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The Advantages of Hosting an Au Pair

Childcare options are something that almost every parent will need to make an important decision about. If you are a working parent, you will need to ensure that your child receives adequate care whilst you are unable to be with them. There are a range of different childcare options available, and it really is down to the individual parent and child which one is chosen. More and more families are opting to host an au pair as it’s affordable and convenient. We’ve listed just a few of the main advantages to hosting an au pair in your home.

Personalised Service

Many reputable au pair agency services such as aufini.com will work hard to pair a family up to an au pair that’s perfectly suitable for them, meaning that as a family you will benefit from a truly personalised service. If you have older children you may be more suited to an au pair who is coming to your country in order to learn the language and get work experience, but if you have toddlers or a young baby you will probably benefit more from a more experienced au pair who has qualifications in childcare. The agency will take all this into account when finding an au pair who is suitably matched to you and your individual needs.

Flexible and Affordable Childcare

If you’re getting tired of doing the school run in your pyjamas or without having chance to dry your hair, you will benefit from having the services of an au pair. Au pairs live in your home, meaning that you have around the clock access to help with housework and childcare. Many au pairs don’t ask for much in the way of pay – room, board and an allowance will usually suffice – making them more affordable than a live in nanny. If you use a reputable au pair agency you will be able to have peace of mind knowing that your children are being looked after by an experienced au pair in the comfort of your own home.

Cultural Exchange

Another unique benefit of hiring an au pair is that you and your family will be able to learn about another culture and language, and you will also be able to teach the au pair more about your culture and language as well. Many au pairs are young people who are looking to learn and broaden their experiences, and together you can learn a lot about each other’s cultures. If your children are learning languages in school an au pair can often come in handy for helping with homework, and it’s also a great way to start introducing your children to different cultures and a different way of life from other parts of the world.

Have you hired an au pair to help with childcare? How did hiring an au pair benefit you and your family? If there is anything that you’d like to add to our list, we’d love to hear all about your experience in the comments below.

Our Dog Scare

Millie was a bit down the past few days. One day she was jumping up and down in our couch and bed and the next thing you know it, she was lying on her bed or on the floor, didn’t want to eat much and a bit quiet lately.


We took her to the vet last night and hoped for positive news that what was happening to her wasn’t that bad. We had a feeling that she was in pain with all those jumping around. And the vet confirmed that. She probably had her vein compressed in the neck area with all those jumping around. Also, her bloodwork came out negative. That is a relief to hear.

So, our dear little diva baby Millie is on pain-relief meds right now for few days. I didn’t go to work to observe how she is behaving. Also, the doctor asked me to reduce the weight of Millie. I am guilty! I kept giving her treats as I can’t bear to look at those begging doggie eyes. I guess I have spoiled her rotten too.


Things will have to change from now on. After the dog scare with Millie, we’ll have to set new rules and rearrange stuff around the house so she won’t jump on the bed and the couch and hurt herself in the process. Also, daily workout for Millie will have to be done. So, it pays both ways for me too. I lose weight with Millie. I have to give time for this even if I’m tired from work. It’s a commitment I will give as if she is my own child. Well, for my family, that’s how we see Millie. She’s our baby with four legs…and fur who barks. 

This is what I can suggest to pet lovers out there. If you suspect your dog is feeling something weird or see signs that are unusual for your pet, bring your beloved pet to the vet right away. The sooner you do that, the sooner your pet can get the immediate medical care it needs and can prevent any serious complications later on. It’s also wise to get pet insurance. I am considering that now.

Do you get so attached with your pets? Do you love them like they are your own kids? I know I do. How about you?

Why Your Aquarium Plants Need CO2

Photo credit: 05.com

Photo credit: 05.com

Of all the aquarium accessories you can buy, CO2 accessories are probably the most important pieces of kit you’ll need for a healthy aquarium.

There’s nothing better than a luscious planted aquarium that’s thriving with real plants. Many aquarium owners would prefer the real deal to artificial plants made from plastic or silk.

What’s more, real aquatic plants provide your fish with a more natural habitat. Also, if your fish are herbivores, live plants can provide them with nutritious food in between their regular feeds.

CO2 Accessories and Your Tank

Why do I Need CO2 Accessories?

So where does CO2 come in? If you use CO2 – or carbon dioxide – in your aquarium you’ll notice a huge difference in your plants.

CO2 accessories promote healthy plant growth and help turn your planted aquarium into a luxurious, verdant environment for you and your fish to enjoy.

Carbon dioxide is essential for plants to grow. The way plants work with CO2 is a wonderful, natural cycle. During the day, they take in CO2 and give off oxygen. At night-time, they take in oxygen and release CO2. This makes for a harmonious and healthy ecosystem.

Plants also grow through a process called photosynthesis – which is when plants convert light into nutrients, or food. If they don’t have enough CO2, they cannot do this and will not produce new leaves and roots.

With non-aquatic or terrestrial plants, CO2 is readily available in the air. But in the underwater confines of your aquarium, often additional carbon dioxide is required to give the plants a boost.

How to Keep My Aquarium Healthy?

In addition to CO2, the levels of light in your aquarium must be carefully balanced. CO2 and light work together during the photosynthesis process, with the light providing the energy and the CO2 driving the chemical reaction. These two elements need each other, so don’t forget how important your lighting is too.

Getting the right amounts of CO2 in your water is a fine balancing act – if carbon dioxide levels are too high, the amount of oxygen will fall.

If you ever spot your fish gasping for air at the top of your aquarium, it could be a sign that there’s too much CO2 and that oxygen levels are low. This can happen if you have lots of plants in your aquarium.

If you think that CO2 levels in your water are high, you can easily test it by measuring the PH of the water.

Quality CO2 Kits

To ensure you get the balance just right, accessories are often the best way to regulate CO2 in your aquarium.

A CO2 cylinder is a convenient way of supplying your aquarium with carbon dioxide. To ensure that the CO2 is introduced into your aquarium in just the right way, a CO2 regulator is also required. This reduces the high-pressured CO2 of the cylinder into just enough pressure to keep your aquatic life happy.

Use these in conjunction with a pH controller to ensure that the carbon dioxide level is in balance and keep your fish safe.

Remember to check your aquarium regularly if you’re introducing new CO2 accessories to your tank. If you need help choosing the right CO2 accessories, contact our aquarium specialists.

We stock a huge range of aquarium accessories, including replacement CO2 solenoid valves, pH controllers and much more.

Browse the shop at http://www.co2art.co.uk and get your tank in optimum condition.

Teach Your Kids To Be Compassionate



Teaching your kids to be compassionate is something we, parents must ensure that we do. In this modern age and time, our children are being exposed to the violent surroundings, from the media, video games, news and day-to-day happenings around us. And this makes me think of the famous hit song of Black Eyed Peas before and wonder, “Where Is The Love?”

Our times have changed. The younger generation does not know the full meaning of compassion and it is never too early to teach your kids to be one. It is good to expose our kids to the feeling of empathy because it cultivates a caring and respectful attitude and builds ethical character. It also reduces violence and in this violent world we live in, we need more compassionate people.

Compassion is a feeling. It is about feeling the sufferings of others even if we are not in the same situation as they are or if we have not experienced what others have gone through. This feeling of empathy for others does not stop there. When you feel compassion, you have the desire to act on that empathy by helping.

Compassion is not only felt towards human beings but it is across species. One is not limited to show empathy on to the same creature. A good example is this post I found in the internet. A young kid has been feeding some stray dogs in his village and at a young age, he already knew what he wanted to do to help them out. You may find more information about this young compassionate boy in his website.

We can teach our kids to be compassionate at an early age and with these tips, they will surely learn how to be more caring.

  • Start them young in volunteering work. They will get the right exposure on how to offer assistance to those who are dire in need.
  • If you are into visiting people who needs aid, you can take them when you visit the orphanage, home for the aged, hospital wards and dog/cat shelters and allow them to help you out when you care for the elders, sick people, and abandoned pets. You may encourage them to join programs in the hospitals wards where they can assist in feeding the sick or care for the aged and even pets in the shelter.
  • Show them pictures of other kids demonstrating compassion, generosity and care.
  • Explain to them the importance of showing compassion to others and how feeling their pain can help him/her to be more respectful, caring and considerate of others.
  • Teach them to donate unused and old toys and explain why it is a good thing to donate them. Tell them how those toys will make other children who are less fortunate happy.
  • Lastly, be an example so your kids will emulate you.



Professional Care For The Seniors




When retirement time comes. it’s comforting to know that there are a lot of options for seniors who need a little extra help to enjoy their golden years. Professional property management companies that specialise in senior housing have developed a number of residential care and retirement communities that provide varying levels of services and amenities. Here are some examples of the different types of senior housing options available.

Retirement Villages
Retirement villages are communities that are developed especially to suit the needs and interests of the older population. These communities are for Australians over a certain age who are able to live independently. Many retirement villages offer opportunities for social interaction such as clubs, outings and social events. There are often amenities available that range from community swimming pools to meeting rooms. Some also offer carpooling and other services to help residents maintain their freedom while still receiving vital assistance for shopping and medical appointments.

Home Care
Home care packages allow older Australians to contract for customized levels of in-services. These services can range from part-time domestic help to nursing assistance, in order to provide the means for seniors to get a little extra help while remaining comfortable in their own homes.

Residential Care
Residential care is an option for seniors who require more help with their daily needs they offer families the peace of mind of knowing that their loved ones are in safe and capable hands. These facilities combine the comfort of a home-like residential atmosphere with round-the-clock medical assistance available and aged care packages that are tailored to the individual.

Finding the right facility for yourself or your loved ones is a simple matter of research. You can rely on personal references from friends or acquaintances or investigate a number of companies that specialise in providing such accommodation. A well-rounded provider will have knowledge of the aged care system and can help find a facility that is suitable for your individual needs.

The stivesgroup.com.au is an example of a forward-thinking group of professionals who care about their neighbors. Well-planned and implemented communities that see to the needs of their residents are the wave of the future. Our parents and grandparents deserve the peace and care such programs and residential homes can provide.


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