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Six Indicators of an Ill-Fitting Bra

Although most women wear bras, few of us know our correct bra size. The following examples will illustrate that you might be doing something wrong.

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1. The Centre Front Panel Isn’t Resting Against Your Skin

If the cups are too small, the bra will be sitting on your breasts instead of your sternum. The same applies if your skin is pinched under the wire. Do yourself a favour and go up a cup size.

2. Two Breasts Visible

From under a t-shirt two round shapes should be visible. It shouldn’t look as if two babies are trying to peek out of their pouches. If it looks as if your boobs are joined in the middle, it looks equally unattractive. In both cases, you are wearing cup size too small.

3. Armpit Boobs

Those flabby bits that pop over the side or the top of the cup are once again caused by cups that are too small.

4. The Edges of the Cups Are Not Flush with Your Skin and the Cups Are Wrinkled

It is here that one has to draw a delicate balance. Although you don’t want your breasts peeking over the edges, you need to make sure that they lie flat against the edges of the cups. If not, you need a cup size smaller. If this is all getting confusing, take the time to have yourself professionally fitted for a suitable style like the Prima Donna Deauville White Bra at places such as

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5. The Strap Creates Back Cleavage or Back Fat

If you have cleavage at the back, the band is way too tight. However, the little rolls seen above your band are caused by a band that is too big and rides up. When you raise your arms in the air, the band should not be moving on or away from its position. Tight bands can become very uncomfortable and lead to back ache. Wearing the correct size is essential to your general health and well-being.

6. The Straps Fall Off or Dig into Your Skin

The straps are not what should be holding your boobs up. Be sure to adjust them to your height without having them dig into your skin.

A well-fitting bra will be comfortable and make the clothing covering it look great too.

Unruly pupils to be recorded using body-worn cameras

It would appear that the number of naughty and unruly children in classes has reached an all-time high, forcing many teachers to resort to desperate measures. Following London’s Met Police service rolling out the use of cameras attached to their uniforms last October, the idea is becoming more and more popular, across a variety of public sector environments, including in schools with problem students.

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Teachers are ‘fed up’

A proposed new pilot which was recently approved by local education authorities will see at least two secondary schools trialling body worn cameras for three months, to record any disruption in their classes. These cameras will allegedly film only when switched on during an incident, as opposed to filming at all times. It has also been noted that students will receive a verbal warning when the cameras are being turned on.

According to a spokesperson, teachers are fed up of constant levels of disruption preventing them from doing their jobs. The cameras are aimed at tackling these issues and deterring them.

Is the idea ethical?

Many parents have voiced their concerns over the use of cameras in schools. Whilst the wearing of body cameras is legal, provided certain regulations are closely observed (, there are always going to be some concerns when it comes to the filming of minors.

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Others have claimed it is an ‘over the top’ reaction to the problem, and won’t solve the issue. However, body cameras have proven to be efficient in other situations requiring deterrents or visual evidence, and those behind the trial are confident the results will be similar in this instance.

How could the trial help?

According to studies, a third of newer teachers don’t see a future in their professions. Whilst a large proportion of these claim their decreasing interest in their role is down to an overwhelming workload, it’s no secret that more and more teachers are changing roles, which is likely to eventually cause a staffing shortage.

By tackling the problem of unruly behaviour in classrooms, it is hoped this may decrease the pressure placed on teachers, and encourage more to remain in the profession long-term.

How do you feel about the use of body cameras in schools? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.

Fun projects to try with fat quarters

Finished your quilting and looking for new ways to use up those fat quarters of fabric you have? Do you need an excuse to buy some of the lovely patterns offered in fat quarters that you have seen at your local or online haberdashery? However big your pile of fat quarters, read on for some terrific ideas for projects using them.

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Fabric covered notebooks

There’s no two ways about it – fabric-covered notebooks are just more exciting, prettier and more luxurious than standard notebooks. The good thing is you only need to buy cheap hardback notebooks – ideally A5 or smaller – and cover them with fabric to create a far more expensive-looking notebook. These make ideal gifts for birthdays or Christmas – the only problem is giving them away once you have fallen in love with them!

Infant aprons

Whether for helping you to bake or getting messy with a bit of playdough and paints, aprons are essential if you have young children in the house. You can make a very cute apron for a pre-schooler or toddler using just two fat quarters. Use different patterns for a contrasting effect.

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Fabric bunting

One of the best ways to use up fat quarters is to make fabric bunting. The great thing is that each quarter will make two or even up to four triangles, depending on what size you want the bunting. Mismatch material is excellent here; however, if you end up with lots of triangles the same, be sure to alternate them as much as possible. Unlike paper bunting, fabric bunting can be re-used for every party or event you hold.

Buying fat quarters

The concept of fat quarters has been around for a long time and they have always been very popular with quilting enthusiasts. Fat quarters are available from most haberdasheries, either cut to order or more often sold as remnants with leftover fabric, and tend to come from cotton fabric stocked by suppliers such as

Dolly clothes

Fat quarters are the ideal size to make dresses, jumpers or hats for dollies and teddies.

As you can see, there are lots of great projects you can try with fat quarters. Additional projects include making a small purse and bag for children, an oven mitt, a sunglasses case, or even a phone cover.

Key Things To Know About Mattresses

Even though we sleep on a mattress every night, it is something that most of us do not pay a lot of attention to. However, there are several things that you need to know about your mattress. Your mattress is one of the factors that determine whether or not you get a good night’s rest.

Your Mattress Need to be Replaced Every Eight Years

It may be time for you to start looking for mattresses for sales. Mattresses should be replaced after about years. Mattresses have a tendency to break down as they get older. This can lead to back problems. It can also lead to achy joints and muscles and make sleeping more difficult.

There are several signs that suggest you are in need of a new mattress. If your mattress is worn and saggy, then you may need to get a new one. You may also need a new mattress if you keep waking up tired and sore.

A Mattress can Worsen Your Allergies

Many mattresses have wool inside of them. This can trigger or worsen allergies. Wool is also a nesting ground for dust mites. That is why you should check to see what type of material the mattress is made out of before you decide to buy it.

The Size of Your Mattress Matters

If you are sleeping by yourself, then you may only need a twin-sized or full-sized mattress. However, if you are sharing a bed, then it is a good idea to invest in a queen-sized mattress. This will ensure that both of you are able to sleep comfortably and have enough space in the bed.

You may also want to consider buying a memory foam mattress if you are sharing a bed. Memory foam mattresses are designed to reduce motion transfer. If your partner gets out of the bed or moves at night, then you will be less likely to feel it.

You Should use a Mattress Protector

Regardless of whether you have a brand new mattress or an old one, you should invest in a mattress protector. A protector will keep your mattress in the like-new condition for a longer period of time. A protector will also keep your mattress clean.

Sweat, skin cells and dirt are just a few of the many things that your mattress can absorb. Furthermore, if you have a new mattress, then you can protect the warranty by using a cover.

Flea and Tick Control Tips for Pet Owners

Those with indoor-outdoor pets have probably at least occasionally discovered fleas and ticks in their home or on their dog or cat. Ticks can harbor disease and fleas can make pets uncomfortable and eventually cause skin disorders. For this reason, it is important to implement adequate flea and tick control measures to stop such problems before they escalate.

Preventing Flea and Tick Invasions

Regularly vacuuming all areas of the home to which the pet has access is a simple but effective way to prevent flea and tick infestations. The pet’s bedding, pillows, furniture, area rugs, carpets and bare floors should be thoroughly cleaned. It is also important to remember hard-to-reach areas, such as closet floors, and the carpet under furniture and beds.

After these areas are cleaned, a light dusting of food grade diatomaceous earth–DE– should be applied to pet bedding, bare floors and carpets. However, it is important to choose food grade DE and not the type designed for use in swimming pools, as the latter is toxic to animals and humans.

In addition to DE, pet owners may also wish to use cedar oil, which repels both ticks and fleas and can be applied to pet bedding and the surrounding environment, as well as the pets themselves.

If possible, pet owners should designate a specific sleeping area for their dog or cat, preferably one that is easy to clean. This is because fleas tend to accumulate in areas where pets sleep, and therefore if they can be eliminated at that point in time, controlling the situation becomes easier in the future.

Another great remedy to eliminate fleas at the larval stage is sodium polyborate, which can be purchased in powder form and apply directly to wood and carpets. However, children and pets should be kept from the room for about two hours after the product is applied. One application of sodium polyborate will last approximately a year unless the carpets are steam cleaned.

Additional products can be purchased at one’s local veterinarian, such as flea bombs, and flea and tick sprays that can be used via a pump to lightly coat the interior of the home. Most products of this type have a residual effect of up to 90 days. This ensures that the entire flea and tick cycle is broken.

Treating Pets

It is also essential to treat one’s dog or cat simultaneously so that fleas and ticks are not reintroduced to the treated areas of the home. A flea dip can be scheduled at any local animal hospital.

If the aforementioned tips are followed and fleas and ticks are still a problem, a pest-control specialist should be called. Such individuals have experience with flea and tick control and have additional products at their disposal that can be utilized to eliminate pests of this kind. Anyone who suspects an infestation is underway should contact a professional as soon as possible.

Getting The Most From Your Reading

There is often negativity when it comes to getting a psychic reading. Some people believe that it’s against religious beliefs while others think that the reader doesn’t know anything about being able to tell details about the future. A psychic by phone is sometimes the best way to go if you want basic details of what you might be able to expect in the future. However, keep in mind that the information you get isn’t something that is definitely going to happen. It’s simply an indication as to where your life path is headed based on the alignment of the stars and planets. Read more

5 More Ways to Get Active with Your Kids

It can be difficult to think up new ways to get children interested in exercising. Try these five ideas to help encourage your child to be more active and to have fun in the process.

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1. Beside the Seaside

Most children love a trip to the beach, and a visit to a sandy destination can be a great opportunity for active fun. Running through the waves, swimming and a game with a Frisbee are all ways to encourage your child to exercise while enjoying themselves, with the added benefit of being able to build a sand castle afterwards.

2. Spending Time

One of the best ways to help children get active is to get involved yourself. Aim to set aside some time every weekend to plan a fun activity with your children – perhaps try something new you’ve always fancied but never found time for. A game of catch or football in the garden is a good place to start, or maybe something more challenging such as indoor rock-climbing or ice-skating. The options are endless.

3. Look Online

There are lots of websites full of useful suggestions on how to encourage your child to stay active. The National Parks website, for example, includes a list of adventure ideas to help you plan an active day out for all the family in the beautiful British countryside, letting your child become an intrepid explorer for a day.

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4. Encourage Them to Try a New Sport

Sports are great for getting kids up and moving about, as well as giving them the opportunity to make new friends. There are so many different sports to choose from that your child should easily be able to find one that suits them. Football kits and other sporting equipment can be easily sourced online from sites such as, leaving you with more time to spend cheering from the sidelines.

5. Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Kites might seem old-fashioned, but their enduring popularity among children and adults alike isn’t down to chance. Brightly coloured designs can help to catch your child’s attention and lead to hours of active fun. Kite-making kits are also available to buy (another activity to help keep your child occupied over the holidays) and can boost your child’s interest in taking their creation out for long test flights.

What goes with wood flooring?

The simple answer to that question is ‘everything’. Wooden floors are probably the most versatile flooring you can have.

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Their timeless, elegant appearance goes with just about any interior style and any colour scheme, and will also make your house more sellable when it’s time to move.

Different finishes

A highly polished finish to your floor will give a sleek and modern look to your room. It will also reflect lots of light, so is a good option for darker rooms, or anywhere you want to maximise natural daylight. If you have floorboards, you can varnish them or paint them with a high-gloss paint. If you prefer a more rustic look, a distressed wood floor might be more to your taste, with its ‘lived in’ look. It’s also more tolerant of the bumps and scrapes of family life, which only add to the appeal of the distressed look.

Mix and match

The beauty of natural materials like wood is that you can mix and match. Don’t worry if you have a pine door, oak table and wenge floors – the combination will look relaxed and pleasantly eclectic. If you are installing a new floor, and want to make sure it works well with your existing furniture, opt for a mid-toned wood or laminate, like a natural pine or dark oak, as these will be a good neutral backdrop. Flooring specialists like wood floor warehouse have a great range of flooring to meet all budgets and tastes.

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Warm up with textures

While wood, tiles and laminates all look good, the one thing that hard floors lack is a little softness and cosiness. Rugs can warm up a room, both in looks and in terms of retaining heat, and will also help reduce noise levels. If you have open plan living areas, rugs will also define your room, helping to ‘zone’ your space, and they can be moved around to suit your needs. Put them in front of a sofa for a cosy space, or along a hallway to reduce draughts.

Curtains and cushions will also soften the look of a sitting room or bedroom. If you like a neutral, simple look, choose natural fabrics in creams, greys and taupe, but pops of bright colour and patterns will also sit beautifully against the natural tones of a wooden floor or laminate.

What Does the Law Say About Safe Children’s Play Areas?

If you are considering installing a children’s play area or would like to upgrade your current one, then you need to consider whether it will comply with the significant health and safety requirements that are imposed as a matter of law. Failure to do so could render you liable for a compensation payout in the future if your play area is not compliant.

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If someone uses your playground and is hurt as a result, you could potentially be liable for negligence. Ultimately, such cases would be decided by a judge in court, but this happens in very few cases; it is more likely that such a case would be settled out of court.

In order to avoid such a claim, it will be important to ensure that you have complied with any health and safety regulations and that the equipment is in good condition and regularly maintained. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, it is advisable to have a routine inspections of the playground.

Health and Safety at Work and Occupier’s Liability

Both of these statutes will render you liable for the safety of visitors to the playground, and there is a limited duty to take care of those who are trespassing. The Occupier’s Liability Act also requires that greater care must be taken in respect of children. So if you are considering installing climbing frames for older children, it may be wise to ensure that they know how to use the equipment before they play. The type of playground equipment you install may also be worth considering in terms of its safety. For example, the climbing frames available at have rails for all walkways and offer additional extras such as rubber chippings and landing mats for the floor

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Whilst the RoSPA suggests making an annual inspection of a playground, the Health and Safety Executive recommends that an inspection regime for play equipment and surfaces takes place on at least weekly basis for a visual inspection only. Operational inspections should take place at least every quarter, and an annual inspection should be carried out by an independent expert.

Given that, according to RoSPA, there are over 40,000 accidents on children’s playgrounds each year that require hospitalisation, the prudence of taking the recommended precautions is clear.

3 Tips for Making Life Changing Decisions

Making life changing decisions is something that everyone experiences. The older we get, the more difficult they become because we start to lay down roots. Suddenly, these decisions affect more than just yourself. When you have more at stake, career guidance and counseling is one option that will help you work toward your goals while balancing them with the rest of your life.

Here are three tips for those who are about to make a life changing decision.

Have a Vision

If you know what your ultimate goal is, making a life changing decision should become easier. Before every important decision you make, simply estimate if your choice will get you closer to your ultimate goal. Remember, your life is not going to travel in a straight line. There will be zigs and zags from Point A to Point B. In some cases, there may be a step back before you go forward three. A vision, though, helps you stay focused. When life throws you a curve ball, you can deal with it and then, get back to business.

Write a Pros and Cons List

Choices are not perfect, but if the pros outweigh the cons, then a choice may be good enough. Jotting down the pros and cons of a life changing decision is a great way to see the bigger picture. It also allows you to easily factor in how it will affect those that will be directly impacted as well. A pros and cons list also keeps you honest. If an amazing job opportunity could be yours, but you have to move, you can determine how your new salary and expenses compare to your current salary and expenses. Then, you can go from there.

Just do It

It sounds cliche, but sometimes, a life changing decision requires you to just do it. There is only so much thinking, analyzing and mulling over you can do before it becomes unproductive. There are plenty of successful figures in history and the present who took chances and eventually, came out on the other side well. Fear, doubt and failure are scary possibilities that sometimes have to be faced, head on.

Making a decision that is going to change your life will weigh on you, but having a life vision, pros and cons list, and a just do it mentality can make it easier.

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