Unique baby names that you’ll absolutely adore

Wednesday, 27 January, 2016

If you are planning on becoming a parent, or you just love babies, then this list is for you. Here is a compilation of up-and-coming names that are beautifully unique and bound to be popular this year:

For the girls…

GIRL1 GIRL2 GIRL3 GIRL4 GIRL5 GIRL6 GIRL7 GIRL8 GIRL9 GIRL10

For the boys…

Boy1 Boy2 Boy3 Boy4 Boy5 Boy6 Boy7 Boy8 Boy9 Boy10

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7 things you should avoid saying to your husband

Tuesday, 26 January, 2016

At one point or another, you’re bound to say the wrong thing to your spouse.

At Yours.co, we believe in the importance strong families. To help protect your relationship and build your husband up – instead of tearing him down – here are 10 things, we suggest, you avoid saying to your husband:Pic1Let him help! Just because you like to load the dishwasher a particular way, doesn’t mean the way he does it is wrong. If he offers to help out around the house, accept his offer with gratitude. By rejecting his service, you risk making him feel incompetent.Pic2Beware of “always” and “never” – particularly when you’re fighting. These statements are often used to make a strong point, but they’re typically untrue. Don’t dismiss all of the great times he has done the right thing.Pic3Avoid making comparisons. You wouldn’t want to be compared to other wives, and he certainly doesn’t want to be compared to other husbands. If you have to compare, focus on all of the great things he does that all of your friends’ spouses don’t.Pic4Insults don’t have any place in a marriage. Even when he does something completely wrong, doesn’t mean he deserves to be called names. Be kind to your husband – always. Name-calling is a destructive habit and only leads to pain.Pic5If you’re not okay, let him know! Don’t hide it. A good man wants to be there for you, to comfort you and protect you from hurt. If you’re not fine, talk to him about it, instead of keeping it in.Pic6One of the greatest ways to show someone love is by showing them empathy. Instead of dismissing his worries or stresses, put yourself in his shoes. Couples who learn how to suffer well with one another, stay together.Pic7Listen to his thoughts and ideas. Let him know that his opinion matters. If you don’t agree, express it in a way that is kind.

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5 scientific reasons why you should give more hugs

Wednesday, 20 January, 2016

If physical touch isn’t your thing, then maybe you should reconsider.

Hugs definitely feel nice, but did you know there are physiological benefits as well? Scientists and researchers have found that a simple embrace can have a huge impact on your overall mental and physical wellness.

So get your arms ready, because here are 10 reasons why you should be giving people hugs on a regular basis:

1. Increases oxytocin

Also known as the “cuddle chemical,” this powerful hormone and brain neurotransmitter plays a powerful role in relationships. Hugs release oxytocin, which helps couples build deep, lasting attachments.

2. Prevents you from getting sick

It may seem a little counter-intuitive, because if you touch people, you’d think you would be more likely to get sick. However, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found the complete opposite. The subjects who received hugs felt more social support and were less susceptible to stress-induced illnesses.

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3. Decreases stress

Feeling overwhelmed? Then go find someone to hug. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin found that the participants who got hugs from their moms had less stress after giving a big presentation.

4. Soothes your fears

Life can be scary, but that doesn’t mean you need to worry. One study found that a simple touch can provide comfort and help relieve fear. (Even if it’s an inanimate object, like a teddy bear.)

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5. Confidence boost

Parents, it’s very important that you hug your kids. Studies have also found that, “Being hugged and comforted as a baby effects us to a cellular level, reassuring us that we are loved and safe. Establishing this security early on lays the foundation for life-long confidence.”

So get out there and give someone a hug!

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10 times when parenthood was the best and worst thing you ever decided to do

Tuesday, 12 January, 2016

When you’re in the parenthood trenches, surviving day-to-day life with your kids can be a battle. We promise that one day, all of those stinky diapers, late nights and science fair projects will all be happy memories. (Ones that you’ll want to record and save with Yours.co.)

But until then, you’ll probably painfully relate to these moments when parenthood was the most amazing, hilarious and (sometimes) awful thing you’ve chosen to do:

1. The universal question…

#parentingproblems (via @buzzfeedparents)

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2. Going to the bathroom without disruption? Don’t even think about it.

3. “Deadly” takes on a whole new meaning.

4. Selfies for days.

Selfies everywhere!

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5. Sometimes they’re funny…

6. They cry for the most random reasons.

7. They’ll get around to it…eventually.

Still waiting…

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8. It’s hard not to laugh.

The cutest mess you'll ever see… #weaning #parentingproblems #parentinglife

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9. Bonding time.

10. And when all else fails…

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23 simple actions that will change your life forever

Friday, 8 January, 2016

At Yours.co, we celebrate life every single day by preserving memories. We love capturing moments that matter, and we want to help you create a life full of joy – one worth remembering.

To help you find greater happiness each day, here are 23 simple actions that will change your life forever:

  1. Hug someone you love every single day.

Studies have shown that physical touch has immense emotional and physical benefits. A simply hug can release oxytocin into your body, which helps relieve stress, reduce anxiety, and increase bonding.

  1. Go on regular social media breaks.

Spending too much time on social media can lead to depression. Learn to unplug. Get off Facebook for a week and see how it affects your life.

  1. Use a list app to get organized.

Download a list app on your phone to help you keep track of what you need to get done. That way, you won’t ever forget what you need to do, and you can keep your life organized.

  1. Find a favorite comedian on YouTube.

Then put them on repeat on those days when you just need a good laugh. Laughter is great medicine.

  1. Accept compliments graciously.

When someone says something kind to you, thank him or her and take it to heart. Don’t brush of compliments. Embrace them!

  1. Have a favorite outfit.

Keep at least one clothing item in your closet that makes you feel like a million bucks every time you wear it.

  1. Take pictures of insignificant moments.

People often take pictures of big events, but they miss out on the small, everyday moments that make up most of their lives. Capture those times, because those will be the ones that mean the most.

  1. Pay off your credit card.

Never spend more than you have. Pay off your credit card each month and avoid debt as much as you can. Don’t let money weigh you down.

  1. Downplay negativity.

It’s okay to have a bad day sometimes, but it’s draining when you have a bad day every day. Focus on the positive and don’t let things get to you.

  1. Remember people’s names.

In his book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie teaches, “A person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” When you know a person’s name, it shows that you genuinely care.

11.  Dejunk

A few times a year, go through all of your things and get rid of anything that you either (1) don’t like, or (2) haven’t used in a year. Donate them to charity.

  1. Invest in experiences.

Did you know that planning for a trip can increase your happiness levels? Instead of just investing in things, also invest in making memories.

  1. Buy fruit, not chips.

One of the best ways to stop eating unhealthy is by not purchasing unhealthy food. Keep chips, cookies, soda and other fatty foods out of your cupboards and fill up your fridge with healthy snacks that you like to eat.

14.  Meditate

Studies have shown that people who meditate on a regular basis have reduced stress and better focus. It’s a great way to reset your mind and soul.

  1. Do things that scare you.

Be brave! You have the power to do amazing things. Don’t hold yourself back!

  1. Unsubscribe from emails.

Keep your inbox clutter-free by getting rid of emails you’ll never read. They’re just distractions you don’t need.

  1. Make a playlist of all your favorite songs.

Music has a profound effect on emotions. Use it to calm you down, pump you up and make you feel good.

  1. Go outside as often as possible.

Sunlight helps the body produce vitamin D and which is essential for building strong bones. A little fresh air can make the world of difference.

  1. Don’t fight with people online.

(Especially strangers.) It’s not worth the energy. Instead, have constructive and invigorating conversations with people in real life.

  1. Focus on the now.

Stop dwelling on the past. If you’ve made mistakes, today is the perfect day to make amends and move forward.

  1. Have a cleaning schedule.

Instead of tackling the entire house all in one day, come up with a schedule so that you’re focusing on small areas each week.

  1. Get enough sleep.

A lack of sleep can lead to weight gain and stress (among other problems). Don’t let yourself get grumpy, because you didn’t get enough zzz’s. Get to bed early.

  1. Practice smiling.

Researchers have found that using positive thoughts to help you genuinely smile can boost your happiness levels. So even if you don’t feel like it, slap a grin on your face and fake it ‘til you make it.

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9 things you’ll wish you put on your wedding registry

Wednesday, 6 January, 2016

Planning out a wedding registry is both fun and stressful. There are lot of gift options out there, but some are definitely better than others. (Honestly, you don’t need a breakfast sandwich maker. )

Here is a list of items most people don’t think about, but later regret that they didn’t add them to their wedding gift list:

1. A Good Camera

Cell phone cameras are getting better all the time, but they still don’t beat a DSLR camera. Most wedding gifts will eventually end up in the dump, but you’ll want to keep your pictures forever.

2. Storage Shelves

Once you get all of the stuff you registered for, where are you going to put it? Book cases, shelves and other storage containers definitely come in handy.

Pick your favorite book out of your BILLY bookcase – it's #ReadABookDay!

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3. Yard Care Tools

You probably aren’t thinking about lawn mowers when you’re walking around registering for dishes, but you’ll get more miles out of a lawn mower than you’ll ever get out of a fancy teacup.

4. More Towels

This probably won’t make sense until you get your first set of visitors, and then you’ll be really grateful that you have more than just one set of towels. You’ll also appreciate it when you haven’t done laundry in a while, and you want to dry off without smelling like a stinky towel.

5. Drill

This household tool is bound to save you at least once in your marriage. Every husband needs a good drill. It’ll make those “honey-do” list items a whole lot easier to complete.

6. Camping Gear

Tents, sleeping bags and other outdoor supplies can get expensive. Add on a few camping gear items to your list, so that you and your spouse can go on cheap weekend getaways.

7. Luggage

Every couple needs a nice luggage set for business trips, weekend vacations and adventuring. Traveling is much easier when you have the right gear to get your things safely from one place to another.

8. Gift Cards

At the end of the day, it’s nice to have some extra gift cards and cash hanging around to cover additional expenses or just a night out on the town.

Last year, there were 4. This year, 100. #2014HolidayCards #SneakPeek

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10. Archival Discs

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9 tips for keeping your New Year’s resolutions

Saturday, 2 January, 2016

How many New Year’s resolutions have you achieved? If you’re anything like the 92% of Americans who fail to achieve their goals, probably not many.

Developing a new habit is a difficult task, but it’s far from impossible. Instead of giving up on your goals by February this year, make a commitment to follow through the next 365 days.

To help you, here are 9 tips on how to effectively keep your New Year’s resolutions:

  1. Pick attainable goals

Be realistic with yourself. Set goals that you honestly believe you can achieve. If you’ve never run more than a mile, then it’s probably unwise to set a goal to run a marathon. Push yourself, but be practical about it. If your goal is too lofty or impossible, you’ll get discouraged and fall apart quickly.

  1. Break it down

Once you’ve determined your main objective, break it down into smaller goals. For example, if your primary goal is to lose 15 pounds, start small and avoid going out to eat each week and exercising at least 30 minutes each day.

  1. Write it down

As the saying goes, “A goal not written down is merely a wish.” Record your goals down on a piece of paper and put them somewhere where you will see them everyday.

  1. Track your progress

After you’ve begun working toward your goal, keep a history of your progress. For example, if your goal is to read at least one book a month, write down every title and the date you completed it. By the end of the year, you’ll be able to accurately determine how well you achieved your goal.

  1. Use implementation intentions

Researchers at New York University found that people who use implementation intentions – or a trigger that sets off a specific action – are significantly more likely to achieve their goals. For example, you decide that whenever you turn off your computer, you will go and check to make sure the dishes are put away.

  1. Identify barriers

It’s important to identify what might cause you to fail, so you can avoid or resolve those potential issues. Make a list of things that would prohibit you from achieving your goal and then work through them one-by-one and come up with a game plan to counteract those barriers to success.

  1. Build a support network

Let your family and friends know what your goals are and ask if you can be accountable to them. Find other people who are trying to achieve the same goals as you and create a support group. Ask for support. You’re not in this alone.

  1. Forgive yourself

If you do run into problems and start falling short, don’t give up! Instead of giving up completely, strategize and move forward. Don’t let one bad week ruin your entire year.

  1. Reward yourself

Don’t wait until the end of the year to celebrate – enjoy the small victories. Determine how you are going to reward yourself each step of the way.

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