you see, bringing in a winter atmosphere in your kitchen is not too difficult or complicated. Of course, you have to make a tiny effort, but that tiny effort will pay off big. Once you get that feeling in your kitchen, you won’t want to get out of it.