Keeping Track Of My Steps on My Fitbit Charge 4

I never really bothered to keep track of the number of steps I clocked in daily until we were in a partial lockdown during the MCO recently. With our days locked up at home everyday for months, I was terribly worried of being sedentary and later had to suffer from the consequences. It was then that I strapped on my 5-year old Fitbit Charge HR throughout the day to keep track of my steps. I tried to move around in the house as much as I could and did exercises outside our unit on the corridor. Later, I started to climb stairs daily from our unit on the 5th floor to the 18th floor and descended to the ground floor before walking up to the 5th floor again.  When the number of steps I clocked in increased, I got motivated to move even more. For a ‘kiasu’ health and fitness freak, it gives me such a lot of satisfaction whenever my Fitbit vibrates  and confetti rains down the screen of my tracker to congratulate me for achieving 10k steps😁

I exercise 5 times a week from Mondays through Fridays. On some days, I exercise twice a day – once from 6:20 am – 7:00 am after sending off Cass up the school van and another time from 7:30 am – 8:00 am after dropping off Sherilyn at school. On days that I exercise twice a day, my total step count for the day exceeds 18k.

My step count yesterday as of 7:50 pm was 17,116, totaling approximately 12km, as shown in my new Fitbit Charge 4. I’m loving my new tracker to bits!

With a mission accomplished, I had the allowance to buy my favorite Nyonya kuih from the roadside stall after my run this morning 🤭

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Where To Find Cheap Bridesmaid Dresses?

For brides-to-be, the deluge of wedding details and planning can be totally overwhelming.  Between finding the perfect venue and photographer, hunting for your dream wedding gown, there’s scoping out for bridesmaid dresses too. All these have to fit into a budget and this seems to be a tricky affair.

Bridesmaid dress shopping is not as easy as one might think as you’re dealing with different budgets, body types, and style preferences.  But while it’s a challenging process, it doesn’t have to be a stressful one.  Here are some tips on choosing bridesmaid dresses to help you get started with some things to consider:

1. Consider different body types.
If your bridesmaids have a variety of body types, you might not want to stick them all in the same dress design. Your bridesmaids will look most comfortable and happy chaperoning you when they feel flattered in the gown they’re wearing. You can stay open minded to a mix of dress styles, which can totally be in different or the same color, to your preference.

2. Coordinate with your wedding gown.
Be sure to have chosen your wedding gown before deciding on your bridesmaids dresses as you do not want your girls to be in dresses that will outshine you.

3.  Keep to a budget
Don’t even bother looking at dresses that are above your budget. Wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses are something that will only be worn once, so make affordability a top priority. At Alfabridal, it is the shop’s mission to offer affordable bridesmaids dresses at only $99 a piece. Yes you read that right!

4. Shop and order early
It is advisable to order your bridesmaid gowns 3-4 months in advance of the wedding, to allow ample time for exchanges or alterations if needed.

You really don’t have to spend a fortune on ​dresses for your bridesmaids. There are many top online shops that offer amazing wedding dresses for different budgets. At Alfabridal for example, you will find thousands of styles sold at factory prices. The dresses are so pretty and elegant that you may even consider choosing a bridesmaid dress as your wedding dress!

Aim to be a budget-savvy bride. With the money saved on wedding attire, you and your groom can splurge on a romantic honeymoon or spend it on your new house.

 

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Ways to Save For Your Children’s Future

3 Ways to Save for Your Children’s Future
Did you know that a child will cost its parents around $22,000 every year from birth until they are 18? This is, of course, an average, and it takes into account all kinds of different costs including housing, food, health care, transport, vacations, and hobbies. However, this figure doesn’t include any savings you might want to have for your child’s future, and when you think about this, it is an important figure to know about. After all, having a saving’s pot to help your child start their adult lives in the best possible way is something many parents are keen to do.

If the cost of doing this seems as though it is an impossible extra, there is no need to worry. There are many different ways to save for your child’s future; read on to discover some of them. 

Create a Savings Account
Before you can start saving money for your child, you are going to need a good place to put it. Leaving cash under your mattress may have worked in the past, but there are now very secure banks, many of which you don’t ever even have to visit because you can do all your banking online, and this is a much better idea to keep your child’s money safe until they need it for college, or a down payment on a house after speaking with the experts at Azembel.com.

If you set up an automatic payment every month, you will be able to save money without even having to think about it, and the sooner you start, the more you can save. If you don’t want to be tempted to use that money before you can give it to your child, you should find an account that can’t be opened for a set amount of time, or that comes with penalties if you withdraw money too early. 

Sell as They Grow 
You might not have any ‘spare money’ to put into a savings account right now, and if that’s the case you’re certainly not alone. Many people have just the right amount of money they need and no more, which makes saving hard. However, it does not mean it is impossible. 

If you sell your child’s clothes, books, and toys as they grow out of them, and put the money you make into a special savings account as mentioned above, this is a great way to gift them saved money once they turn 18 or 21, and it won’t leave you out of pocket in any way. It will also help to clear your home of clutter, so there really is no downside to this idea. 

Teach Good Financial Sense 
Saving money and giving that money to your child when they are old enough and need it for something important is a wonderful thing for a parent to do. What’s even more wonderful is to teach that child good financial sense so that they understand more about saving money and don’t necessarily go out and spend the whole lot all at once on frivolous items. 

If you can help them as they grow and teach them why saving is good and how not to get into debt, you will be doing them a huge service, and even if you can’t save money for them you will still be giving them a very important and lifelong gift.

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Foods to Avoid for Good Dental Health

Though they are the primary tool used in eating, your teeth can be damaged by the foods you eat. Tooth decay or gum disease can lead to changes in your teeth alignment, requiring the services of a Queen Creek orthodontics office in order to chew and swallow without discomfort. Cavities can be caused by poor oral hygiene and a diet filled with foods that are high in sugar or contain ingredients that erode the enamel from your teeth. If you want to focus on oral health, here is a list of some foods and drinks that you should avoid.

Sour Coated Candies

Candies, because of their high sugar content, are bad for your teeth, but sour candies are the worst. There are several different acids in candies that have a more damaging effect on the teeth. They are also a lot harder to chew, leaving the coating from the candies on your teeth for longer periods of time. Snack of a square of dark chocolate if you are in the mood for something sweet.

Alcohol

It has long been recommended that you avoid high consumption of alcohol for heart and liver concerns, but alcohol also has an impact on your oral health. Your mouth becomes extremely dry when you drink liquor or alcohol, removing the saliva that helps naturally keep your teeth clean. Saliva is instrumental in preventing oral infections, gum disease, and tooth decay.

Bread

Many who are struggle with their weight have been told to give up carbs, with white bread being one of the more well-known culprits of delivering too many carbs. However, bread is also damaging to the teeth when saliva breaks down the starch and convert it into sugar. The pasty conversion sticks to all the cracks and crevices of the mouth, increasing the risk for cavities. If you can make the switch to whole grain bread, you will do your teeth a favor.

Carbonated Drinks

Ranking as terrible as candy is the category of carbonated drinks. It doesn’t matter if you choose a diet soda or prefer a caffeine-free, the effects of carbonated drinks on your teeth have considered as damaging as using crack cocaine or methamphetamine. Plaque forms more easily and acid from the beverage attacks your tooth enamel and increases the risk of tooth decay. Sodas can also be very drying, repeating the saliva problem found in alcohol.

You can prevent cavities and a buildup of plaque from causing pain and sensitivity by choosing your foods carefully. Put these items at the top of the list of foods to avoid.

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