CHERRY MX Silent Mechanical Keyboard Review

If you're as tech-obsessed as I am, then you've probably already heard of CHERRY, the specialists for computer input devices. They make some of the best mechanical keyboards on the market, and I'm so excited about working with them to share my opinions of their new MX Board Silent.


First of all, I'm going to be honest - I've never used a mechanical keyboard before. That's not to say I haven't wanted one for years, it just never seemed to be in the budget. But now that I'm using one, writing this review for you guys, I can't imagine going back to my old membrane keyboard. 

As a writer, typing speed is important because if my fingers cant get my thoughts out fast enough then what's the point, right? I decided to put the MX Board Silent to the test on TypingTest.com to see how it stood up to my old keyboard. It seems like I can type much faster since the keys are much more responsive and don't have to be fully depressed and released in order to show up on the screen, but I wanted to know just how much faster.

Results? With the CHERRY MX Board Silent, I typed 67 WPM with 2 errors. My stock Lenovo keyboard was 54 with the same amount of errors. I'm not winning any typing competitions, but my speed has definitely improved. 

The only thing I would change about this keyboard is the lack of multimedia buttons. I sit in front of my computer all day, so being able to turn the volume up or down via my keyboard really is one of the things I look for. Is it a deal-breaker? No, but maybe something for them to consider for future models. 

I'm in love with the sleek, classic look of this keyboard. It's a style that gamers and professionals alike will love, and one that you would be proud to have sitting on your desk.

Is it completely silent? No, not for a touch typist who is used to having to press keys much harder. But there isn't that tell-tale "click" of a computer keyboard, and compared to other mechanical keyboards I've scoped out in the past, it's definitely much quieter. Based on their ever-popular G80-3000 mechanical keyboard, CHERRY was able to enable silent keystrokes with their patented noise reduction technology without giving up on its uncompromising writing performance in their new MX Silent Keyboard. 



From their press release:
The MX Silent-switches have a uniquely shaped rubber pad compared to conventional switches. The integrated 2-component stem reduces audible clicks at the bottom-out and top-out to a minimum. Instead of relying on third-party products, CHERRY relies on a self-developed, innovative solution that preserves the special properties of each individual switch. As with every other MX switch, these features include a sturdy housing made of plastic polymer, a precise spiral spring, and the unique Gold Crosspoint contact technology. This exclusive production process guarantees a precise release and a service life of over 50 million keystrokes.

Offered in two versions, the MX Red Silent or the MX Black Silent, both exhibit linear switching characteristics but differ in the required release force: 45 centinewtons for the MX Red Silent and for those who prefer a slightly higher resistance, 60 centinewtons for the MX Black Silent. Like all MX switches, the bounce is less than a millisecond, allowing for precise and instantaneous input.

Available in either gray or black, the MX Silent Keyboard has a MSRP of $149.

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Advice For Putting Yourself First As A Busy Parent

There’s no denying that parenting takes up a lot of your time. It’s a hectic commitment that truly never ends. This can make it difficult for you to attend to your own needs, while managing and caring for a family.

The trouble starts when you begin to push your self-care aside for other people and activities. It’s important to know when you’re overdoing it and how to stop stress in its tracks. Be in tune with yourself and rely on cues from your mind and body to tell you when you’re at your breaking point. Learn how to start putting your needs first and experience a happier you.

Take Care of your Health Issues

It’s time to stop pushing your health issues aside because you’re too busy. For example, if you’re suffering from chronic pain then you should start talking to your doctor and taking his or her suggestion to get it resolved seriously. The pain is likely making you feel irritable and out of whack. Click here to learn all about nerve ablation and why this procedure may be the solution for you. 

Get up Early to Tackle the Day

Go to bed early so you can get up and seize the day. Waking up before the rest of the family gives you an opportunity to attend to your most important responsibilities and tasks right away. It’ll also provide you some quiet time before the rest of the household wakes up. Another option is to stay up later, but remember that it’s healthier for you to get a proper night’s sleep and wake up at a decent hour. You’ll be glad you did once everyone is up and making noise. 

Set Boundaries 

You have to learn to set boundaries if you’re going to put yourself first. Do this when you’re at work and home. Be vocal and say no or speak up when what you’re being asked to do is too much. Invite your spouse and kids to help out at home and delegate like you do at work. Stop volunteering to do it all and take on all the extra work around you. Be kind to yourself and understand that you have limits too.

Schedule Alone Time

If you’re finding it difficult to get alone time in your life then it’s up to you to schedule it. Put it in your calendar and secure a babysitter, or have your spouse take over while you’re relaxing. Use this time to do what makes you happy. Go for a run, read a book or relax on the patio. The most important part is to realize you need this time to feel energized and refreshed. Never sacrifice your alone time once you have a place for it in your calendar. 

Conclusion 

Parenting isn’t easy and that’s why you have to be smart about how you use your time. Put yourself first and you’ll be able to better care for others. The healthier you feel, the happier you and everyone else will be.

What To Do When You Fear You’ve Been A Victim Of Medical Negligence

Having any sort of medical problem can be very scary and leave us feeling very vulnerable, so it’s fortunate that we have a free healthcare system to look after us when an issue arises. Usually, the NHS will provide quality care to you in the event that you are sick, and provide it in a compassionate and caring way. 

However, doctors are human, and they do make mistakes. Occasionally, they can seriously harm a patient or fail to treat their condition properly, and in these cases, the patient may have a case for clinical negligence. If you feel that you have been a victim of medical negligence, but aren’t sure what to do, read on to discover the first three steps you should be taking.

What Is Medical Negligence?

Simply put, medical negligence is when you have suffered injury because of a healthcare provider. Some examples of this are: 

  • The healthcare provider made a mistake 
  • You were given the wrong drug
  • You did not give informed consent to a treatment 
  • The healthcare provider made the wrong diagnosis or failed to diagnose you at all
  • You were not warned about the risks of a certain treatment 

Even you feel you may have suffered from poor treatment, your treatment may not necessarily be considered negligent and, therefore, you can only claim compensation if your lawyer can prove that your treatment was negligent and that this was a direct cause of your injury.

Look into Compensation

For some injuries and losses, there are special government compensation schemes and you might have the right to compensation under these schemes, without having to take legal action. For example, if you have suffered damage as a result of a vaccine, you can make a compensation claim to the vaccine damage payment unit.

If you qualify, this route can be a much less stressful option compared to paying for a solicitor and can help validate any pain you have endured.

Take Legal Action

If you definitely feel like you have been a victim of medical negligence, the first step is to take your case to a solicitor. You must start your claim three years from when the incident happened or when you first realised that you’d suffered an injury. It’s best to seek advice from medical negligence lawyers as soon as possible rather than waiting because medical negligence cases can be very complex to investigate. 

Many people are discouraged from making a medical negligence claim because of expensive legal fees since there is no longer any legal aid available to cover clinical negligence claims UK. If they lose, it’s possible they could lose a lot of money. However, for those who don’t have a lot of disposable income, the most popular option is no-win no-fee medical negligence compensation claims, also called ‘conditional fees.’ This is when you only pay your solicitors fees if you win your case, which encourages medical negligence solicitors to only take on cases they feel can win, which takes the stress away from the claimant.

Fire safety signs – do you know what they mean?

Over the Christmas period we had the usual endless round of journeys to the mall and, of course, catching the iconic Southern Christmas show that is such an important event every year in Charlotte and has become synonymous with the festive season. 

More than once, I caught myself thinking that stomach-churning and claustrophobia-inducing thought that morbidly crosses all our minds from time to time when we are in a crowded and confined space: What would I do if a fire broke out right now?

My answer to myself was not terribly convincing, as it did not go far beyond Gather up the kids and get out of here. A reasonable enough plan as far as it went, but hardly ground-breaking. 

Public buildings are generally far safer from a fire prevention perspective than they once were. Smokers have been consigned to the back of beyond outside, there are all sorts of sprinkler systems and alarms, and all those signs telling us what to do and how to do it. It occurred to me that I should sit the kids down and teach them what all those signs and symbols mean – except I wasn’t too sure myself. So here we have it, the parent’s guide to understanding the kind of signs you might see here, staying fire safe, educating the kids and avoiding embarrassment – enjoy! 

Escape Routes

These indicate the direction you need to take in order to get out – easy enough as far as it goes, but note that these often contain important supplementary information, such as regarding the use of lifts, escalators or stairs if you are on an upper floor. 

Raising the alarm 

When a fire breaks out, it can spread with terrifying speed, so it is vitally important not only to get yourself out quickly but to alert others as to the danger. Every public building will have fire alarms, which are clearly indicated by white on red signs with an arrow. Sometimes they are contained within a box, which first needs to be opened.

Also be aware that some fire alarms are directly connected to the local fire department, while others are not. The sign should give this information, for example with wording like “local alarm only” which means you still need to call 911 to summon help.

Firefighting equipment

We’ve all heard the golden rule: Don’t stop to fight the fire if it puts you at risk, just get yourself and your family out of there. Nevertheless, there are occasions when you might have to fight a fire, so it pays to know a little bit about what to do. 

Fire extinguishers come in five different types, and each is designed for fighting a different type of fire. Take some time to understand these different types of fire, how they are tackled, and the color coding system for the fire extinguisher types, then talk to your children about them – after all, you never know when you might find yourself backed into a corner. 

Great Ways to Create a Stunning Garden Hedge

I am a huge fan of gardens. We love ours. The kids spend ages out there and I also enjoy spending time outside, when I get the time to do so. It is a nice private space where we can all truly relax. However, not everyone is so lucky. 

Some people´s gardens are overlooked by a neighbor or back onto a public footpath. In that situation, the garden is not such an inviting space. The last thing you want is to feel people are watching you while you are outside. Fortunately, there is an easy solution, which is to grow a hedge. As you will see there are some lovely hedging plants out there.



Laurel hedging

Perhaps one of the easiest to grow is laurel or anything from that family. These plants are tough. You can buy Skip Cherry Laurel Shrubs from The Tree Center that can withstand pollution or drought. Yet, Laurels do not mind shady conditions and can survive frosts as low as -10 degrees. It is extremely versatile and, more importantly, it looks great too. Plus, once established it does not take a huge amount of looking after. Provided you cut it once or twice a year it will keep its shape and grow nice and dense.

Plant cypresses

If you want a really tall hedge planting some form of cypress is probably the best option. These trees grow fast. Some like the Leyland Cypress grow up to 3 feet per year. 

But, beware, they get very tall. In some cases as much as 40 feet high. So, be sure to cut the tops off once the trees have reached the desired height. If you do not do this they will continue to grow upwards and start to thin out at the bottom. The last thing you need is to have to hire a cherry picker to be able to cut your hedge. Not to mention the fact that your neighbors will not be pleased if you let them grow too high.

Holly

If you want a hardy hedge, that is easy to maintain, holly is a particularly good option. Once established, it will only need trimming once, maybe twice, a year. Plus, in the winter you can enjoy the birds that are attracted by the berries. However, they are not really a good choice for families with young children. This is because both the berries and the leaves are poisonous.

Create a living willow screen

Willow is a lovely plant. It is strong and, once established, grows well. When it is young you can bend it into all sorts of shapes. I have seen some lovely hides made out of willows planted in a circle that has been pulled into the middle and tied together. They are truly magical spaces.

As you can see it is extremely versatile, which makes it ideal for creating a hedge or screen. You can learn more about this wonderful plant and how to turn it into a robust hedge, by reading this article.

The Hosting Guide for the Busy Mom

Being a mom is a full-time job. Being a mom on top of having a full-time job can make it feel like you don’t have energy or room to be anything else, like a friend or even a daughter. That is why hosting parties and events at your house is so important. It allows you to spend time with your kids, while still seeing those that matter to you. This could be a cute Sunday brunch for you and the girls, or it could be a big get together for each holiday season. Whatever reason you have for hosting a party, follow this guide to help make everything easier:




  1. Book a Date in Advance
Trying to plan a last-minute get together is difficult, and it can also be stressful. Instead, book these get-togethers in advance so that your friends and loved ones can have it in their schedules before they make any other commitments. You can either organize the party through email invite, through Facebook events, or you can even sent them paper invitations if the occasion calls for it. When sending paper invitations, print the invitation information and glue it into a card, that way you can save time and still make the gesture – You can even get your kids to help!

  1. Choose Foods You Can Prep in Advance
There are many delicious foods that you can prep in advance so that all you need to do when the time comes is pop the food in the oven or just arrange it on beautiful serveware from Domu. Items like pizza, pastas, and other serving items like breads, cheeses, or even salads can be done in advance and they take only minutes to cook or plate. That way, you can focus instead on enjoying your own party, instead of making sure that everything cooks properly.

When you’re preparing this food, get your kids to help. Not only will this let you spend quality time with them, but you’ll also be teaching them crucial life skills. Who knows, perhaps making the healthy food themselves might encourage them to eat more vegetables?

  1. Prolong the Meals
The longer the food stays fresh and great, the better for your party. Use a VonShef pizza stone to keep food hot for longer after it comes out of the oven. Put salads in chilled bowls. There are many thoughtful ways to keep food warm (or cold) while you enjoy your meal. The longer the meal, the longer the party!

  1. Including (or Excluding) Your Kids
You can either include your kids in the party – which is a great idea if your friends have children as well – or you can make the night just for adults by arranging a sleepover for them. This could be a sleepover with their friends, or with their grandparents. When choosing whether to include or exclude your kids from your party, consider what would be most fun for them.

You can be an amazing host, you just need to be present. Prep in advance, make sure everyone can go, and prolong the life of your food by using specialized serving plates. This will give you more time to have fun, socialize, and enjoy your party!

Declutter and Update Your Child's Closet - Free Checklist and Tips for Donation

Twice a year when the weather shifts we do a major decluttering of the children’s closets and bedroom dressers. We clear out unnecessary items to make room for the next size up. And then we head over to our nearest Goodwill to fill the gaps we identified when we are there dropping off our donations. Find your nearest Goodwill store here and then work through this decluttering checklist for some ideas on what you need, and don’t need.



Shirts - Your child needs play shirts and dressy shirts but check his stash after you check the fit. If you guys get dressed up for church once a week you don’t need a dozen shirts, maybe just 4 or 5 instead. Pick out the ones that fit great and look marvelous and put the rest in a box to be donated. If you find you don’t have enough of a specific type of shirt (did he seriously outgrow EVERY sweater over the summer months?) then make a note of that in your shopping list.

Pants and Shorts - You need at least a week’s worth of bottoms for your kiddos depending on how often you do laundry. We tend to do one nice dress pair of slacks in black, brown, and khaki and a handful of jeans and sweats for play.

Socks - This is the time of year I take the opportunity to toss any unmatched odd socks from our collection. No need to hang onto them if their mate has long-since run away.

Shoes - Check the fit and status of all the shoes your kids have. If they’ve outgrown a pair, add them to the donation box. Each child needs a pair of play shoes and a pair of dress shoes at the minimum. Make note of any gaps on your shopping list.





Books - Have your kids outgrown a level of readers or books and are no longer interested in them? Pass them along to another child who will enjoy using them!

Toys and Games - My kids love puzzles but once they’ve built them one-time they are usually ready to try another puzzle. Ditto with board games that have been outgrown and are no longer being played. It’s nice to donate these no-longer-used toys and games to benefit another family who is ready for that age level, and you’ll clear out space for incoming gifts at the same time!





Under the Bed - Every parent’s nightmare area of the bedroom...under the bed. Turn this clutter-catching space into your best friend by adding some totes or bins to hold the seasonal clothes not currently being used, or extra sets of sheets for quicker bed changes. Goodwill has a huge variety of storage solutions at huge savings to help you simplify your life.

Donating your children’s clothes, toys, and books to your local Goodwill is a great way to not only keep your kids’ bedrooms cleaner and more organized, but you’re actually helping to create more jobs and on-the-job training opportunities in your local community! Find your nearest Goodwill store using this handy locator, and then take your shopping list and see what you can pick up.

You can shop with confidence because you are shopping for a cause! For every dollar you spend at Goodwill 87 cents stays in your local community to help create jobs for those who would have difficulty finding employment. Declutter your kids’ room in preparation for holiday gift-giving season, and then #ShopGoodwill for fabulous organizational finds on a family-friendly budget.

The Benefits of Outdoor Activities for Children


Technology is forever consuming both our lives as well as our children’s. With an increase in the range of games and tv shows available at your fingertips, sometimes it can be easier to distract your children when you have a lot of things to do and not a lot of time to do it in. Getting away from all these distractions occasionally can give your children and you a breath of fresh air, literally.

Health

One of the most important things that we want for our children is for them to be healthy and happy. Playing outdoors has many health benefits both mentally, physically and spiritually. Running around can help children develop strong bones and stay fit, and also enables them to burn off any extra calories they may have been consuming. Vitamin D is another great reason to get yourself outdoors, because as a society we do not get enough of it, especially in winter. Most importantly, all that extra running around means your children should go to bed on time as they will be exhausted!

Confidence

Playing outdoors and taking part in outdoor activities can give your children confidence in trying new things as well as confidence in talking to other children and making friends. There are many great outdoor activity groups where parents take their children to play and learn about nature together, making friends and discovering their limits. If your child is really into sports and adventure, you may want to take them hiking or canoeing, which is great fun for both you and your child. (If you really aren’t the sporty type you may want to rope dad into this one!) This also means you can meet other moms and grab a coffee whilst your kids are playing. Socializing doesn’t just have to be for the children!

Family Bonding

There are many fun outdoor activities which can be a great way to rid yourselves of the distractions of modern life, get together and enjoy yourselves. One of these may be camping; ridding yourself of the TV and Internet and replacing them with board games and roasting marshmallows can really be a lovely way to spend time with your children and be around nature. Woodburyoutfitters.com has everything you will need for your first camping trip as a family, even down to the shoes. Camping doesn’t need to be a tough experience, you can even camp in your own garden if you don’t think your children are up to the challenge yet!

These are just some of the many benefits of getting outdoors for both you and your children, there are many others! Children can enhance so many skills including learning, creativity, independence and also helps them to feel calmer and happier. There are many outdoor activities for every age range and sporting ability, from taking your child down to your local park, to hiking in the hills, to camping in the great outdoors. No matter what you do, get your children out there and reap the benefits.

8 Worrying (But Absolutely Normal) Baby Problems No-One Warns You About


It’s good to be concerned about your baby’s health. However, not every blemish is worth fretting over. Many parents can find themselves in a panic over abnormalities that turn out to be commonplace amongst babies. Here are some of those common baby problems that no-one tells you about, how to treat them and when to actually show concern.

Jaundice

Jaundice makes the skin appear yellowish and is common amongst newborn babies. Those with liver problems generally get it – when it comes to newborns it may simply be a sign that the liver is developing a little slowly, which may not necessarily be dangerous. Jaundice usually fades within time – a midwife will usually tell you if it’s a concern. If it continues to persist or gets worse, it’s worth seeing a doctor to see if it is a serious condition.

Dry skin

Baby’s skin is traditionally always smooth and some new parents can freak out when their newborn starts peeling profusely. However, this is perfectly natural – especially for newborns born after their due date. It can also be the result of exposure to cold weather in winter or too many baths. In most cases, it’s nothing to worry about and can be easily treated with some baby lotion. If this dry skin is accompanied by rashes, this could be a sign of an allergic reaction – this may be a good time to consult a doctor. Some babies can get peeling skin solely on their heads, but this too is perfectly natural. Again, only show concern if rashes start to appear.

Diaper rash

Many babies get painful-looking rashes appearing in their groin area. This is called diaper rash and is caused by bacteria from their pee and poop and rubbing of the diaper. Regularly changing their diaper can prevent this rash from taking hold. To treat the rash, try using diaper rash cream or coconut oil. Be careful using wipes as they can sting. Diaper rash can be painful for your baby and may cause them to cry at night. Only go to the doctor if the rash spreads or there is pus in the region as this may suggest a more serious infection.

Milk spots

Is your newborn getting spots? Don’t worry, it’s not an early case of teenage acne. These spots are known as ‘milk spots’ and have nothing to do with milk. In fact, scientists aren’t entirely sure why babies get them. They’re best left alone – cleaning your baby's face with cool water can help to get rid of them in some cases. Milk spots are only a concern if they start to flare up, in which case they could be a sign of a milk allergy. Impetigo is also common in children, usually taking the form of a scabby infection around the lips – this could be worth consulting your doctor about.  

Coughing

Many babies develop a cough. Some newborns may cough up milk if they drink it too fast. In other cases, it could be signs of a cold. Babies have low immune systems and are very susceptible to winter colds. You’ll most likely spot a cold if they bunged up and are wheezing or producing lots of mucus. Whooping cough can be dangerous in babies and has even been linked to death – if your baby is incessantly coughing it could be worth taking a trip to the doctors.

Colic

Colic is the bane of many new parents. In fact, it’s thought to affect 1 in 5 babies. It results in constant crying that has been linked to gastro-intestinal discomfort. Whilst colic can be extremely frustrating for the poor parents, it does go away eventually. Waiting it out is the only scientifically proven method of treating colic, although there are other popularly adopted methods such a gripe water. Episodes of colic most commonly happen in the evening lasting up to three hours. Crying may occasionally be the result of other problems – you may want to go to the doctors if there seems to be abnormal weight gain, oddly-colored vomit, a high temperature, diarrhea or constipation.  

Ear infections

Babies can often develop ear infections. Whilst some of these may be easily identifiable, others may be in the inner ear. Usually, a baby with an ear infection will tug constantly on their ear and seem overly distressed. It may even be accompanied by a fever. Ear infections can occasionally clear up themselves, although some may need a dose of antibiotics to help get rid of them. It pays no harm to visit your doctor, who can assess whether antibiotics are needed.

Oral thrush

Little white spots, or legions, inside the mouth could be a sign of oral thrush. This is very common in babies due to their weakened immune system, usually caused by bacteria. Oral thrush may cause your baby to have trouble feeding due to discomfort in the mouth. If you’re breastfeeding, it’s possible that it may spread to your nipple – on top of the white legions, you’ll know it’s spread as the area will be itchy. Nystatin is the most common medication for treating oral thrush and is available in many pharmacies. A doctor may also prescribe a painkiller for your baby to help ease the discomfort and make feeding easier. Be wary that thrush is extremely infectious and could spread to any area of skin it touches. A baby with a nappy rash and oral thrush may develop a yeast infection within the rash. It’s worth seeing your doctor if this happens.

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Be ready for anything – get your home first aid ready

As a parent, you need to be ready to tackle anything. Whether that’s a scratch from a game getting a little too rough, a fall from a bike, or something more serious like a head injury, a broken bone or a burn. One way to make sure you’re ready would be to have a first aid kit stocked and to hand. But what should you put in your first aid box?

Here we’ll take a look at some of the staple items you should consider placing into your family’s first aid box.
The location and the container
Before we fill a box full of various items, it would be sensible to consider where the finished product will be placed. It will need to be a clear and visible place in a container that is clearly marked “First Aid”.
If you would prefer to keep the box in a cupboard due to lack of counter space, ensure that this place is consistent, and it is not moved unless of an emergency. Then consider placing a sticker or sign on the cupboard door so the box is easy to find and locate in an emergency. You can find some sign ideas here.  
As for the container itself, one good option is a large, translucent, water-resistant, rigid or flexible plastic container with either a zipper closure or a latch-top lid. This makes the materials inside visible for easy identification.
Remember: This container should be easy to move and transport in the case of an emergency. Something like a lunchbox would be perfect!
Teach your family about the kit
Make sure everyone in the family knows where the kit is located. If there are smaller children in the home, then it’s important to let them know that they shouldn’t touch what is inside the kit, but they should be able to instruct a family member/babysitter etc where the kit is. But make sure that it is on a high shelf out of their reach.
Keep the contents up to date
No one wants to get to a first aid box and everything inside be used or empty! Check the kit regularly and make sure that items are still in their sterile wrappings. Creams and medications are in date and nothing has been opened and left to gather bacteria. Make a checklist too.
Items to stock
Here are the basic items and tools every first aid kit should have:

  • 25 adhesive bandages of various sizes
  • Five 3” x 3” and five 4” x 4” gauze pads
  • A roll of cloth adhesive tape
  • Two 5” x 9” sterile dressings
  • One 3” wide and one 4” wide roller bandage
  • Two triangular bandages
  • Small, sharp scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Two pairs of non-latex gloves
  • Non-mercury oral thermometer
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • CPR breathing barrier mask
  • Instant cold compress
  • First aid instruction booklet
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cleansing wipes (for external cleaning only)
  • Zip-close plastic bags (to dispose of medical waste)
  • Safety pins
  • Eye Wash

Momma Needs Sleep Too!


When you’re a mom, it only feels natural to put your kids first. After all, that is your job. You’re their main caregiver and protector, and your everyday life generally involves putting them first and taking care of their needs. But sometimes, you do need to remember to look after yourself too. This isn’t always easy. It can be really tough to think about yourself, especially over others. But, it’s important for you to remember that you have to take care of yourself first and make sure that you’re in good shape if you stand any chance of taking care of those that you love.

This couldn’t be any truer when it comes to sleep! Okay, so at some stages in life (mainly when you have a newborn), you’re not going to be able to help that. But as your kids start to get older, it’s essential for you to make sure that you can get enough sleep and good quality sleep at that! When we sleep, our bodies repair and recharge; meaning we can get more energy too. And as a mom, you know that you need as much of that as you can get. So it’s time to make sure that everything from your home to your habits can help you to get more sleep.

Get Their Routine Down

So the first thing that you’re going to want to do is to work on their routine. Technically, you want to be getting more sleep. But we all know that, unless you can get your kid down to sleep first, that’s not going to happen. Because you’re always going to want to put them first. And that’s okay. You just need to be able to establish a solid bedtime routine as this post shows us http://www.parents.com/baby/sleep/schedule/develop-bedtime-routines/. When you’ve got that in place, you can then start to focus more on your own habits.

Leave Chores For The Morning

When your kids have gone to bed, what do you tend to do? Chores, of course. Because you don’t always get the time, you need to do them in the day. So you tend to spend the peaceful evenings getting them done. But this is going to do absolutely nothing for your own quality of sleep. So leave them for the morning. Okay, so mornings are busy, but there’s no reason why you can’t make the most of them and rest in the evenings instead.

Set Yourself A Bedtime

Your next job is then going to be to set yourself a bedtime. Your kids have them in place so that they can get the sleep they need. But it’s safe to say that we’ve established that you’re not getting the sleep you need either. So, you have to be able to set yourself a time to go to bed and stick to it. This is essential if you’re going to get yourself back on track.

Switch Off Before Bed

But don’t let yourself be too worked up before you go to bed. Because that’s a sure fire way to make sure that you don’t get to sleep! You need to make sure that you turn off of work mode or mom mode as early as you can. This will then allow you to slip off into a deep slumber.


Get Into A Routine

From here, you’re then going to want to think about getting yourself into a bit of a routine come evening. It’s essential for you to be able to get your mind in sleep mode each evening. The best way to do that is to have a routine. From dinner to bathing the kids and putting them to bed, you need to continue right on with your own routine. And, you’ve got it, that can often mean a bath for you too, followed by a bit of reading to help you wind down.

Get Comfortable

Next, you’re going to want to get comfortable. Because if you’re going to get the sleep you need, you have to be able to be ready for it. So get yourself out to your favorite store and invest in pajamas, slippers, cushions, and throws that will allow you to cozy up in the evenings and get comfortable.

Invest In Your Bed

But sometimes, that’s just not going to be enough. You’re going to have to make sure you have the right bed and mattress to help support your sleep. For that, you need something like https://www.mattress-guides.net/amerisleep-liberty-bed-review-complaints/ that’s going to help you to get the night’s sleep that you need. Without investing, you may never be able to get comfortable each night.

Set An Alarm

But getting off to sleep in the first place is just half the battle. From there, you also need to get the morning down too. This is essential if you want to make your evenings easier. For everything to run like clockwork, you need to set alarms. And you need them in place so that you’re able to wake up at the same time each morning. Without doing so, you won’t get into a rhythm. But by going to bed at the same time each day and then waking up at the same time, your body will start to stick to it.

Exercise In The Mornings

You may not feel like it when you first wake up, but morning exercise is going to really help you out too. Whether it’s walking to school with the kids, or doing a quick 15 minute home workout before the kids get up, you’ll not only have more energy for the day ahead, but it will also help to make sure you’re tired come night time.

Keep Up The Habit

As you start to try each of these steps out and you find a combination that actually works for you, it’s highly likely that you’re going to be enjoying that sleep you’re getting. So keep it up. Make the habit stick using tricks like this http://www.lifehack.org/articles/featured/18-tricks-to-make-new-habits-stick.html. Then, you should find that momma can actually get some sleep too!