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Baby carriers have gotten pretty trendy lately, not just because of how they look but also because of the awesome benefits of babywearing. These practical carriers help you keep your baby safe and close while freeing up your hands to do your daily tasks. 

Apart from easing your everyday life, experts have highlighted other benefits such as supporting your baby’s posture, regulating your baby’s heartbeat and temperature, reducing crying, helping with breastfeeding, improving the bond between you and your baby, and helping your baby sleep better and longer. Of course, you’ll only get to enjoy these benefits if you use a good baby carrier

Keep reading to learn how to babywear like a pro!

1. Choose the Right Carrier for your Baby

There are many types of baby carriers on the market, so it is important that you choose one that is suitable for your baby’s age, weight, and height. If you buy one that’s too small or too big, it would be unsafe for your baby, even if you wear it properly. 

Here are the most popularly-used baby carriers:

  • Wrap: As the name implies, this type of baby carrier can be wrapped around your body. Wraps are usually either soft or woven. The soft or stretchy type is recommended for smaller or younger babies, while the woven straps can be used to carry larger babies. 
  • Ring Sling: This type is made from a wrap and two rings. The rings are sewn into a part of the wrap so that it can be worn on one shoulder, thus creating a nice sturdy pouch for your baby. 
  • Soft Structured Carrier: This carrier is perfect for infants because it features straps and buckles that keep them secure. It also provides head support. 
  • Meh Dai/Mei Tai: This is pronounced ‘may tie’ and it is simply a wrap with straps. Most parents and caregivers prefer this to wraps because it is easier to wear and also more comfortable and adjustable. 

2. Know the Safest Babywearing Positions and When to Use Them

Once you’ve picked the best baby carrier for your baby, the next step is to learn the right baby carrying positions. 

The safest and most common positions are:

  • Inward facing: This is probably the best position for babies between 0-4 months. Your baby will be facing you, with their head and neck supported. You’ll need a well-padded baby carrier for this. 
  • Outward-facing: This position is for babies 4 months and up. At this age, they should have a stronger neck and require less head support. Your baby will still be facing you but will be able to move their head around and observe their surroundings. 
  • Hip carrying: You can start carrying your adventurous 6-month-old baby on your hips so that they can have more room to move about and also play with their toys. Just ensure that they are properly strapped in.
  • Back carrying: This position is also suitable for babies 6 months and older. It is great for when you’re taking a long walk or doing activities that require both arms. 

3. Follow the T.I.C.K.S Rule

The T.I.C.K.S Rule is the one thing you must never forget when babywearing. It will help prevent suffocation and also improve your baby’s neck strength. 

T.I.C.K.S stands for:

  • Tight: Your baby carrier should have head support and be tight so that your baby won’t fall. An upright position will help your baby breathe better. 
  • In view at all times: You should be able to see your baby’s face clearly whenever you look down. 
  • Close enough to kiss: Ensure your baby is high enough and close enough for you to easily kiss their head. 
  • Keep chin off the chest: Again, your baby needs to be sitting upright. Their chin should be above their chest so that they can breathe properly. 
  • Supported back: The carrier should be tight enough to support your baby’s back, but also loose enough that you can put your hand inside the sling to feel your baby. 

4. If You Have to Bend, Do It at the Knees

You should always, always, bend at the knees or legs, and not at your waist or back. This will ensure that your baby remains in an upright position and doesn’t slip out when you bend. It will also help you keep your balance. 

5. Ensure Healthy Hip Positioning

When putting your baby in the baby carrier, make sure that your baby’s hips are bent and the legs spread apart. Your baby’s legs should always be straddling your body. This will allow for good hip development, and also prevent hip dysplasia (a condition where the hip joint is loose or deformed). 

6. Practice Babywearing Without the Baby

This should go without saying, but please don’t practice babywearing for the first time with your baby (or anyone else’s). 

You can use a stuffed animal, small pillow, bag of chips, anything that you can conveniently carry. Be sure to read the carrier’s instruction manual and practice how to wear it, take it off, and use the straps or buckles. After this, you can try out the different positions and maybe the first three parts of the T.I.C.K.S rule.

Other Tips on Babywearing 

  • Choose baby carriers that have strong buckles or snaps.
  • Make sure that the fabric is soft, skin-friendly, and does not have tears or holes.
  • Always dress appropriately. Dress for the weather so that your baby can maintain a normal temperature and breathing pattern. 
  • Be extra careful when walking. You will be more likely to slip or trip because of your baby’s weight, so you need to be more mindful of your surroundings. 
  • Never lie down when babywearing. Remember that your baby needs to be in an upright position, so be sure to remove the baby carrier, or at least take your baby out of it, before lying down. 
  • Have your hot coffee or soup before putting your baby in their carrier. You don’t want to be startled and accidentally spill hot food on their precious head.
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How to Discover Your Decorating Style

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Do you ever feel like some people got the style bone while you got stuck waiting for the dregs? Does the thought of doing a Pinterest DIY craft or an art project strike fear into your heart?

Maybe your talents lie elsewhere, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have what it takes to find your own decorating skills! 

Yes, your style bone could be sitting there, patiently waiting for you to uncover it. You just need a little help!

Luckily, there are experts whose job it is to do just that. These pro tips and tools will guide you on the journey to discovering your decorating style — fast!

1. Get Familiar With the Trends

You can’t beat yourself up for not knowing how you want to decorate if you don’t even know your options. That’s like trying to choose a favorite candy when you’ve never had any sweets before. Totally unfair!

Thumb through some magazines or browse interior design websites to see what’s trending and what’s passé. 

The search for the “top” magazines and websites will lead you down a rabbit hole of suggestions. 

Before you get stuck in that abyss, try some of these:

  • Architectural DigestThe leading authority on international interior design styles, with its content available both in magazines and online
  • Elle Decor – Also in print and digital, beauty magazine Elle’s spread to home decor is one of the go-to places for modern style
  • Better Homes & Gardens – The must-have magazine for home decor, redecorating, and exterior makeovers, online and in print

Out of these three essential interior design experts, you should be able to find something that sparks your interest! Who knows, you might even get hooked and subscribe for regular style updates.

2. Quiz Yourself

Today’s digital era is the world of online personality tests.

Interior decorating is no different. Just as you can take a quiz to discover your best makeup or clothing look or learn who your best astrology match is, you can get your decorating style.

Check out these professional quizzes to discover your best home look in just a few short questions:

After you get your quiz results, you can explore the site more and find decor you might want to buy. 

3. Notice Your Strong Likes and Dislikes

A lot of your decorating tastes are already evident in your daily life.

When you go shopping, what clothes and decor attract you? Which styles automatically turn you away?

As you’re exploring, you’ll notice a variety of different styles in the home decor department. These items strive to appeal to people who prefer a specific look. The ones you like will help you learn your preferences.

You could be more of a minimalist, traditionalist, contemporary, or rustic person — or something else entirely.

Bring a pad of paper or a note app on your phone with you as you shop. Make a list of colors, patterns, materials, and textures that you like.  Then keep another one of those you absolutely can’t stand.

This will help you in your search for your true decorating style.

4. Check Out the Apps

You know that game that was all the rage not too long ago, “The Sims”? It was the perfect way to learn your decorating style, all while having fun and not realizing you were getting an education.

Now, that same idea has sparked a host of apps you can download.

You don’t have to play a game to find your style (although you can!). 

Just check out these apps:

  • Chairish – Available on most Apple products, this app lets you play around with colors, patterns, and textures until you are satisfied. If you find something you really love, you can order it straight from the app.
  • 1st Dibs – If your steps up to now have led you to more of a vintage path, try this app. It works on iPhones the same way as Chairish. But the selection is geared toward those who like the finer things in antique and vintage decor.
  • Houzz – Upload pictures of each room in your home to your Apple device, then play all day. This app lets you use a variety of furniture and accessories in their arsenal, moving everything around until you’re happy. If you love something, buy it right then!

Better than a game but just as addicting, these home interior apps will keep you busy as you learn your favorite style.

5. Bring in Your Favorite Things

We’re not talking about raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens here. When you bring your favorite things into your decorating style, it means that you get to show off your hobbies and interests.

Do you travel a lot? Love music? Have an extensive collection of dolls or cows? 

The things you love should be part of your decor style — within reason. 

For instance, just because you have thousands of albums doesn’t mean you should display them all. Instead, pick your top favorites and hang them on the wall, then house the rest inside a curio cabinet.

The same type of idea applies to anything you have, whether it’s movies, baseball cards, figurines, or anything else. Don’t hide your passions, but keep to the “less is more” way of displaying them.

Conclusion

When you feel like it’s time to unearth your style bone, you don’t have to be an interior designer or an archeologist! You just need to use these pro tips to find your decorating style. 

It’s there, and you can figure it out without a college degree or a professional to help you!
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Dominique Daniels is the Business Manager at The Pointe. With over five years of property management experience, she begins and ends each day loving what she does. She finds joy in helping current and future residents and makes The Pointe a place everyone loves to call home.

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Decorating with Color: 5 Expert Tips

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Adding color to your home’s interior is about testing boundaries and pushing limits. 

The living room’s mustard yellow walls jive with the electric-blue sectional perfectly. Then you add a bright purple vase to the mix, and suddenly, you enter “outlandish” territory. 

Finding a happy medium isn’t quite about trial and error as much as understanding color schemes and the magical “potions” they combine to create. 

Don’t settle for neutral colors that rob your home of its aesthetic potential. Say goodbye to greys, beiges, and whites!

Instead, learn how to decorate with color by using our five favorite expert tips:

Choose a Color Palette

Even with HGTV programmed as the default channel on your television, nothing can shield you from making the quintessential “rookie” mistakes:

  • Throwing together any (and all) decor within a specific scheme, like an all-blue living room that looks drab, overdone, and borderline obsessive
  • Plucking decor from the shelves that look good on their own but combine to look jumbled, disorganized, or outright dizzying to guests

Unless you have a naturally artistic eye and a knack for interior design, figuring out which shades go together can seem like a mind-numbing or even impossible task.

The solution: 

Finding the right color palette.

Online programs like Color Hunt or Coolors can take the legwork out of discovering the right tones. Select a shade similar to your preferred focal point (like a vase or a painting). Or completely randomized the palette if you’re seeking inspiration.

Copy down the Hex color code, and take it to your local Home Depot when you order a new batch of paint. Don’t forget to save the accent colors on your phone for your next furniture hunting session.

When all else fails, stay within the palette!

Build Around a Focal Point

Unless you’re starting with a blank slate (a brand new construction) or want a complete room overhaul, you likely already have a focal point. That is, an item that snatches your guests’ attention as they waltz into your living room for Christmas!

The first trick:

Committing to a focal point.

To get past that elephant in the room, a focal point can be any decoration that’s even remotely eye-catching. Your preferred focal point could be an 18th-century stained glass window, trestle coffee table, or even an old-fashioned wallpaper accent wall.

Now, take a closer look at the decoration that’s inspiring your next renovation — what colors seem to draw the most attention?

With your focal point in mind, apply the 60-30-10 rule to the remainder of the room:

  • 60% will be a relatively neutral shade for the future wall colors
  • 30% should make up the larger pieces of furniture in the room
  • 10% ought to consist of the accent pieces (the finishing touches)

A white, blue, and emerald ceramic bowl could translate into crisp white walls, matching blue sofas, and an emerald green coffee table.

The closer you can match the shades, the better!

Push the Normal Boundaries

There are two very challenging aspects of redecorating:

  1. Feeling trapped in the confines of classical interior design
  2. Feeling the desperate urge to avoid color faux pas

It’s time to break through the mindset that there’s only one right way to add colors to your living space.

Crush those stereotypical boundaries by:

  • Shunning the fact that dark-colored walls are “out” for good
  • Decorating a room to your fancy, even if it doesn’t make your room feel bigger or more luxurious
  • Only adding colors, patterns, and textures when it makes sense to you
  • Skipping the relentless grey tones that have taken the industry by storm
  • Remembering this is the space you’ll live in 24/7, not the judgmental folks on Pinterest or Instagram

Think about this:

Just 50 years ago, wood paneling everywhere was the cliche mark of a cozy abode. Not two decades ago, faux antlers on the wall stole the show.

No matter how urgently you try to fit in with the current trends, many will become outdated within 5-10 years. It might not be in right now, but it could be next year!

Learn What Colors “Say”

Painting your kitchen neon orange or purchasing a dandelion bedroom comforter could stem from little more than your personal taste. However, as the era between your last art class and today continue to broaden, there’s one thing you forget:

Colors describe emotions.

Before you overhaul an entire room or floor based on what’s “hot” in today’s market, think about what you want each room to say. For example:

  • Red means love and passion, making it a more logical choice for a bedroom than a dining room.
  • Orange stands for energy, the same thing you crave while crushing through a workout in your home gym.
  • Yellow represents happiness and joy; a great way to begin the day as you sit down for a hearty breakfast. 
  • Green screams “harmony,” turning a typically hectic living room into the perfect post-work cool-down zone.
  • Blue denotes strength (not just sadness), with certain shades complementing an office space ideally.
  • Purple carries a sense of wealth and royalty, making this scheme ideal if you crave status and respect (like in an entryway).

It might help to think about how you plan to use each room. For example, if you have a spare bedroom that would make an incredible home office, cobalt-colored paint could deliver an air of confidence while you work!

Look Past the Usual Decor

The biggest mistake we make while decorating our homes (or apartments) is overlooking the importance of color. “Color” goes far beyond the paint on your kitchen walls, also including things like:

  • Lamps and light fixtures
  • Rugs or carpeting
  • Paintings and artwork
  • Throw pillows
  • Wallpaper
  • Centerpieces and standard decor
  • Doors and window sills

As you set work decorating in your chosen color scheme, consider every item that’ll be on immediate display. Your guest bedroom might look perfect at first glance, but a gold-colored flower pot might clash with the rest of the theme.

Before you add anything new, no matter how small, consider how it could impact the entire room. Don’t overlook adding a few neutral tones and pieces to reduce the frenzy of brightly colored decorations!

Conclusion

No matter where your color decorating plans take you, understand that the classic “rules” of interior design aren’t mandatory.

Maroon cabinets? Go for it.

A chestnut china cabinet? Have at it.

Coral carpet? Why not?

All of these things together in one room? With a little tinkering, sure.

Every piece of furniture and paint shade out there has unlimited matching opportunities. All it takes is the right accent pieces, color palette, and fabrics to turn a clashing, drab bedroom into an unforgettable, cozy oasis.

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Adam Marshall is a freelance writer specializing in all things apartment organization, real estate, and college advice. He currently works with Paramount 3800 to help them with their online marketing.

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Creative Ways to Help Those in Need

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The end of the year is just around the corner and new year’s resolutions are surely being made. There is no denying this has been a difficult year across the globe, but more so for some than others. For those in more fortunate place at the moment that are looking to find safe, socially distant ways to help those in need, here are some creative ways to give back and support your local community.

Make Knit Clothing, Accessories and Blankets for Local Shelters

A wonderful way to give something from the heart to those that need it the most. Knitting is a therapeutic way to make something for others while helping to encourage calmness and relaxation for yourself. There are tons of different knitting and crocheting ideas to choose from, like a cozy Bernat blanket yarn pattern or warm clothing like:

  • Knit sweaters or pullovers
  • Knit vests
  • Knit ponchos or ponchos with sleeves
  • Knit shrugs or tunics
  • Knit socks

For smaller and more simple projects that will still make a big difference for someone on a cold day, there are plenty of warm knit accessories to make like:

  • Knit hats, headwraps or beanies
  • Knit scarfs, infinity scarfs or cowls
  • Knit gloves or mittens
  • Knit booties

Knitting warm items to donate to a local shelter is the perfect way to put your creativity to good use.

Bake Treats for Neighborhood Centers

Since social distancing is necessary for playing our part to help society get through this trying time, make sure to call ahead and see if your local centers are accepting food drop offs.

Baking treats is one of the kindest and tastiest ways to bring a smile to someone’s face. There is no need to be a chef in the kitchen to make something simple and delicious, like:

  • Sugar cookies or chocolate chip cookies
  • Fruit or chocolate chip muffins
  • Banana bread
  • Sheet cake with icing
  • Brownies

Make sure to use disposable or reusable containers you won’t need returned when dropping off your freshly baked treats. One thing is certain, baking treats is a wonderful way to make an anonymous difference in someone’s day by letting them know people are out there that care.

Offer Your Time

There are many ways to give back to those in need but giving your time is one of the most thoughtful ways to be there for someone else. With social distancing in consideration, try calling local shelters or centers to see if volunteers are needed.

Perhaps there is a way to get creative and offer to do virtual visits with someone in need, such as:

  • Virtual story reading for children at neighborhood centers
  • Virtual visits with the elderly
  • Virtual study buddy for students of shelters

For anyone able to offer their time in a more physical way, check if there are opportunities to help with serving meals or to help with cleaning kitchens and other areas of local shelters and centers.

Any way you can offer to help is sure to make an unforgettable impactonthose who needs it most.

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Before dry winter air gets the best of you, Minimalist is here to the rescue!

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It’s January – the time of the year when we make new travel and fitness resolutions!


From going backpacking into the woods to lounging by the mountains with a cup of piping hot chai and whatnot, our list of travel fantasies is endless especially during winters. You may think you have all the travel checklists ticked off – windbreaker, mittens, toiletries, hiking boots, etc, but there is one crucial thing that is still missing – skincare products!

Skincare is the last thing that comes to our mind when we travel but mind you, it is an absolute necessity with the ‘dry’ winter air being the first and foremost reason. Speaking of which, many people tend to think that pigmentation is a summer thing or something that occurs only during pregnancy. However, cold temperatures, decreased humidity and dry weather can also lead to the appearance of pigmentation spots. As you move towards higher altitudes, the skin barrier loses its ability to hold onto oil and water, thus, its propensity for dryness and pigmentation increases. 

Nevertheless, with Minimalist’s Alpha Arbutin 2% + Hyaluronic acid 1% as a part of your daily skincare regime, you have no need to fret at all. It is one such product that has a proven record of dramatically reducing pigmentation and blemishes just within a few weeks’ time. Packed with the goodness of ingredients that have soothing and lightening properties, the serum works like a magic wand for your skin.

How Minimalist’s Alpha Arbutin 2% + Hyaluronic Acid 1% works

  • Alpha Arbutin significantly inhibits melanin production that is the main cause of hyperpigmentation.
  • It further reduces the degree of sun tanning to a great extent after the skin is exposed to UV Rays.
  • Hyaluronic acid, owing to its ability to draw and hold water, brings moisture on your face.

Other magic ingredients infused in this serum by Minimalist include Aloe Vera Juice, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Propaediol, Ethoxydiglycol, etc. While the product is said to have lightening properties, it is not to be used as a fairness treatment.

With that said, one may not help but wonder – There are ocean full of anti-pigmentation products out there so why should I opt for this particular brand? This is because its serums are silicone, paraben and fragrance free. Moreover, the brand is utterly transparent about the ingredients it uses and how they work so that you remain aware about what you are feeding your skin with and what exactly happens beneath the layers of your skin.

Before you apply Minimalist’s Alpha Arbutin 2% + Hyaluronic Acid 1% every morning and evening, make sure that your face is thoroughly cleansed and well-moisturised. Just two or three drops will go a long way. Since it is known to reduce melanin production, following it up with a high SPF sunblock is imperative.

Now that you know everything you need to know about taking care of your skin to save it from pigmentation during winter travels, here’s to a guilt-free trip this year! Cold weather or oh so much sugar – nothing can get in the way of your skin looking and feeling its best.  

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Some Window Cleaning Tips and Water Fed Pole Methodology

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The water fed pole ways are definitely taking over the window cleaning manufacture, with many a window cleanup acknowledging the welfare and hopping on board. Not only is it much secure as it destroys the necessity of climbing up ladders, but it is also proved to be much faster than traditional cleansing, as so lengthy as pure and clean water is used, but the windows besides do not need to be dried. This means that many houses can be cleaned in a day, which affects more money earned.

Invest in Nice Equipment:

It is a best-known saying that a great employee never blames his tools, nevertheless, when it comes to window cleaning with a water-fed pole, the tools do have many to do with the effect. Make sure you know precisely what you need and do you investigate all the choices. There are many brands out there to select from so check assessment on forums and see what will work great for you.

Practice Makes Perfect:

Like any new and latest skill, the more you practice the more natural it will become. Practice at basic on your personal windows at home, and then move onto families and friends, so lengthy as they don’t mind, and make sure you practice with antithetic window variety, shapes, heights, form, and angles, as this can each impact the way you neat and clean them. Then when you cognizance confident you can begin with existing paying clients. Some people will select to begin charging lower cost until they feel like they are at a professional modular, nevertheless, there is the trouble of when you do put your exercise up you might lose clients, so bear that in mind.

Take Your Time With The First Neat And Explain The Process To The Client:

First cleans can be windows that haven’t been cleaned for a while, normally anything from 5 months advancing. This will mean the windows are especially dirty, and the ungraded will be more crags fast onto the window, meaning you will need to spend some time and possibly use extra cleaning merchandise to get adequate effects. You should also require the possibility of few places to occur after a first clean and neat. This is due to excess dirt sitting in the soffits and joins of the window, even after removal some dust may still run behind the window. Make sure you inform the client to set expected values.

Ever Wet The Surface First:

It is essential to get the afloat surface region wet with your pure and clear water first. Because of the manner neat and pure waterworks, even just the water sitting on the window will be beginning dissolution and relaxation the dist, making it easier to then neat and clean.

Rinse Rinse Rinse:

The cardinal to a faultless finish is to remove the window off thoroughly. This will cut down the opportunity of any invisible dirt dripping down after you’ve polished cleaning and therefore leaving spotting on the window.

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