The Best Tips For Looking After Your Elderly Parents

The Best Tips For Looking After Your Elderly Parents

Knowing how to best look after your elderly parents can be challenging. They may need more help than you can give them, and they must receive the care and support they need to live a comfortable life.

#1 Talk To Your Parents About Their Care Needs And Preferences

The first step is to talk with your parents about their specific care needs and preferences. This will help you to understand what assistance they need daily and what kind of support they would like in the event of an emergency. It’s also important to discuss any changes in their health or mobility, as this can impact their care needs.

If your parents are reluctant to talk about their care needs, try to reassure them that you want to help make things easier for them. Let them know that you’re not trying to take over their lives but want to ensure they get the best care possible.

#2 Make A Plan

Once you’ve had a discussion with your parents about their care needs, it’s time to make a plan. This should include who will be responsible for which tasks and a backup plan in case something happens to the primary caregiver. Having a plan for finances is also essential, as elderly care can be expensive.

If you’re the one who will be taking on the majority of the caregiving responsibilities, it’s essential to make sure that you’re prepared both emotionally and physically. This is a big undertaking, and it’s vital to go into it with your eyes open. Talk to other caregivers, join support groups, and read up on the subject so that you know what to expect.

#3 Put Them In A Nursing Home

This is probably the most difficult decision, but sometimes it’s the best thing for your elderly parents. If they can no longer take care of themselves, then putting them in a nursing home can be the best option. This way, they will be able to get the care and attention that they need, and you will not have to worry about them as much. Of course, this is not an easy decision, but if you feel it’s the best thing for your parents, you should do it.

If you decide to go this route, choosing a good nursing home where your parents can feel safe and comfortable is essential. It is also crucial to report nursing home abuse as soon as you see it. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is all too common, so it is essential to be vigilant. By choosing a good nursing home and being aware of the signs of abuse, you can ensure that your parents will be well taken care of.

Looking after your elderly parents can be a difficult task. However, following these tips can make it a little bit easier. Remember to talk to your parents about their care needs, make a plan, and put them in a nursing home if necessary. By doing these things, you can ensure that your parents will receive the best possible care.

Top tips before you give birth

Top tips before you give birth

Having a baby is very exciting but can be nerve-racking at the same time. If it’s your first baby, you won’t have gone through the physical changes that having a baby brings where you will have very happy moments but may feel down at others. 

If you are worried about giving birth, you are not alone! Many people give birth on a daily and hourly basis and have no problems at all (If you do have any issues you can contact a company like www.childbirthinjuries.com to help, but let’s hope it doesn’t come to this) Giving birth is a big deal which is why it’s important you prepare yourself as much as possible before the time comes.

To help you with preparing, here are our top tips before you give birth. 

Make and freeze meals 

On the days leading up to giving birth and the days after giving birth, you are not going to want to cook much food at all. Instead of having to add this unnecessary stress, prepare a range of meals well in advance and freeze them. This way you can get them out and defrost them in the microwave when you get hungry. This can help you eat more healthily instead of turning to fast food but also saves you the effort of having to cook for yourself when you get home. 

Make a care basket 

When the baby arrives you’ll want to have as many things nearby as possible and this is when a care basket comes in. Fresh bottles, nappies, baby wipes, Sudocrem, you’ll want to have it all prepared and ready so that you aren’t searching for it all when the baby arrives. Have multiple care baskets set up so that you can have one with you at all times. Have one at your, one at your parents and one at your grandparents, this way it doesn’t matter where you are, you have baby essentials ready and waiting. 

Do the laundry 

It sounds silly, but having the laundry done and dusted before you go will be a very positive thing. It means that not only is your home tidier but it’s one less thing to think about when you get back. All baby clothes should be washed before being used, so doing the laundry is the perfect excuse to wash them at the same time. Remember to use non-bio as this is less harsh on your little one’s skin. To save time, you can still use the tumble dryer to dry the clothes. It may also be worth investing in a new clothes rack as you’ll have plenty more clothes to dry when the baby arrives – you’ll soon be teaching your children to do their own laundry to help them grow up into respectable adults. 

What are your top tips before giving birth? Are there any tips that we have missed that you think should be included? Is there anything you would like to share that will benefit our readers? Let us know in the comment box below, we would love to hear from you.

Q Tip Skeleton

Q Tip Skeleton

Since Halloween is right around the corner, I thought that today me and my little would do a little Halloween craft to hang on the frig. Any time we can do a craft to hang up, I’m all over it.

This is incredibly easy which as you know is my “thing”.

 

What you’ll need:

  • Q Tips
  • Glue (I used hot glue and regular Elmer’s Glue)
  • Black Construction paper
  • Skull (I just cut mine out of white construction paper)

 

Basically all you need to do is cut your Q Tips to the size you want. This is where your creativity comes into play! Any way you want to position your skeleton is totally up to you!

Here’s our version. We laid it out on the table first to get a general idea of how it was going to look glued on the paper.

 

 

Then just glue it on the paper however you want! Waalaaa 🙂 I just drew on the face with a sharpie.

 

 

Admiring our hard work!

Halloween Snack Recipe: Wicked Witch Sandwich Cookies

Halloween Snack Recipe: Wicked Witch Sandwich Cookies

A plate of these wicked witch sandwich cookies will be a point of pride for little trick-or-treaters and a yummy bite for adult guests.

 

Yield: 20 sandwiches

 

Ingredients

For the cookies:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 ounce unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 3/4 sticks unsalted butter, slightly softened
3 tablespoons whole milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice

For the frosting:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon orange food coloring

For assembly:
1 small sandwich bag
20 chocolate kiss candies

 

For the Cookies

1. Combine flour, cocoa, sugar, salt and baking soda in a food processor and pulse several times to mix thoroughly.
2. Cut butter into small chunks and add to the flour mix. Pulse several times.
3. Combine milk and vanilla in a small cup. With the processor running, add the milk mixture and continue to process until the mixture clumps around the blade or the sides of the bowl.
4. Form the dough into a log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap the log in parchment paper and refrigerate for one hour or until firm.
5. Position the oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven, then preheat to 350 degrees F.
6. Line the baking sheets with parchment paper and nonstick spray. Cut the log of dough into slices 1/4-inch thick and place one inch apart on the pans to account for spread.
7. Bake, rotating the baking sheet from top to bottom and back to front about halfway through baking, for a total of 12 to 15 minutes. The cookies will puff up and deflate; they are done about 1 1/2 minutes after they deflate.
8. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets on racks, or slide the parchment onto racks to cool completely.

Note: The cookies may be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks or frozen for up to 2 months.

Makes 50 to 60 1 3/4-inch wafers

 

For the Frosting

1. Fit a mixer with the whisk attachment. On a low speed, whip sugar and butter. Once the ingredients are blended, increase speed and whip for one minute.
2. Add vanilla, cream and enough food coloring to make the frosting bright orange.
3. Refrigerate until ready to use for up to 2 weeks.

Note: If frosting is too thick, add more cream. If frosting is too thin, add more sugar. If frosting is lumpy, fit mixer with paddle attachment to break up lumps.

 

Assembly

1. Place roughly half of the frosting in a small sandwich bag, pushing the frosting to one lower corner. Cut a small hole in the corner to create your own piping bag.
2. Arrange 20 wafers on a lined sheet tray for easy handling and moving.
3. Pipe orange frosting into the center of a wafer, place another on top and gently push them together.
4. Pipe a small amount of frosting on the bottom of a chocolate kiss and place in the center of the sandwich. Press the candy until the frosting appears, making a small ring of orange around the kiss.
5. Pipe frosting around the edges of the wafer, making a brim for the witch’s hat.
6. Place cookies in the fridge to firm up frosting.

 

Quick + Easy Way

Ingredients:
40 chocolate wafers
1 can white frosting
20 chocolate kiss candies
1 bottle orange food coloring
1 small sandwich bag

Instructions:
1. Add several drops of orange food coloring to frosting can and stir until completely blended. Adjust coloring as needed for a bright orange hue.
2. Place roughly half of the frosting in a small sandwich bag, pushing the frosting to one lower corner. Cut a small hole in the corner to create your own piping bag.
3. Arrange 20 wafers on a lined sheet tray for easy handling and moving.
4. Pipe orange frosting into the center of a wafer, place another on top and gently push them together.
5. Pipe a small amount of frosting on the bottom of a chocolate kiss and place in the center of the sandwich. Press the candy until the frosting appears, making a small ring of orange around the kiss.
6. Pipe frosting around the edges of the wafer, making a brim for the witch’s hat.
7. Place cookies in the fridge to firm up frosting.

Paper cup Halloween crafts

Paper cup Halloween crafts

Last year we made some paper cup witches and gave them glowing noses. This is how our collection of paper cup Halloween crafts started. Since then we made eight more crafts and I think we managed to cover all the Halloween characters.

I wanted to bring all of our paper cup Halloween crafts together in one post to make it easier for my readers to have them all in one place. You may want to make your own collection of paper cup Halloween characters or maybe just pick your favorites and make those.

If you’re looking for a Halloween craft idea for kids, you may consider your child’s age when picking one of the paper cup crafts listed below. Although all of them are easy (check out our entire collection of 200+ easy crafts for kids), some are easier than others.

Kids as young as toddlers can try their hand at the ghosts and mummies, while preschoolers, kindergartners and older kids should be able to tackle any of these crafts.

I love a simple and inexpensive Halloween decoration. I once turned a bunch of cardboard boxes into Halloween haunted house luminaries. But these Halloween paper cups are way easier and are done in only a few steps.

I started with white paper cups and painted them when necessary. You can skip the painting part and get black, green or orange cups from the dollar store.

What makes these Halloween paper cups special is the glowing noses. I used flameless tea light candles for their noses. Easy and cute!

You can place them outside your door or by the window on Halloween night. I have ours by the fireplace.

If you are a teacher, you can also make them in the classroom with your students. They would make such an adorable classroom decor for the Halloween party.

 

Paper cup Halloween crafts

Supplies:

  • white paper cups
  • craft paint
  • flameless tea light candles
  • colored paper
  • pencil
  • paint brush
  • scissors
  • glue
  • black marker (for some of the crafts)

Paper cup ghosts

These have been among the first paper cup Halloween crafts I made and is one of my readers’ favorites.

Paper cup mummies

Just like the ghosts, the mummies are extremely easy to make.

Paper cup Jack’O’Lanterns

Personalize them with a smiley face or mean looking eyes.

Paper cup black cats

Make several black cats and place them in front of your house or by the window on Halloween night. They will be cute and a little spooky.

Paper cup bats

Nothing scary about these bats!

Paper cup witches

Our paper cup Halloween crafts started with these adorable witches.

Paper cup Frankenstein

Frankenstein couldn’t miss the party.

Paper cup vampires

We want out Halloween crafts not to be scary, so these vampires aren’t very frightening. I mean, how could a vampire with a glowing nose be scary?

Paper cup spiders

These may be the most adorable spiders you have ever seen, right?

How to Make Halloween Cookies – Easy Halloween Cookie Recipe

How to Make Halloween Cookies – Easy Halloween Cookie Recipe

Make a dessert that’s simply spooktacular with these cute Halloween sugar cookies. Made using our tasty roll-out sugar cookie recipe and decorated with cookie icing, these easy Halloween cookies are just as fun to make as they are to eat!

Looking for a Halloween dessert that’s no trick, all treat? These easy Halloween cookies are for you! Learn how to make Halloween cookies using our tasty roll-out sugar cookie recipe, then decorate your cookies with black and orange cookie icing for a dessert that’s great for beginners of all ages.

What makes these cookies so fun and easy is that they are decorated with Wilton Cookie Icing, which you can get in a variety of colors. This icing comes in a bottle, so there’s no need for a piping tip and bag. It can also be warmed up in the microwave, which makes it much easier to use.

While it doesn’t dry hard like royal icing, it will set smooth for a nice finish. Plus, it doesn’t need a full 24 hours to dry! This icing should be set and ready to go in just about 1 hour.

How to use Cookie Icing

Wilton cookie icing is quick-setting and microwavable for easy decorating. Simply heat the bottle and squeeze! The cap is designed to act like a tip, so it’s easy to outline and flood your cookies.

Unlike royal icing, which could take up to a day to dry fully, cookie icing sets smooth in about 1 hour. While it won’t dry completely hard like royal icing, it will set smooth for a clean finish.

How do you decorate Halloween cookies

Follow the microwave instructions on the cookie icing bottle to warm up your icing. This will make it much easier to pipe on your cookies.

I’m going to walk you through how to decorate the cookies shown here, but feel free to add your own fun decorations, too! Try all our fun cookie icing colors, or let the kids experiment with different Halloween sprinkles. There’s no wrong way to decorate these Halloween treats!

If you have the Cookie Decorating Tool Set, you can use the scribe tool to help coax the icing towards the edge of the cookies, as well as create fun web designs. However, a toothpick will work just as well!

Black Pumpkin Cookies:

  1. Using the warm black cookie icing, fill in the pumpkin-shaped cookie. Immediately top with desired sprinkles.

Orange Pumpkin Cookies:

  1. Using the warm orange cookie icing, fill in the pumpkin-shaped cookie. Let it set slightly, about 15 minutes. Using the warm black cookie icing, pipe the eyes, nose and mouth.

Orange Web Cookies:

  1. Using the warm orange cookie icing, fill in the web-shaped cookie. Using the warm black cookie icing, immediately pipe 4 circles, starting at outer edge and working towards the center.
  2. Using the scribe tool or a toothpick, drag the wet icing from the center of the cookie to the pointed edge of the web.
  3. Continue the line on the opposite side, starting in the center and dragging icing to pointed edge. Be sure to wipe off the icing after each drag!
  4. Repeat around the entire cookie for a total of 8 lines.

Black Web Cookies:

  1. Using the warm black cookie icing, fill in the web-shaped cookie. Immediately top icing with black sanding sugar. Let the icing set slightly, about 15 minutes.
  2. Using the warm orange cookie icing, pipe lines, starting with straight horizontal and vertical lines (you’ll pipe a + shape), then piping diagonal lines (the x shape).
  3. Connect the straight lines with small curved lines, forming a web shape.

Orange Spider Cookies:

  1. Using the warm orange cookie icing, pipe the center of the spider cookie. Immediately top with candy eyeballs and nonpareils.
  2. Using the warm black cookie icing, pipe lines on the legs.

Black Spider Cookies:

  1. These cookies can get a little messy, so we suggest placing your cookies on a cooling grid over a sheet of parchment paper.
  2. Using the warm black cookie icing, pipe the center of the spider cookie, allowing the icing to drip down the sides. Immediately top with candy eyeballs.
  3. Using the warm black and orange cookie icings, pipe lines on the legs of the spider, alternating colors. You can gently shake the cookie to help the icing slide off the sides.
  4. Once you’re done decorating, let all your cookies set for about 1 hour at room temperature.

How to store your Halloween cookies

These cookies can be kept at room temperature for about a week. Since the cookie icing doesn’t dry hard, we don’t recommend stacking these, but you can arrange them in a single layer on a plate or in an air-tight container.

You can also use this same 7-piece Halloween cookie cutter set to make these Pastel Halloween Cookies, great for a spooky soiree or bewitching baby shower.

Decorated with our Ready-to-Use Royal Icing, these treats dry hard and are perfect for gifting as party favors or handing out to neighbors and friends.

EQUIPMENT

  • Rolling Pin
    Ruler
    7-Piece Halloween Cookie Cutter Set
    Cookie Sheet
    Cooling Rack
    Cookie Decorating Tool Set*
    Parchment Paper

INGREDIENTS

Roll-Out Cookie Dough Recipe:

  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Butter 2 Sticks, Softened
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 3 ¼ cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Salt

 

For Decorating:

  • Orange Cookie Icing
  • Black Cookie Icing
  • Assorted Candy Eyeballs
  • Halloween Sprinkles

 

INSTRUCTIONS

How to Make Halloween Cookies

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with a stand mixer or hand mixer until it’s light and fluffy, then beat in the egg and extracts.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, 1 cup at at ime. This will prevent flour from poofing up all over your kitchen!
  3. Once everything has come together, divide the dough into 2 balls and set one aside (no need to refrigerate it, we’ll use both portions for this recipe).
  4. On a floured surface, use a rolling pin to rollout one portion of the dough to 1/8 in. thickness.
  5. Using the 7-Piece Halloween Cookie Cutter Set, cut out your cookies. We used the spider, spider web and pumpkin shapes, but feel free to use whatever shapes you’d like!
  6. To prevent your dough from sticking to your cookie cutters, dip them in flour first. This will also help the cookies keep their shape in the oven.
    Next, repeat step 4 and 5 with the portion of dough that you set aside.
    Bake your cookies on an ungreased baking sheet for 8 to 11 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned.
  7. Make sure they’re completely cool before decorating.